Industry: 7 dumb reasons bill C-290 hasn't passed into law yet

If you live south of the border and you're no stranger to sports betting, you may be wondering why Canada doesn't have legalized single-game wagering yet.

So are Canadians.

“There should be no controversy on passing Bill C-290, as it went through the House of Commons without a single dissenting voice,” said Windsor West Member of Parliament Bill Masse, last week. “Bill C-290 has significant support from political parties, provincial governments, gaming associations, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce itself."

Yet, here we are a year and a half since the bill was unanimously passed in the House of Commons while a group of the Senate drags its feet in giving it the rubber stamp.  

With that in mind, here are the seven dumbest reasons that single game sports betting hasn't been legalized in Canada yet.

1. Sports betting is already legal in every province in Canada. You just have to bet in parlay form - a minimum of two games on a ticket in some spots.

2. Billions of taxable dollars are wagered illegally by Canadians each year. 

3. If you really want to prevent match fixing, the best way to do it is in a regulated market. Every high profile betting scandal that a Senator has made reference to - Tim Donaghy, Pete Rose, Black Sox - all happened in a black-market betting environment, so they are simply contradicting themselves.  

4. Never in Canadian history has the Senate shot down a bill unanimously passed in the House of Commons by elected officials. Ever. 

5. The purpose of the Senate is to provide "sober second thought". It's purpose is not to impose its moral views on Canadians. Senators make a base salary of $135,200 per year while the average Canadian income is $38,700 according to Stats Canada.   

6. Renewed cries for Senate reform have sprung up following a senatorial spending scandal. Do they really want to give Canadians more reason to abolish the Senate?

7. The window for tourism dollars will only last so long before sports betting is legalized across the U.S. and beyond.


Other recent news in sports betting:

-- As expected, New Jersey filed its petition for an en banc hearing in the Third Circuit Friday.

-- Neat story on how much Las Vegas casinos are willing to carry in markers and how deadbeat gamblers are a key economic indicator.

-- Cantor Gaming is under an investigation that goes high up the food chain according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

-- This chart shows a big shift in habits of UK punters compared to just a year ago.

-- Caesars had a nightmarish week that included an investigation into Caesars' CEO of Interactive Gaming. Investigators were looking into his previous employment with European based Internet sports gambling companies that accepted wagers from Americans before 2006.

-- First sign that Bitcoins may be headed to the sports betting world. An eSports Gambling site is accepting bets with the digital currency.

-- The World Pro Billiards and Snooker Association is doing its part to clamp down on match fixing after world No. 5 Stephen Lee received a 12-year ban.

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Posted by SmithyJ
5 months ago

Hey Habs 420. The difference though, is that ALC has 3 outcomes on their ML - reducing the chance of you winning that bet. Betting on SJS last night would have been a tie result. With PlayNow.com and a 2 outcome ML their juice is considerably lower...
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Posted by leaffan
5 months ago

(My last comment on this) lol My thoughts aren’t based on skepticism, they’re based on facts and firsthand knowledge. Working in a Casino which had 750 slot machines, yet generated $120 million profit per year. Our government who wanted to promote jobs decided they needed to remove coins and go “ticket in, ticket out” For those that don’t understand it allows the “player to bet more and more often” while also trimming down staff. Having single wagering in sports would be like adding craps and blackjack tables to these types of casino’s…lower house odds. They’ll tell you they’re trying to get these table games and they’ve been saying that for years in these establishments. But they don’t come… Why, more staffing and less money. Sure they put Video blackjack and roulette, but it allows them to control what comes in and goes out. Just as making people bet parlays does. These same government run casino’s, employ people and let them stay “Contract” employees for 6 month intervals, that way they don’t have to pay full benefits or give holidays. Holidays you say…lol Our government since the inception of Casino’s has added mandatory holidays to our lives (family days) … how nice of them, it’s their cash cow days. They make every place shut down and still reap benefits also from the employers and then keep their establishments (Casino’s) open to the public. Didn’t we use to “Fine” stores for being open on Christmas day. Unfortunately speaking with an OLG Rep, for me doesn’t constitute a lot of Value. These are the same people who wanted to revive the “Horse Racing” industry and opened up Casino’s within these tracks to grow and bring entertainment. Now they’re “On” 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Nothing promotes “family day” more to me. And we worry about what different organizations in our communities bring We have a tonne of benefits living in Canada and I have seen those first hand also and would never trade that. But don’t hold your breath for Single Wagering. Should it happen though (Which Again I hope Jon is right) history shows if they aren’t making ENOUGH money, it won’t last that long. Or better yet, you won’t be able to make that wager unless you are where….At their Casino!! Lol Here’s hoping I’m wrong. Cheers
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Posted by eldorado
5 months ago

