April 05, 2012 10:51 ET

Single-Game Betting in Canada to Help Provide More Jobs

The New Bill Seeking to Legalise Single-Sporting Game Betting has Divided the Canadian Public, but Lucky Nugget Online Casino Believes This New Law Could Provide More Jobs in Canada

TA' XBIEX, MALTA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2012) - Canadian citizens who have always wanted to bet on ice hockey, baseball, or basketball will soon be able to do so legally if the wishes of a Conservative Senator and New Democrat MP are realised.

A private member's bill sponsored by the Ontario Senator Bob Runciman would amend the section of the Criminal Code that outlaws the betting on the outcome of a single race, fight or game. The current legislation does make one exception, however, by allowing a wager on "horse races through the agency of a pari-mutuel system."

Rather curiously, the Canadian law currently allows punters to place bets on a series of games or events. This means that you would have to place a wager on two or more of tonight's NHL games in order to comply with current legislation. Runciman, the former Ontario solicitor general, aims to legalise betting on a single sporting event, not just because he enjoys gambling, but because "anyone who wants to bet on a football or hockey game is already doing it."

While some sections of the public have been rather lukewarm to Runciman's bill, the Lucky Nugget Online Casino believe that a change in legislation would benefit the gambling industry in Canada by providing more jobs.

Citing a 2011 report by the Canadian Gaming association, the online casino has concluded that single-game betting would allow border casinos in Windsor and Niagara Falls to earn as much as $250 million in revenue and create 250 jobs. Throwing his weight behind the bill is the MP for Windsor Joe Comartin. He also believes that more jobs will be created in his electoral district, particularly at Caesars in Windsor.

This issue has, however, remained divisive in the Canadian public. A recent Harris/Decima poll has revealed that Canadians remain split over whether betting on a single-game sporting event should be allowed. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 35% of respondents backed single-game betting, while exactly 35% opposed it. The remaining participants were neither in favour or opposed the bill.

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