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Canada May Legalise Single-Event Sports Betting

Last week Joe Comartin, the New Democratic Party representative for the constituency of Windsor-Tecumseh in Ontario, introduced legislation in the nation’s House of Commons that would legalise single-event sports betting—a market estimated to be worth up to $10 billion a year—if passed.

“The reality is that Canadians are wagering on sports predominantly through illegal means either with bookies or online,” said Bill Rutsey, Chief Executive of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA). “This bill will enable sports wagering to occur in safe and regulated environments.”

Out of the $10 billion generated each year, “only $450 million of that is wagered through the current legally regulated provincial sports lottery products,” according to the CGA.

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