Single-game sports betting in launched in Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada in August 2021. While the only legal sports betting option in the province is currently the provincial lottery (WCLC), there is hope that Saskatchewan will follow Ontario's lead and offer sports bettors the ability to bet on sports on popular sportsbook operators that have been gaining momentum in the U.S.
Saskatchewan already boasts land-based casinos and some excellent lottery-run online gambling sites. The stage is set for Canada’s Breadbasket to regulate the best online sportsbook sites in town when they launch in 2022.
Canada legalized single-game sports betting on August 27, 2021, making it accessible to Saskatchewan sports bettors through the lottery. However, the real question on everyone's minds is when sports betting operators like FanDuel or DraftKings will be accessible.
For now, Saskatchewan gamblers will have to wait until 2022. While federal law has given the green light to individual provinces to regulate online betting, Saskatchewan doesn't have a plan in place to offer online sports betting operators or sites other than their provincially regulated offering.
The privately-owned Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) has inked a deal with SIGA to provide online sports betting games and casino games. The agreement is the first of its kind in Canada.
For now, sports bettors can enjoy a little gambling on their favourite games through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC). The WCLC operates lotteries and parlay sports betting across many provinces, including Saskatchewan.
Despite a lack of licensed betting sites, the WCLC does offer Sport Select lottery games. With Sport Select, you can mix various Over/Under, Point Spread, and Pro-line picks from football, hockey, soccer, baseball, or basketball. Maximum wagers are C$100 and all your picks must be correct for you to win.
Sport Select also runs pools contests which cost C$5 to enter. Compete on betting lines against other players from Saskatchewan and provinces in the West. You’ll win if you pick the most correct selections in the pool.
Before you start hitting the point spread markets and joining independent betting sites, you’ll have to wait a while before making legal sports wagers in Saskatchewan.
However, once Saskatchewan does begin offering online sports betting through independent operators, you would have access to the same level of markets and offers as gamblers in Ontario.
Major operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel are eager to launch their betting lines in the newly-regulated Canadian space, but are being held back in most provinces as many lotteries would like to maintain their sports betting monopoly.
If Saskatchewan sports betting follows the same model as Ontario, you would be able to place single-game bets on thousands of markets covering NFL, NBA, and MLB. You may also get access to futures betting options on the winner of the next Stanley Cup or the Super Bowl.
Sports Markets: The best betting sites for pro sports will supply a bewildering array of gambling across many different markets and games. You’ll be able to bet on NFL and NBA games as well as NHL league games featuring US and Canadian sides. You’ll also be able to back your favourite CFL teams without needing to make a parlay.
Of course, if parlays and systems are your thing, you’ll be delighted with the range of online gambling on offer. Pick multiple selections, then combine them into various betting systems and parlays. You may even be able to claim money back if one of your parlay legs goes bad.
Moneyline: A moneyline bet is a wager on the outcome of a single game. It’s one of the easiest betting markets to put wagers on.
For instance, you might want to back the favourite in the big CFL game between the Roughriders and the Elks. You’ll be presented with two prices: one on Saskatchewan to win (possibly as favourites) and the other on Edmonton as the underdog.
Odds will be presented in the American format. For example, Saskatchewan may be -120 to beat Edmonton, with Edmonton a +120 shot. That means you must place C$120 on the Roughriders to win C$100. A winning C$100 bet on Edmonton would earn you C$120.
Point Spread: Saskatchewan residents will also be able back the point spread on hockey games, baseball and the big weekly basketball games.
A spread bet involves a handicap where the favourite is given a point “deduction” before the game starts. The underdog receives the same points value as a head-start. The win odds are recalculated accordingly.
For example, imagine the Roughriders are playing the Elks in the CFL. As favourites, the sportsbook gives the Roughriders a theoretical 6-point handicap prior to the game. Edmonton receives the same number of points to start with.
The odds have now changed. The Roughriders are a better -100 to win, while Edmonton are a better shot at +100. If you still think the Roughriders will storm the game, you can enjoy a better price despite the team having a point handicap.
Total Points: SK online gambling sites will run markets on the total points scored in a single game. It’s a great bet to make if you don’t care which side actually wins.
A total points market is usually displayed as an Over/Under wager. The sportsbook will set the mark and you bet whether you think the total points will be over or under the amount set.
Prop Betting: Props will be offered at all regulated online sportsbooks. These are markets on events that happen in the game but don’t affect the overall result. For instance, you may be able to be on the total number of passing yards for a star player or the first team to reach a points milestone.
Live Betting: In-play sports betting lets you place wagers on NFL or NHL as the game goes on! Make bets on the next scorer or the changing puck line as the sportsbook alters the odds in real time. You can also cash out your bet early and take a swift profit.
For years, sports betting laws in Canada were covered on a province-by-province basis. Typically, pooled betting was permitted where multiple selections had to be made rather than picks on single games.
In 1985, there was a big step forward for Canadian gambling law when the Criminal Code was amended. For the first time, provinces were allowed to offer activities such as lotteries and slot machines.
Illegal sports betting was classed a “serious offence” in 2010 as part of a toughening of the Criminal Code. This included a complete ban on licensing for online sportsbooks and other betting sites.
Under new CA law, it’s now 100-percent legal to visit an online betting site in Saskatchewan and place wagers. Bill C-218 – the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act – was approved in June 2021 and paves the way for legalized single-game wagering.
