Ontario Lottery and Gaming seeks help expanding betting capacity

Ontario Lottery and Gaming seeks help expanding betting capacity

November 28, 2017 3:00 AM
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In Canada, the National Post reports the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is currently seeking a company to help expand its online and mobile sports betting capacity.

The publication says the gambling agency’s request for proposals would allow for other types of gambling, such as gambling on eSports in the form of video game competitions. The expansion would also include novelty betting on elections or the gender of a baby being born to royalty.

When in place in Ontario, the expansion would allow the province join four other Canadian jurisdictions currently allowing wagering online for sports and eSports. The other jurisdictions are Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador) British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba.

Tony Bitonti, a spokesperson for OLG, said, “In the last few years, eSports and betting on it has surged in popularity.” He added that the expansion, which is largely focused on sports betting, will also allow people to place live bets during games, something currently unavailable through OLG.

Bitonti said the online expansion coincides with OLG’s plan to replace and update retail lottery terminals across the province.