PointsBet March Madness Style Curling Ground
Every Thursday, Sports Handle recaps all the top Canadian sports betting news, highlights the game of the week and takes a look at some of the most intriguing games to bet on over the weekend.
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Event of the week
Queen’s Plate—Woodbine Racecourse
This Sunday, the 163rd edition of the Queen’s Plate will take place at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Ontario.
The million dollar Queen’s Plate purse, dating back to 1860 as the oldest continuous race in North America, is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and the most popular horse racing event of the year in Canada.
Horse betting, while legal in Canada, is not currently included in Ontario’s new regulated online gaming and sports betting market. Ontarians can bet at more than a dozen physical racetracks across the province, at off-track betting facilities or using two apps – HPIbet and Dark Horse Bets – offered by the Woodbine Entertainment Group.
More than 30,000 customers are expected to partake in a day of music, food and drink, high fashion and betting on the pitch. Popular Canadian brother-sister country duo The Reklaws are also scheduled to perform.
Moira is the posted favorite at odds of 5/2 after an easy win in the Woodbine Oaks $500,000 race last month at Woodbine Racetrack.
2022 Queen’s Plate Pitch and Odds @WoodbineTB!
The 163rd edition of #QueensPlate takes place this Sunday, August 21.
– OffTrackBetting.com (@OTBonline) August 17, 2022
PointsBet curling tournament field unveiled
The grounds for the PointsBet Invitational Curling Tournament were unveiled on Thursday morning.
Here are the official supports for the @PointsBet Canada Invitation 🇨🇦🥌
The FIRST single-elimination curling championship 👀🤯
Yes – it will rock 🥌🤘🥌🤘
—Nic Sulsky (@nicsulsky) August 18, 2022
The 16 teams of each gender comprise the top 12 teams in the World Curling Team Ranking System. Included in the pack are Brad Gushue, who just won a bronze medal at the 2022 Olympics, and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones, who is also a six-time national champion.
The inaugural event taking place at Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, New Brunswick from September 21-25 will kick off the 2022-23 curling season in Canada. The bonspiel will also usher in a new format for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, which will feature 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams competing in a single-elimination tournament. The scholarship will be over $350,000.
Teams will earn $3,000 for a first-round victory, $6,000 for a quarter-final victory, $12,000 for a semi-final victory and $24,000 for the winning women’s and men’s teams.
But the highlight of the event could be the pro-am, which will be held on the evening of September 23. Given PointsBet’s previous Canadian strategic partnerships, it’s possible that several NHL alumni and the Trailer Park Boys will be part of the celebrity roster. .
TheScore Fix on Links
A few months after activating its unique “Skyline Seats” brand at the RBC Canadian Open, theScore Bet will offer a VIP experience on the green at this year’s CP Women’s Open golf tournament in Ottawa.
The tournament, which takes place August 25-28 at the Ottawa Hunt Golf and Country Club, will feature reserved front row seating for theScore Bet customers on select holes around the course with a branded Greenside Lounge. Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and VIP amenities in the tent area.
“The newly created theScore Bet Greenside Lounge expands our event hospitality by bringing all the amenities of a VIP space right to the edge of the green,” said Aubrey Levy, Senior Vice President of Content and Marketing, theScore Bet, in an e-mail statement. “The lounges provide an opportunity to comfortably watch an exciting course that includes many Canadian golfers from the best seats on the course, all without having to arrive early or wait in line.”
TheScore Bet will also host a members lounge along the 17th fairway and host a “Bet Mode” branded putting challenge for the chance to win prizes.
The operator announced a multi-year partnership with Golf Canada last August, which includes sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open events.
Odds are not yet available for the event, but the field will include Brooke Henderson, who hails from nearby Smith’s Falls and won the event in 2018, and 14 other Canadians competing in Game 48 of Canada’s Open National Championship .
theScore Bet brings the VIP experience to the Greenside of the CP Women’s Open
— CP Women’s Open (@cpwomensopen) August 17, 2022
Raptors schedule revealed
The NBA released its 2022-23 regular season schedule on Wednesday, and league organizers have given Canada’s only professional basketball team, the Toronto Raptors, a grueling list of early opponents.
