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Newfoundland and Labrador online sports betting laws

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, sprang a surprise in the summer of 2021. Previously seen as an area unfriendly to gambling, it became one of the provinces to introduce single-game sports betting as soon as the bill C-218 was passed in August 2021 by the national government.

Is sports betting legal in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Newfoundland and Labrador sports betting is legal through the sole licensed operator, the state-run Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

Is online sports betting legal in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Newfoundland and Labrador online sports betting is legal through the Pro-Line platform run by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

How old do I have to be to place a bet in Newfoundland and Labrador?

As with the majority of Canadian provinces, to bet in Newfoundland and Labrador you need to be at least 19 years old.

How do I start betting in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Sports fans in Newfoundland and Labrador have been able to place bets for several years. However, until 2021 the only way you could wager was on parlays. These bets tend to be less popular with bettors because you have to make more than one selection – and all your picks have to win for you to see a return. However, it is now possible to place single-game wagers through the Pro-Line service overseen by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

This is available at many retail outlets, and you can play online by registering using the following steps:

  1. Find the Atlantic Lottery Corporation website and look for the sign-up button.

  2. Verify your age, identity and location in the Atlantic provinces.

  3. Go to the Pro-Line pages, where sports betting is to be found.

  4. Deposit some funds into your new account.

  5. You’re all set for Newfoundland and Labrador online sports betting.

Is sports betting legal in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Sports fans in Newfoundland and Labrador have been able to place bets for many years, with licensed betting available through the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. This historically offered online accounts, as well as the opportunity to bet in retail locations such as gas stations and convenience stores. Options were strictly limited until the summer of 2021, however, with only parlay bets permitted. That changed in August 2021 with the passage of bill C-218, which opened the doors for lottery operators in provinces across Canada to offer single-wager bets in person and online for the first time.

Legalization of single-game online sports betting
Competition from offshore sportsbooks
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Who is allowed to bet on sports in Newfoundland and Labrador?

While the advent of C-218 in August 2021 heralded a much-changed look to the Canadian sports betting landscape, it did not usher in any major changes to the eligibility requirements. The restrictions around who is allowed to place a sports bet, and how they can do it, remain as follows:

You must be at least 19 years old to bet in Newfoundland and Labrador
You must be in Newfoundland and Labrador to bet

Daily Fantasy Sports in Newfoundland and Labrador

Daily Fantasy Sports are completely legal across Canada and have never been the subject of laws specifically banning them. This has led to leading DFS operators, such as FanDuel and DraftKings, being able to offer games to customers across Canada. As a result, they have built up large and loyal followings who enjoy the opportunity to engage with sports in this way on a daily basis.

Top sports to bet on in Newfoundland and Labrador

The province holds about half-a-million inhabitants, the overwhelming majority in Newfoundland, and the appetite for sporting entertainment – and the opportunity to bet on it – is as keen as anywhere else in Canada.

Hockey

The Newfoundland Growlers are the biggest local players of Canada’s No.1 sport. They are a professional outfit who play in the ECHL. Fans also follow the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Leafs in the NHL; wherever hockey is played and watched in Canada, there will always be significant interest in betting on the action.

Responsible gambling in Newfoundland and Labrador

The fact that sports betting is well established in the province ensures that there is a welcome focus on the need for all forms of gaming to be pursued responsibly by providers and participants. Most people enjoy gambling as a relaxing leisure pursuit. For a small minority, however, it can lead to addiction and a range of social problems. Plenty of agencies operate nationally and locally to provide practical support for such people, as well as well-founded advice that can help gamblers avoid issues.

These include:

  • The Responsible Gambling Council, seen as one of the leading resources of responsible gambling materials and programs across the nation.

  • Problem Gambling offers a range of responsible gambling tools to help people, and their families, who are worried about their gambling.

  • The Canada Safety Council delivers a wealth of information, including access to a number of helplines.

  • The Atlantic Lottery Corporation runs a program training retailers in the ways they can help gamblers who may develop problems.

Where can you bet in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Several retail outlets across the province, including grocery stores and gas stations, have Atlantic Lottery Corporation facilities where you can bet. Anyone over 18 years old with an internet connection can place a sports bet through the Pro-Line platform provided by the ALC. Newfoundland and Labrador is home to two licensed land-based casinos. Should the sports betting landscape mature further, they would be potential venues for future sports betting.

Single-game online sports betting in Canada

Our interactive map shows the status of betting in each Canadian province and territory. Betting is legal nationwide, but some provinces only allow parlay betting – bets made up of multiple selections, rather than a single one. Other provinces allow single-game online sports betting, as well as parlay betting.

Also note that many licensed offshore websites offer legal alternatives, and our map represents provincially regulated options only.

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