Our ranked list of top online sportsbooks for Canada's largest province - Ontario
Ontario now has legal sports betting and we did the work to find the best Ontario sportsbooks.
With a population of nearly 15 million people (2022 estimate), only four U.S. states have more people than Ontario – and only one (New York) has sports betting legislation in place. It’s no wonder that more than a dozen operators had approval to go live on the first day of legal sports betting (April 4, 2022) – and many more are on the way!
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Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
bet365 is one of the largest and most popular sportsbooks globally. With a well-received mobile app, popular same-game parlays, and a wide variety of sports leagues to bet on it’s no wonder 80 million sports bettors worldwide continue to use bet365.
Online since: 2015
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
With a large variety of ongoing promos and contests featuring Barstool personalities, Barstool Sportsbook is a solid option available for casual bettors.
While this book won’t wow you with its design, you won’t find many apps easier to navigate – or with the sheer volume of sports markets Betway offers. And although you'll find more generous signup offers elsewhere, Betway remains a strong global sports betting brand that deserves to be mentioned among the second-tier sportsbook options in the U.S.
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With competition as fierce as any U.S. state, Ontario is set up nicely to serve its sports bettors with the best options in the industry.
Ontarians already have nearly 20 sports betting options at their disposal – and with a handful of second-wave participants close to securing their licensing from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, that number will only grow. You’ll need help sorting through the options; fortunately, we’re here to assist with that.
|Best Betting App||🥇 PointsBet Sportsbook|
|Most Popular App||🥈 FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Best App for Casual Bettors||🥉 BetMGM Sportsbook|
PointsBet's app offers one of the world's deepest slates of pre-game and in-play betting options, thanks to owning and controlling its technology end-to-end. Their innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets at. Check out our complete PointsBet Sportsbook review here.
FanDuel Sportsbook has one of the best mobile apps in the country. It has received over a quarter of a million user reviews at the App Store, and it's one of the best-rated mobile apps by users in any industry, not just sports betting. Check out our complete FanDuel Sportsbook review here.
You can’t call yourself the King of Sportsbooks if you aren’t absolutely everywhere – and BetMGM’s commitment to Ontario sports bettors is a meaningful one. It doesn’t hurt, either, that BetMGM’s sports betting app is one of the best in the business, featuring tons of wagering options. Check out our complete BetMGM Sportsbook review here.
Having operated one of the top sports apps in North America prior to launching its sportsbook has given theScore Bet a significant edge when it comes to betting app functionality. Unfortunately, with no live streaming option available and limited prop odds across the board, there’s some missed potential here. Check out our complete theScore Bet review here.
Caesars is consistently a market leader anywhere it operates. They have created a heavy following due to excessive marketing and continue to offer bettors one of the industry’s most expansive mobile betting menus. Check out our complete Caesars Sportsbook review here.
DraftKings might be a little further down the list than some expect, but it’s well above average in several areas (including payout speed, available markets, and ease of interface use). That said, the lack of a phone option for customer service is a strike against an otherwise strong app. Check out our complete DraftKings Sportsbook review here.
As one of the world’s largest online betting platforms – and a long-time favourite of Ontario bettors in the grey market – bet365 has the goods to keep up with the province’s top competitors. It has one of the largest cache of available sports in the market, but betting experts will lament the perpetually low limits on wagers. Check out our complete bet365 Sportsbook review here.
Working in its favour: Coolbet features unique interactive features such as an incoming bets feed, winners feed, and regionally-focused betting leaderboard. That’s enough to warrant a long look, though the relatively new sportsbook still has work to do when it comes to fine-tuning some of its design elements. Check out our complete Coolbet Sportsbook review here.
If you’re looking for a great live betting experience, this might just be the app for you. But you’ll need to navigate a less-than-ideal interface and accept the fact that BetRivers’ overall offering is limited. Give it a shot, but keep your expectations in check. Check out our complete BetRivers Sportsbook review here.
|🚀 Launch Date||April 4, 2022|
|💰 # of Betting Sites||24|
|📱 Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🎰 Retail Sports Betting||❌ No|
|🖥️ Online Casino||✅ Yes|
|🃏 Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|₿ Cryptocurrency||❌ No|
|🏈 U.S. College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🌎 2022 Population (est.)||14.9 million|
|💸 Tax Rate||20 percent|
Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options in Ontario. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, betting apps, and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Ontario.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy. To expedite your first withdrawal process, it's also a good idea to confirm your identity as soon as possible. This will expedite your withdrawal process.
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can usually place any wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread, or total. You can also dive into team or player props or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
Caesars Sportsbook is in a unique position in the province of Ontario compared to its competitors. While they’re all entering the legal sports betting market here for the first time, Caesars Entertainment has been operating the government-owned Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino since 1994.
In 2006, the first licensed sportsbook was opened in the casino at Legends Sports Bar, which offers a 6,458 square foot viewing area. You can still participate in "Game Picks" here, which is more of the old-school Ontario Lottery, parlay-type betting system, but the casino does not provide a traditional sportsbook.
Ontarians have been active in the legal sports betting space for more than 30 years – but it wasn’t until 2022 that their options really opened up.
Having been forced to settle for parlay-only options they could only play by filling out a sheet at a kiosk, the Ontario sports betting scene was both restrictive and old school (and not in a cool way). Common sense finally prevailed in 2020, and Ontario has been one of the fastest-growing sportsbook markets in North America ever since.
Here’s a look at Ontario’s sports betting history:
The wording in the Canadian Criminal Code, amended in 1985, clarified the ground rules for sports betting in Canada. Single-game wagering was prohibited (players had to pick at least three games), and wagering would be limited to a lottery format.