After opening the season Oct. 19 at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto will face Miami and Philadelphia — both expected to be strong Eastern Conference contenders — twice each in the opening month.
Complete 2022-23 Raptors schedule: pic.twitter.com/wkre6COO2a
—Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 17, 2022
After the first month of the season, however, the programmers were a bit kinder to the only team north of the border.
Toronto Raptors schedule 22/23:
– 2nd fewest miles driven by any team
– Tied for the fewest back-to-backs (12)
– 6th most games having more rest than the opponent (21)
— Anil Gogna (@AnilGognaNBA) August 17, 2022
The Raptors have long odds of +4000 at FanDuel to win the NBA Championship and are +1000 to win the Atlantic Division. Most Ontario sportsbooks have posted the team’s win total for the season around 45 or 46. Caesars Sportsbook took early action against the Raptors with over 45.5 wins, putting the prompted to move the line.
According @CaesarsSports, Toronto is the only team whose win total has increased from its opening tally so far, from 45.5 to 46.5. A Nevada bettor bet $3,000 on the Raptors at 45.5 (-110), while an Ontario bettor has $2,300 on the Raptors at 45.5 (-115).
— gregwarrenBC (@GregwarrenBC) August 15, 2022
Playing at Pearson Airport?
An interesting report published in the Toronto Star this week reported that the organization that runs Pearson Toronto International Report has hired a lobbyist to explore opportunities to sell cannabis and offer gambling at one of Canada’s busiest airports to help increase income.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority quickly ruled out those possibilities, however, in a statement reported by CBC News. But the agency acknowledged that the airport needed to find a way to “diversify” its sources of revenue.
Clare Michaels, who previously worked in the office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, plans to speak with officials from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store of new Pearson business opportunities.
Pearson has been attracting international media attention for all the wrong reasons lately, as COVID-related delays have taken their toll on international passengers due to strict health and safety protocols in Canada. The pandemic has left the country’s aviation industry in shambles, after many employees of major Canadian airlines were laid off due to reduced operations and then never returned to work once flights resumed according to a somewhat normal schedule.
Recently, retired NHL player Ryan Whitney, who is obviously well-travelled after traveling the world as a professional hockey player for nearly a decade, called Pearson “the worst airport in the world” and “the greatest shame known to man” in a Twitter post that went viral.
I live at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The worst place on earth. I smell so bad. pic.twitter.com/PfdnHcO7Ad
—Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) June 6, 2022
Ontario Numbers/New AGCO License
Another operator could soon join the iGaming and sports betting party in Ontario.
Kaizen Gaming Canada obtained a license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Wednesday and can launch betano.ca after reaching an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario.
According to its website, Betano will offer a bookmaker, live betting and a casino on its platform. Its user-friendly product is currently used in Germany, Romania, Portugal, Brazil and Chile.
Some expect the platform to be very popular with Portuguese Canadians residing in Ontario.
We were telling you about it in April, today Kaizen Gaming obtained its ON license for “Betano”.
There are over 325,000 Portuguese Canadians in Ontario. Many of them are crazy about soccer/soccer – and this mark is everywhere in the clubs of @ligaportugal.
Betano-dot-ca billboards are coming to Dundas St W. https://t.co/NpSk17dQfA pic.twitter.com/cIU3zxT8u8
— SNBET (@SNBET_ca) August 17, 2022
PlayAlberta targets gray operators with ad
PlayAlberta wants you to know that betting with gray market operators is “scary”.
In a new ad, the province of Alberta’s only regulated online gambling site has a stern message for bettors: “Don’t gamble with your online safety. Play it safe at PlayAlberta.ca, Alberta’s only LEGAL online casino.
Advertising, a parody of the horror film the brilliantdefinitely gets the message across.
All revenue generated from the government-run PlayAlberta platform goes directly into a general revenue fund for the province to support local programs and services.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis was one of five Canadian provincial lottery corporations to recently join to form a coalition against illegal online gambling.
“Research shows that the majority of gamers don’t know whether or not an online site is legal in their province.”
— American Bets (@US_Bets) August 5, 2022