Each week, Canada Sports Betting recaps all the top sports betting and iGaming news in Canada and highlights upcoming events. Here are the top stories of the week:
Event of the Week
NFL – Week 18
The final week of the NFL regular season has several division titles still up for grabs. Bettors will be closely watching Sunday night’s clash between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Buffalo, listed as a three-point road favourite, can clinch the AFC East title with a win. NFL.com gives the Bills an 86% chance of making the playoffs.
BetMGM’s Year-End Insights
BetMGM, active in Ontario, released its 2023 year-end betting insights, showing that betting preferences in the U.S. and Canada are similar. Live betting is expected to grow in 2024. The top events for the customer and top players were also highlighted. BetMGM had a record 2023 and expects to continue with that momentum in 2024.
Manitoba casino workers avert strike
Food and beverage workers at Manitoba casinos reached a new contract agreement with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, averting a strike. Members had been working without a contract since 2020. The new agreement includes significant wage increases ranging from approximately 16% to over 40%. There are eight casinos in the province, but only two are operated by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
The Responsible Gambling Council in Toronto has launched a stakeholder consultation for feedback on its RG Check Standards. The RGC is seeking feedback from operators, regulators, community and prevention agencies, treatment providers, and other stakeholders involved in gambling harm prevention. Operators in Ontario are required to obtain the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check accreditation within the first two years of being licensed.
In its 2022-23 report, the RGC says 17 iGaming sites received the RG Check accreditation, with a particular focus on operators entering Ontario. Thirty-one land-based accreditations were also completed, including the first RG Check accredited sites in Australia.