Sports betting was legalized in Alberta, Canada, on September 1st, 2021.
Making Alberta the 8th province in Canada to allow single-game sports betting, which was previously
probihited by a now decriminalized federal law.
Sports betting in Canada is run on a provincial level, in Alberta's case, the gaming sector is administered by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. Despite the ruling by the Canadian federal government, sports betting in Alberta is very limited, and there are only two legal avenues for residents to bet on : Play Alberta and Sport Select. Neither of which are available through an application, meaning users seeking to wager on these platforms must do so through their websites.
Bettors however can also play on grey-market sportsbooks in Alberta that we have gone over below.
Starting to bet in Alberta, CA is very simple, and resembles the sports betting experience in other provinces. Thanks to the legalization of sports betting - albiet limited in options - you will be able to follow the steps below to place your first wager.
Yes, it is completely legal to bet on sports in the province of Alberta in Canada. As of
2021, single-game wagers can be placed both online & in person. Players can place their bets through
However, Alberta is a grey market, because there are still offshore sportsbooks in Alberta that while not regulated by the government in Canada, are still able to offer their products to the province.
At this point almost all the Canadian provinces have a single-game betting platform, but Ontario is the still the only province in the country that has created a regulated pathway for privately run sportsbooks to operate.
Alberta has already announced that it will be bringing in private operators into the online mix but that they will be doing so under a
"limited operator" model. Which essentially just limits the number of operators that there will be.
The following companies seem to be in the running for a spot to run their sportsbooks legally in Alberta under the regulation of their government.
Alberta sportsbooks boast offerings that include most major sports such as NHL, NFL, baseball, NBA, and soccer. But there are more options such as :
Sports betting is handled on the provincial level in Canada and therefore you have different requirements
and sports betting experiences throughout the country. One major distinction that you will find in Alberta in
comparison to some other provinces in the country is that in Alberta you only have to be 18 years old while in
other places - British Columbia, Ontario and others - it is 19.
When it comes to the sports gambling landscape in Alberta there is one thing that everyone is waiting on, for the government here to open their doors to allow more private operators in the region. Something that for example has already happened in Ontario, which as a byproduct, is one of the best places in Canada to wager on sports.
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