CFL Week 1, More Live Sites, Conference Mania

Every Thursday, Sports Handle will recap all the top Canadian sports betting news, highlight the game of the week and take a look at some of the most intriguing games to bet on over the weekend.

Our top Canadian sports stories this week

Game(s) of the week

CFL Week 1

The football season is here in Canada, and eight of the nine teams (excluding Toronto) in the Canadian Football League will kick off their regular season this week.

The Calgary Stampeders host the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night in the first game of the season, the Ottawa Redblacks visit back-to-back defending Gray Cup champions the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night, then a pair games – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Elks against the BC Lions – are scheduled for Saturday.

A number of rule changes have been instituted this offseason in an attempt to boost the score across the league, and bettors appear to be playing it safe with their Week 1 totals. All four games total between 47 and 48 points in most sports betting. The Blue Bombers (-9) are the only big favorite this week, with the other three games all with a gap of one basket or less.

Here are the Week 1 odds courtesy of Coolbet Canada:

BetRivers and Coolbet join CGA

You can add BetRivers and Coolbet Canada to the growing list of operators to become members of the Canadian Gaming Association.

The latest edition of the CGA Bulletin confirmed that both operators are now officially members of the national trade association which represents major operators and suppliers to Canada’s gaming, sports betting, esports and lottery industries.

Fully operational CGA members in Ontario also include:

More Ontario licenses

BetVictor is now licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, effective June 3.

The Gibraltar-based operator is the 35th AGCO-approved gaming operator, but it has yet to enter into an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario. Once an operating agreement with iGO is made, the operator can go live in the province.

PokerStars and Pret Play Limited ( are also now licensed with the AGCO and can go live once they pass the final checkpoint with iGO.

A few new gaming sites have appeared on the iGO website this week: Comeon!,,, and These additions bring the total to 29 live gaming websites in Ontario.

It was revealed in a recent webinar that over 70 operators are in the process of obtaining an Ontario iGaming license. The process can take between 90 and 120 days, according to the AGCO.

Sightline payments and Fansunite news

FansUnite, a Canadian-based global online gaming company that provides a full suite of betting technology solutions for online casinos, sports betting and esports, announced its first quarter revenue is up 804% over the previous year. FansUnite is licensed in Ontario as a gaming-related provider and its CEO, Scott Burton, sits on the CGA’s board of directors.

Sightline Payments, a digital payments provider that offers consumers a safe, secure and responsible way to fund their online games and enables casinos to offer cashless betting, is expanding its presence in Canada with two hires – Will Hill as as Vice President of Business Development and Tamara Tenenbaum as SVP of Business Development and General Manager.

Tenenbaum previously served as Director of Payments for Caesars, while Hill is well known in the Canadian gaming and sports industries through his 11-year tenure with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and his columnist days with TSN, Canada’s leading sports network.

British Columbia Money Laundering Investigation Closed

We should soon know the results of an investigation launched in 2019 into whether millions of dollars linked to organized crime and drug trafficking could have been laundered in British Columbia. gaming sectoramong other companies.

The final report of B.C.’s public inquiry into money laundering has been submitted to the government, and officials are expected to review the report of a commission headed by B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Austin Cullen, before it went public.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby previously said he saw videos of gamblers picking up large bags full of cash outside local casinos and bringing them inside the venues, suggesting that the incidents are linked to organized crime.

A total of 133 hearings have been held as part of the investigation and 1,063 pieces of evidence have been reviewed over the past three years, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

It is unclear when the report will be released.

Better Collective exec talks about all things Canada

This week, Canadian JD McNamara took part in a Q&A with SBC News.

Better Collective’s National Director for Canada spoke candidly on a variety of topics, including the acquisition by Canada’s sports betting company, the need for a more personalized approach to Ontario’s newly regulated market and key differences between sports bettors in Canada and the United States. States.

Better Collective, a global sports betting media group, provides betting insights and educational platforms designed to enhance the betting experience for sports fans and iGamers. It acquired the assets of Paris Sports Canada in March for a maximum purchase price of $23.5 million (USD). (Editor’s note: Sports handle is part of the Better Collective network of sites.)

The strike of the concessionaires of the casinos of Montreal continues

Montreal casino croupiers are still on strike over working conditions and low wages.

Demonstrations continued Wednesday at Loto-Québec offices in downtown Montreal, as unionized workers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are still without a collective agreement.

About 545 workers have been without a collective agreement with Loto-Québec since April 1, 2020 and they have been on strike since May 21 of this year.

“Each week that we are on strike costs Loto-Québec the equivalent of one year of additional costs for a new acceptable collective agreement. We are in the third week of our strike. In our opinion, we should have settled down a long time ago, ”said CUPE unionist Jean-Pierre Proulx in a Publish on the CUPE website.

“In 28 years, the negotiations of the six previous collective agreements for croupiers had resulted in only one day of strike. We wonder what is currently happening with Loto-Québec’s new management team, which has been in place for a year now. We are calling for a meeting with CEO Jean-François Bergeron to take stock of the situation,” added Mr. Proulx.

The union claims that 55% of Casino de Montreal croupiers have suffered from some form of musculoskeletal disorder (mainly tendinitis) since the start of their career. Workers also want an increase in break times and pay.

Loto-Quebec has disputed most of the claims and estimates that its croupiers’ salaries at the Montreal casino are already 20% higher than market value.

The casino is still operating with close to normal staff despite the rotating strikes.

Two major gambling conferences wrap up in Toronto

It’s a wrap!

Toronto hosted two major gaming conferences this week — the SIGMA World’s Gaming Festival and the Canadian Gaming Summit (CGS).

Many key industry players ping-ponged between the two events throughout the week and thronged local restaurants and pubs during the evening hours.

SIGMA’s event featured a live esports tournament and ended with a performance by artist Fat Joe.

CGS, although a little more discreet, provided industry stakeholders with a wealth of information regarding the opening of the Ontario market. The trade tours floor was buzzing and there was only standing room when some of the keynote speakers took the mic for three days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

There will be a lot more to come Sports handle next week regarding some of the interesting CGS discussions and developments.

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