The Ontario provincial authorities has but to launch its pointers for the opening of retail sportsbooks, however a significant improvement was introduced Thursday: Kambi Group signed a multiyear partnership with Nice Canadian Leisure to supply its retail sportsbook options and betting kiosks for 10 of its casinos within the province.
Nice Canadian Leisure operates 25 gaming, leisure, and hospitality locations throughout Canada, together with a dozen casinos in Ontario.
It is largely unclear at this level which 10 casinos shall be outfitted for retail sports activities betting, however GCE’s latest Ontario on line casino, Pickering On line casino Resort, is a confirmed location. Different GCE properties in Ontario embrace main casinos akin to On line casino Woodbine in Etobicoke, On line casino Ajax, Nice Blue Heron On line casino in Port Perry, and Parts On line casino Mohawk in Milton.
No remark was supplied by GCE on particular sportsbook places. This previous summer time, Nice Blue Heron On line casino was hiring for sportsbook positions, so it is one probably vacation spot for a sportsbook.
“The addition of sports activities betting at 10 of our Ontario-based gaming locations is a crucial new amenity, elevating the gaming expertise for our company,” mentioned Tony Rodio, CEO at Nice Canadian Leisure, in a press launch. “As the primary firm to launch one of these product in Ontario, we’re grateful for our partnership with Kambi all through this new enterprise, in addition to the continued assist from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Company, Alcohol and Gaming Fee of Ontario, and Ontario’s provincial authorities.”
OLG, the Ontario authorities, and trade stakeholders are nonetheless engaged on getting the required approvals and establishing the authorized construction to get retail sports activities betting up and working in Ontario, exterior of OLG’s PROLINE retail product that’s already supplied at roughly 10,000 retail places throughout the province.
There isn’t any timeline for the potential launch of bodily sportsbooks in Ontario. There had been optimism they may launch by September, however that objective was not reached.
“Some are working arduous to attempt to get there,” Canadian Gaming Affiliation President Paul Burns beforehand instructed Sports activities Deal with. “I perceive they’re getting nearer to getting agreements in place between OLG and on line casino operators. I can solely hope it is quickly. I feel all people would love to have the ability to have a sportsbook on their property and supply a sportsbook onsite. Sadly, it is taken too lengthy.”
We’re excited to have signed a multi-year partnership with @GRTCanadianone of many largest gaming and leisure firms in Canada, to supply our main on-property sportsbook to 10 of the operator’s casinos within the province of Ontario.https://t.co/tNulhbi7Ej pic.twitter.com/TksobyBjP3
— Kambi (@KambiSports) October 20, 2022
Kambi additionally working with Niagara casinos
In September, Kambi Group introduced it will be increasing its on-line playing partnership with Mohegan Gaming to incorporate a retail sports activities betting platform. A complete of 36 sports activities betting kiosks shall be put in throughout the Fallsview On line casino Resort and On line casino Niagara properties, and there are plans to transform On line casino Niagara’s sports activities bar right into a retail sportsbook.
Fallsview On line casino Resort and On line casino Niagara are each owned by the OLG. Mohegan Gaming & Leisure, a developer and operator of leisure resorts within the US, Canada, and South Korea, has managed the day-to-day operations of the 2 main Niagara Falls casinos since 2019.
Mohegan has been busy hiring for varied sportsbook roles over the previous few months at its Niagara places and chosen Greg Yott, who beforehand served as director of cage & coin for the previous 26 years at Niagara On line casino, as its director for the brand new sportsbook operations.
Mohegan continues to be ready on path from the OLG and the Ontario authorities earlier than it may possibly launch a potential sportsbook.
Constructed on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview On line casino Resort is the biggest gaming resort facility in Canada with over 3,500 slot machines and 130 gaming tables, along with a 372-room resort.
Kambi is strengthening its companion community via an settlement with Mohegan Gaming & Leisure in Ontario.
The partnership will see MGE’s Fallsview On line casino leverage Kambi’s award-winning sportsbook know-how for its new PlayFallsview cellular model.https://t.co/drfxQfd0gG pic.twitter.com/NOb5KoXayF
— Kambi (@KambiSports) May 3, 2022