Ontario Sports Betting Bonuses

Ontario is gearing up to make a major change to its online gaming industry. It’s expected to open up iGaming to private companies. Soon Proline+ won’t be the only legal online sportsbook in Ontario. Bettors will be able to play at major sportsbooks like DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars Sportsbook. So, bettors need to be ready for the deluge of sportsbook bonus advertisements. Here’s what bettors need to know about sportsbook bonuses in Ontario. 

Ontario’s Legal Lottery-Run Sportsbook 

The only legal online sportsbook in Ontario is Proline+. Proline+ is the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) online sportsbook. Until Ontario awards private companies sports betting licenses, Proline+ is the only legal sportsbook in Ontario. It’s regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Proline+ will only have its monopoly on the market for a few months longer. Private sports betting companies will come to Ontario soon. 

Private Sportsbook Brands Predicted To Launch In Ontario

Although private sportsbook companies haven’t launched yet, a few major brands are expected to apply for AGCO partnerships: 

What Online Sportsbook Bonuses Will Be Available In Ontario? 

Deposit Bonuses

Deposit bonuses reward bettors in proportion to their first deposits and subsequent wagers. So, bettors must make their first deposits large enough to redeem the number of site credits they’d like to earn. After depositing, bettors must also wager at a specific rate to receive site credits in their accounts. That rate will vary based on the sportsbook’s welcome bonus. Bettors also have a limited period after their first deposits to accumulate site credits. These deposit bonuses can be as high as $1,000, but bettors will find smaller ones worth $250, too.  

Risk-Free Bets

Risk-free bets aren’t actually risk-free, and sportsbooks won’t be allowed to advertise them as risk-free in Ontario. Risk-free bets allow bettors to get their lost stakes back up to the advertised amount. For example, FanDuel offers a risk-free bet of up to $1,000. So, bettors can wager up to $1,000 and get the amount they wagered back in site credits. Risk-free bets are usually $500 or $1,000. However, Caesars Sportsbook offers a $1,001 free bet match, which is among the highest in the industry.

No-Deposit Bonuses

No-deposit bonuses are small bonuses that get credited to bettors’ accounts after bettors register their accounts. They’re usually $10-$50 in site credits. They aren’t for making large bets. They’re to encourage bettors to try placing sports wagers. Once bettors are comfortable making a sports bet, they’ll be more likely to make deposits and risk their own money. 

What Sports Can You Bet On In Ontario? 

Proline+ offers lines on many types of sports and leagues. When private sportsbook companies enter Ontario’s market, Ontario bettors will have even more options. Here are the types of sports that are available and what will become available when the private market opens up. 

Betting On Professional Sports In Ontario

Canadian and American professional sports make up the core of Proline+. Bettors will find the Canadian Football League alongside the United State’s National Football League. Bettors will also find integrated leagues like the National Hockey League. Since many Canadian leagues are integrated with American leagues, the most popular bettor choices will likely be American or Canadian teams. 

College Sports Betting In Ontario

College sports betting is focused on American college teams. College football and college basketball are among the most popular sports to bet on in the United States. So, Ontario bettors will likely bet on American college sports with similar vigor.  

Betting On International Sports In Ontario

Proline+ offers many international leagues, especially in soccer. Soccer is a religion in much of the world, so bettors can browse soccer lines by country on Proline+. American sports will likely be the most popular international sports to bet on. However, bettors can find international lines in many Proline+ sports categories.  

Esports Betting In Ontario  

Proline+ doesn’t offer esports lines. However, many privately-run sportsbooks offer esports betting lines. So, when Ontario allows privately-run sportsbooks to enter the market, bettors could gain access to esports in their sportsbooks.    

Other Betting Events In Ontario 

Canadian bettors can wager on novelty events, like the US presidential election. These types of wagers are illegal in the United States but are widely available in many sports betting markets outside the United States. While most Ontario sports betting handles will likely be on a few professional sports, novelty events like the US presidential election will be an exciting seasonal cash cow. Online casinos and online poker are also legal.

Popular Ways To Deposit At Ontario’s Legal Online Sports Betting Sites 

Proline+ offers two deposit methods for bettors: Interac Online and debit and credit cards. Interac Online is an eWallet that functions similarly to PayPal. However, Ontario bettors may find debit and credit cards more convenient because they’re so used to using them for other eCommerce transactions. These are straightforward online options that should work for most Ontario bettors.