The early-1990s saw the introduction of Sport Select by Pro-Line, in which players could choose three to six outright winners. The game was expanded a few years later to include Over/Under options; point spread betting was introduced not long after that.
The rules of Pro-Line wagering were rather draconian. Bet limits were capped at $100, and big favourites were heavily juiced. Football games decided by three points or fewer (along with NBA games with a final margin of five or fewer points) were graded as ties. And basketball was removed altogether once the Toronto Raptors joined the NBA.
It’s no surprise, then, that offshore sportsbooks like Pinnacle and Sports Interaction were the preferred choice of serious bettors.
More than 20 years after Pro-Line first made its appearance in Canadian convenience stores, legislators sought to create a bill that would allow for single-game wagering across the country. And so, Bill C-290 was born.
The bill advanced unanimously through the House of Commons in 2012, providing hope for long-time bettors and legislators who wanted to capitalize on the tax revenue a regulated market would create. But the bill was never approved by the Senate. Another bill (C-221) was introduced in 2016 but was quickly scuttled.
Following years of dormancy, the single-game wagering issue came up again in 2020 – and this time, it was a Saskatchewan politician at the forefront. Saskatoon MP Kevin Waugh introduced Bill C-218, known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act.
This time, politicians across the spectrum were open to the idea, and it quickly began to gain traction. Just over a year after it was first introduced, the House of Commons passed the bill; exactly two months later, the Senate followed suit. It received royal assent one week after that, officially legalizing single-game wagering in Canada.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, armed with a massive head start on the competition, launched PROLINE+ on Aug. 27, the same day Bill C-218 came into effect. The AGCO released its regulatory standards for the province’s iGaming market less than two weeks later.
It didn’t take long for iGaming Ontario to become wildly popular among the province’s bettors, announcing in late January that the new online market would launch on April 4. So began a mad scramble among operators to secure licensing and approval from the AGCO and iGO, which would be required to launch.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Ontario bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
The reverence for Toronto's three major pro sports franchises stretches beyond city limits.
In the case of the Blue Jays and Raptors, the fan base stretches from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland as supporters ride the highs and lows of the only MLB and NBA teams in Canada. And while the relationship with the Maple Leafs is a love-hate one country-wide, they tend to get a lot of support as the visiting team.
Here’s a look at the sports betting partnership situations with the four major pro teams that play their home games in Ontario:
The 2018-19 NBA champions are fittingly aligned with one of the top sportsbook operators in the world. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which operates the Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, among other franchises, entered into a multi-year agreement with PointsBet Canada just a week after sports betting went live.
PointsBet will serve as the Official Sports Betting Partner for all of MLSE’s pro teams, most notably the Maple Leafs. But that’s not the only sportsbook MLSE has aligned with: three days before its agreement with PointsBet, it signed a partnership deal with FanDuel, an agreement that will see FD signage prominently featured during games.
Much of the focus on the Ontario sports picture is in Toronto, but Ottawa would kindly like to remind everyone that it, too, has a horse in the race. The Senators have partnered with Sports Venture Holdings, which operates Bet99 Sportsbook.
You only need to watch about 30 seconds of a Blue Jays game on TV or in-person to know with whom they’re aligned. TheScore Bet signed a 10-year partnership with the team, which includes signage and VIP seating, along with plans to construct a year-round sports bar and restaurant inside Rogers Centre.
Just as Ontario sports bettors have a buffet of sportsbook options, they also have access to a wealth of responsible gambling resources.
To ensure that you are fully protected as a bettor, you want to make sure you're playing with sportsbooks licensed and regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and its subsidiary, iGaming Ontario.
Gaming Operators that have successfully registered with the AGCO and have executed an operating agreement with iGO can legally offer their games to players in Ontario. Through these relationships, gaming revenues are shared with the Government of Ontario to be used in support of provincial priorities.
As part of their agreement with the AGCO and iGO, online sportsbooks and casinos operating in Ontario must acquire and maintain responsible gambling accreditation through the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check program to ensure a high standard of responsible gambling operations. The RGC is a respected, independent non-profit organization with more than 35 years of experience as a leader in the prevention of problem gambling in Canada and globally.
iGaming Ontario also requires operators to run problem gambling prevention and responsible gambling advertisement campaigns. The goal is to balance responsible gambling advertising and promotional marketing, which is also common in more mature legal betting markets like the UK.
PlaySmart.ca provides players with counseling services, tools, and advice aimed at helping sports bettors avoid trouble spots and make good decisions.
Those who find themselves in the grips of gambling addiction can take things one step further by accessing ConnexOntario, which provides free and confidential assistance.
The legal age for gambling in Ontario is 19+. Please play responsibly.
Yes! Retail sports wagering officially began in Ontario on April 4, 2022.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in Ontario, as long as you are within provincial borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever Ontario-based sports venue you’re in at that time.
Check out our list of the top-rated Ontario sportsbooks here!
You can wager on any Ontario-based pro sports team, as long as sportsbooks are offering odds.
Absolutely! Ontario’s sports betting legislation rollout includes esports wagering.
Ontario is the largest market in Canada and the fifth-largest among states and provinces with a population of nearly 15 million people (2022 estimate).
Operators are required to pay a 20 percent tax on gross gaming revenue.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has jurisdiction over sports betting in the province. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including directions for self-exclusion, laws and regulations, and answers to general betting questions.
Without question, more online sports betting platforms are on the way to Ontario. Several, including Bet99, BetVictor, MaximBet, Pinnacle and Sports Interaction are awaiting either registration with AGCO, an operating agreement with iGO, or both.