Will NY Sports Fans Head North to Bet in Canada?

By Ryan Newman

The amount of money bet by NY sports fans on professional games from the NFL to the NBA, and MLB total billions of dollars annually.  While bookmaking is still illegal in all US states except Nevada, NY bettors may have an option that’s closer to home if some Canadian lawmakers get their way.

Caesars Windsor and other casinos in Ontario are pushing hard for the Canadian government to legalize sports betting that would be a big draw for players in U.S border states like Michigan and New York.  Currently, Canadian casinos have been weathering a difficult business climate due to the strong Canadian dollar (making hotels and transportation expensive for US tourists) and the ongoing financial crisis in the United States.

If legalized, bettors from New York who already go to the many casinos in Niagara Falls won’t have to use unlicensed bookies or offshore bookmakers in the Caribbean.  While there are many honest and established ways to bet on sports in NY, these are still technically illegal leaving the bettor no legal recourse to claim winnings when a dispute arises with their bookie.

To learn more about good online canadian casino sites you can check out this site here.  You'll learn more about how Canada is poised to become a betting Mecca for US players, and especially those within a short drive of the nearest border town.

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