Saskatchewan isn’t the only Canadian province to launch legalised sports betting. But residents will have to wait before placing their bets. Which online providers could we expect to see in Saskatchewan in 2022?
DraftKings is one of North American’s biggest and best-loved online sportsbooks. As well as Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and online casino games, DraftKings offers a competitive range of pre-game and in-play betting on a host of US and Canadian sports.
theScore is one of Canada’s only major sports betting sites. It has an HQ in Toronto and offers legalized online sportsbooks in several US states. With a ready-made presence in Canada, theScore is poised to launch in Canadian provinces, including Saskatchewan.
FanDuel has had one eye on Canada since the new gambling laws were introduced. The DFS and sportsbook leader already supplies online gambling and casinos in the US. FanDuel will be perfectly placed when Saskatchewan goes live in 2022.
The Australian betting pioneers utilises a spread betting model alongside fixed odds wagering. PointsBet has also secured a partnership with Curling Canada and will certainly be looking at the newly-regulated Saskatchewan sportsbook market.
One of North America’s largest online sportsbooks, BetMGM recently signed a brand ambassador deal with Canadian hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky. That’s the kind of partnership that will surely help to attract sports bettors in The Wheat Province.
Saskatchewan has a long history of recreational sport, covering pastimes such as baseball, basketball and the biggest game – curling. Curling rinks can be found in most towns across the province.
There is also a large CFL (Canadian Football League) following in SK. The Saskatchewan Roughriders compete in the West Division of the 9-team CFL.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders form part of the West Division in the Canadian Football League, the highest professional football league in the country.
Based in Regina, the Roughriders started out in 1910 and have recorded plenty of semi-final wins over the years. They won the West Final in 2007 and 2009, losing the Grey Cup the same year to Montreal. The Roughriders followed that up with a convincing West Final triumph in 2010. Again, they lost the Grey Cup to Montreal.
Despite some recent finals wins, the past few years have been barren for the Roughriders. They were roundly beaten by Winnipeg in the 2019 Division Finals before the 2020 CFL season was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Saskatchewan Rush take part in the National Lacrosse League which features some of the biggest teams across the USA and Canada. As well as the NLL, Saskatchewan compete in the annual Alterna Cup alongside the four other Canadian clubs – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax.
So far, there has been no indication that lacrosse will be one of the available markets at the first regulated betting sites in Saskatchewan. However, given the sheer breadth of markets available, there could still be room with the huge fanbases across Canada.
Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing has been present in Saskatchewan for decades. Gambling is supervised by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA). Under gambling laws, it’s possible to bet at the track or enjoy Off Track Betting (OTB) at bars and hotels across the province.
The Horse Racing Branch of SIGA regulates all racing in the province. There’s a shortage of tracks, and it looked like horse racing in Saskatchewan was dead at one point. However, in 2021, a new deal was inked between the Moosomin First Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to launch a new track.
There are nine brick and mortar casinos in Saskatchewan. Seven are First Nations casinos operated by the SIGA. Two are commercial casinos run by SaskGaming.
All casinos are open to residents and visitors aged 19 or over. Casinos offer a range of gaming, including slot machines, video poker and table games. Gamblers can also join players’ clubs to earn points and claim benefits and perks.
(Address - 1880 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0B2)
One of Saskatchewan’s premier land-based casinos offers video slots, video poker and big progressive jackpots such as PowerBucks. There are also 22 table games including roulette, baccarat and blackjack. You can also apply for a Players Club card which lets you accrue points and earn special comps.
(Address - 21 Fairford Street East, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 0C8)
Moose Jaw is a short 45-minute drive due east from Regina, but the games and promotions aren’t a million miles away. The table game offering is similar to Casino Regina but focuses more on American Roulette (Single-Zero), blackjack and Chase the Flush.
There are seven recognised First Nations casinos spread across Saskatchewan. All casinos are regulated by the Indian Gaming Authority, SIGA. The casino floors are dominated by slot machines and electronic gaming terminals that dominate The Circuit. You can also join a Players Club and earn free slots play as a new visitor.
(Address – White Bear First Nation, SK-9, Carlyle, SK S0C 0R0)
(Address – 11902 Railway Ave E, North Battleford, SK S9A 3K7)
(Address – 44 Marquis Rd W, Prince Albert, SK S6V 7Y5)
(Address – 510 Broadway St W, Yorkton, SK S3N 0P3)
(Address – 204 Dakota Dunes Wy, Whitecap, SK S7K 2L2)
(Address – 3910 41 St, Lloydminster, SK S9V 2K8)
(Address – 1401 North Service Rd E, Swift Current, SK S9H 3X6)
Yes, sports betting has been legal in Saskatchewan since 1985, but bettors could only place parlay wagers. As of August 27, 2021, single-game sports betting is legal in Saskatchewan and bettors can look forward to great betting advancements in the province.
You must be 19 or over to place legal sports bets at regulated sportsbooks. You’ll be able to bet on single games and parlays covering all major sports in North America.
There are nine casinos in Saskatchewan, including seven casinos operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
Yes. The new federal law C-218 makes it legal to bet on single games. However, the first Saskatchewan sportsbooks likely won't appear in 2022.
Under current gambling laws, Saskatchewan residents will be able to bet on sports through online sportsbooks, on mobile or at land-based casinos.