However, private sports betting companies offer many more deposit options than these two. When private sportsbooks enter Ontario’s sports betting market, bettors will find deposit options like: 

  • Debit/Credit Cards
  • Bank Transfers
  • VIP Preferred eChecks
  • PayPal
  • Skrill 
  • Play+ Cards
  • PayNearMe

While not every sportsbook offers each of these options, bettors should become familiar with them. Debit cards, credit cards, and bank transfers are self-explanatory. However, they sometimes run into transaction issues. Some banks and card issuers still block transactions to gambling companies. So, not all bettors can use cards or bank transfers conveniently. Instead, they may turn to eWallets like PayPal and Skrill. It’s common for bettors to have PayPal accounts, so they’re often the most convenient deposit method for sports bettors.

Bettors will also be able to register for VIP Preferred, which facilitates eCheck transactions between sportsbook accounts and personal accounts. Sportsbook brands also have Play+ cards which act like gift cards for bettors to use to load funds into their accounts. Finally, bettors will find cash deposit options through PayNearMe. 

Proline+ offers basic deposit options that should work for most bettors. But private sportsbook companies provide a wide variety of deposit methods that work for more bettors. It’s something for Ontario bettors to look forward to as new competitors enter Ontario’s sports betting industry.      

What Do I Need To Create An Online Sportsbook Account In Ontario?

Bettors can create Proline+ accounts online like they can most other online accounts. First, bettors enter their email addresses. Then, bettors enter their personal information and set their security questions. After that, bettors input their Ontario addresses. Bettors cannot create a Proline+ account without an Ontario address. Once bettors enter their birthdays, they set a few account preferences, then wait for their confirmation emails. Then bettors are ready to make their first deposits. 

Licensed Online Canadian Sportsbooks Vs. Gray Market Sportsbooks Overseas

There are no laws against betting on online sportsbooks overseas. Some Canadian sports teams have partnered with some offshore sites, like Bet365’s partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Bettors won’t get in trouble for registering or betting at any online sportsbook sites. So at a glance, it seems like offshore sportsbooks are as good for Canadian bettors as legal, licensed sportsbooks. 

However, now that Canada’s lottery-run sportsbooks offer single-event wagers, they’re popular alternatives to offshore sportsbooks. Betting at a licensed Canadian sportsbook keeps tax revenue in Canada. It also puts bettors in a safety net that’s unavailable from offshore sportsbooks. 

For example, if Ontario bettors have an issue with Proline+, it can go through a customer complaint resolution process. If that process fails bettors, they can submit their case to the AGCO to investigate. Canadian bettors have legal recourse at licensed Canadian sportsbooks that they lack from offshore betting sites. Even though Canadians may be used to betting offshore, bringing that money home is a safer choice for bettors to make.    

Ontario Online Sportsbook FAQ

What Is Ontario’s Legal Online Sports Betting Age?

19. Although there’s a separate retail sport betting game for 18-year-olds, traditional online sportsbooks enforce a 19-year-old age limit. So, bettors should be careful not to confuse the two. 

Will DraftKings Be Legal In Ontario?

Most likely, yes. DraftKings is one of the United State’s largest sportsbook brands. It’s hard to imagine DraftKings passing up an opportunity to apply for an AGCO partnership. It’s also hard to imagine DraftKings failing to meet the AGCO’s requirements. 

Will Fanduel Be Legal In Ontario?

Most likely, yes. FanDuel is one of the United State’s two market leaders in its sports betting industry. FanDuel has the expertise and financial resources to apply for an AGCO partnership and succeed during the application process.  

Do Ontario Sportsbooks Offer Credit?

Proline+ offers new bettors a welcome bonus of a $25 deposit match. When bettors make their first deposits, they will get 50% of their deposit matched by Proline+ up to $25. This extra padding will give bettors a few additional site credits to bet with. 

Does Ontario Allow Betting On College Sports?

Yes. Bettors will find NCAA lines on football and basketball on Proline+. College sports is a huge moneymaker in the United States, and Canadian bettors can put money on their favorite rivalries.  

Do Bettors Have To Register Online Sportsbook Accounts At Ontario Casinos? 

No. Ontario bettors can create Proline+ accounts online like any other online account. That will make sports betting even more popular and accessible when market leaders like DraftKings and FanDuel join Ontario’s sports betting industry. 

About the Author

Chris Gerlacher

Christopher is a sports betting enthusiast and online gaming expert from Colorado Springs.