Jon, get out of here with your government run sportsbetting agenda. What kind of a tard wants the -150 juice and god knows what other bs that is going to get rammed down our throats by the OLG. Hows the government booze monopoly in ontarible working for you. This would be the end of sports betting in canada and the beginning of another government cash cow, shakedown operation.
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Posted by habs420
5 months ago

Playnow.com seems to have slightly better odds than Proline.ca. Example. Tonight's NHL games: PlayNow ProLine SJS ML - 1.22 SJS ML - 1.15 PHX ML - 1.87 PHX ML - 1.60 At this point I just wish the bill to be either passed or thrown out entirely. The threat of eternal limbo has kept me up too many nights. Great comments by all. Cheers.
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Posted by leaffan
5 months ago

Great site for sure... A lot of cool benefits, but still No Single wagering allowed on that site. A step in the right direction.
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Posted by SmithyJ
5 months ago

Check out PlayNow.com in BC. It's run by BCLC and the odds are competitive. They also are in full support of the bill http://corporate.bclc.com/blog/november/single-sports-betting.html
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Posted by Jon_Campbell
5 months ago

Haha. I understand your skepticism and don't blame you leaf fan. I have spoken with the lottos personally and it's really something they're pushing for. There's way too much money at stake for them. Thought there was some hope with the Senate spending scandal. The gov was pushing for Senate to quit dragging its feet on some of these private members' bills before parliament was prorogued last month. PM is not thrilled with the upper house right now. We'll keep you posted as things develop.
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Posted by leaffan
5 months ago

I can only hope your correct Jon and I'm sure ALL of us hope that way too. I have worked in a Casino Environment and seen first hand our Government at its finest. If they really wanted what you say..... Then I'm sure it would have been done. But the Truth is, it hasn't .... And when it does you'll be writing an Article based on their crazy lines and high juice on these single wagers. Here's hoping your right.
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Posted by Jon_Campbell
5 months ago

The truth is that some of the provincial lotteries are pushing very hard for single game wagering, B.C. being one of them. They want to be competitive in the sports betting market - not just to the recreational parlay bettor - and fully understand they'll need to offer decent lines to make that happen. I think you'll start seeing provincial lottos partner with bigger sportsbook brands to help execute that. Plus, sports lottos will they'll have the market advantage of cash in your hand when you win. That's a big convenience for most bettors and would be a huge market advantage.
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Posted by habs420
5 months ago

With Pro-line odds in Ontario already terrible in a minimum 3 game parlay (2 gamer in Niagara Falls), single game wagering odds would have to stoop to low for any real capper to wanna bet. Why would the govt. change such a lucrative business model to please the small percentage of recreational bettors that use Pro-line. Those that know what they're really doing, wager offshore online and are content with keeping the Canadian government in the closet. Who would be excited to lay -400 every night of the week for the favorite in NHL games? Not me.
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Posted by sports_Network
5 months ago

only an imbecile, or an iliterate would even consider using Canada's present Pro-line (mandatory parlay) system; -400 ML on favorites? hello degenerates! my advice, for what it's e it a chanceworth, "I urge all Canadians to simply turn your back on the present system, and just stop playing, revert to online sportbooks who do it right, and when this is all ironed out, and to the satisfactory of the serous capper/sports better, give it a chance; remember, Canada is one of the most silent corrupt 'internal' governments of the first world category- Those who understand "how Canada works" can clearly understand what I'm trying to say, without going into details, (the devil is in the details) Good call...habs420
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Posted by leaffan
5 months ago

Welcome to Our Governmnt Gaming Regulations. Biggest Joke ever. Why would they want to give up their house odds and allow single game wagering. Just take a look at our casinos. "Charity Casino's" might I add. Made to help out the horse racing industry, create employment while generating money for Cities and Municipalities. Some of these small facilities generate over a $100 million in profit each year and all they talk about is laying off and removal of horse racing. My point is they're Greed Ian's corruption is over the top. You ever read any bad publicity about these casino's? Nope and you never will, it never gets to press causes they don't want it. Welcome to Our Real Mafia (Our Government). Imagine If they allow "single" wagering to take place... The Odds will be terrible. Just remember who governs Canadian Gaming! The Canadian Government! Lol
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Posted by purejuicy
5 months ago

do anybody knows why the poker bill in the us hasnt passed yet
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Posted by leaffan
5 months ago

"Welcome to Our Governmnt Gaming Regulations. Biggest Joke ever. Why would they want to give up their house odds and allow single game wagering. Just take a look at our casinos. "Charity Casino's" might I add. Made to help out the horse raci..."