Alberta On the Threshold of a Sports Betting Expansion

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With the recent passing of Bill C-218, Albertans are looking forward to the imminent expansion of the gambling offering across their province.

Albertans have been eyeing the impending expansion of betting services following the passing of Bill C-218 by the Senate.  One of the biggest proponents of the bill, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission, has been thrashing out the details about its future offering.    

Bill C-218, also known as The Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, updated the Criminal Code to legalise single-event sports betting. Up to recently, gamblers could only wager via parlay bets on sporting events and had to guess the correct outcome of several games to win.

A Long Wait

Kandice Machado, the Acting President & CEO of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission, stated that the corporation has been a big supporter of the bill and is looking forward to the legislation going into power. Machado noted that punters would soon be able to place additional types of wagers on their desired sporting events.

Machado explained that Albertans are currently unable to place bets on the outcome of single events such as the upcoming football season or the Olympics. She added that the Crown corporation had resumed interaction with industry stakeholders to fast-track single-event sports betting in the province.

Machado also noted that the corporation and its official platform, Play Alberta, are on course to provide new types of wagers later this year. According to her, the latest betting options will further improve players’ experience and provide fresh and exciting gambling products on Alberta’s sole regulated gaming website.

Additionally, the CEO explained that the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s player safety programme, GameSense, would be an integral part of the gaming expansion. She noted that Play Alberta had adopted the player programme, which gives players access to resources that allow them to pick the best and safest gambling options. The platform also offers features such as bet, loss, and daily limits, along with the Crown Self Exclusion Programme.

Online Lotto

Previously, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission made improvements to its online platform by introducing online lottery. Albertans can now play online fan-favourite titles such as Lotto Max, Western Max, Lotto 6/49, Western 6/49, and Daily Grand. The commission admitted that there was a delay with the launch due to system glitches, although everything is now up and running.

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