Sports Interaction obtains a license, Unibet fined
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.
Our top Canadian sports stories this week
Event of the week
CP Women’s Open — August 25-28
The CP Women’s Open, an LPGA tournament managed by Golf Canada, kicked off Thursday morning at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. It has been Canada’s national championship tournament since its founding in 1973. The event is sponsored by theScore Bet.
But everyone is talking about the activation at the 17th hole of the golf course known as “The Rink”. The hockey-themed hole features boards like a hockey rink surrounding the tee box, and there’s even a Zamboni parked next to the hole. Golf officials also wear stripped down clothing to mimic a hockey umpire.
Just taken out for a tear… pic.twitter.com/Q4LFZCSugL
— CP Women’s Open (@cpwomensopen) August 19, 2022
Canadian golfer and Ottawa native Brooke Henderson fully embraced the spirit of the hole on Wednesday’s Pro-Am day by donning an Ottawa Senators jersey as she left the tee box.
— CP Women’s Open (@cpwomensopen) August 24, 2022
Before play opened on Thursday, Henderson had the second-shortest odds on theScore Bet to win the tournament at +1000, behind Nelly Korda. She is also +230 to place in the top 5.
Henderson entered the CP Women’s Open ranked fifth in the Rolex Rankings and second in the CME World Rankings. She has won two tournaments this year and is a 12-time LPGA Tour champion, making her the most accomplished Canadian professional golfer in history.
Sports Interaction licensed in Ontario
Sports Interaction is the latest operator to acquire an iGaming license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Sports Interaction has been taking bets in Ontario since its inception in 1997 and is operated by Mohawk Online, a socio-economic initiative 100% owned by the Quebec-based Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. It is regulated/licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
The operator has been a corporate partner with Canadian professional sports franchises in the past, including the CFL Ottawa Redblacks and Edmonton Elks and the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Toronto Rock, among others. He also recently signed a one-year contract to become an official sports betting partner of the NLL.
It’s unclear what this transition means for the brand’s current Ontario customers. Sports Interaction offers a comprehensive sportsbook, iCasino, live casino and poker. However, the operator’s poker offerings are no longer available to Ontario customers.
Sports handle did not hear back when contacting Sports Interaction for comment on the transition to the regulated market.
The operator will also need to enter into an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario before it can officially join the regulated market.
Unibet fined by AGCO
The AGCO fined another Ontario operator for violating its advertising and inducement standards.
Unibet was fined $48,000 (CAD) for violations related to the 2.05 standard between May 19 and May 22.
Standard 2.05 states: Advertising and marketing materials that communicate gambling inducements, bonuses and credits are prohibited, except on an operator’s gaming site and through direct advertising and marketing, after receiving active player consent .
The regulator said Unibet “published or broadcast several broad gambling incentives that promoted generous welcome offers.”
Unibet has the right to appeal and has yet to issue a statement.
“We expect all registered operators to achieve and maintain high standards of responsible gaming, player protection and gaming integrity. The AGCO will continue to monitor the activities of these gaming sites and ensure that they are meeting their obligations under the Ontario Gaming Control Act and standards,” AGCO CEO and Registrar Tom Mungham said in a statement.
Since the April 4 launch of Ontario’s regulated online gaming and sports betting marketplace, three other operators have also been fined for violating AGCO advertising standards: PointsBet, BetMGM and DraftKings.
— AGCO (@Ont_AGCO) August 25, 2022
Blue Jays 2023 schedule revealed
The Toronto Blue Jays announced their 2023 schedule on Wednesday.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 24, 2022
Toronto will open the season with a 10-game road trip before its home opener on April 11 against the Detroit Tigers.
Major League Baseball has made several adjustments to next year’s schedule in an effort to make it more balanced. For example, the Jays will play 46 interleague games (up from 20 this year) and just 52 games against the other four clubs in the AL East (up from 76 games this year). And for the first time in modern MLB history, every team will play every other team at some point.
Jays fans and bettors shouldn’t be too concerned about the prospect of next year, as the team appears destined for the playoffs this season as a wild card team. Toronto is currently -1900 to make the playoffs at FanDuel, +700 to win the American League and +1700 to win the World Series this year.
Prior to the start of the season, the Blue Jays were tied with the Chicago White Sox for the fourth best odds (+1100) to win the World Series at DraftKings.
PointsBet Invitational Field Set
Curling fans have spoken.
Team Greg Smith from Newfoundland and Labrador and Team Suzanne Birt from Prince Edward Island were voted by fans via a Twitter poll to be the final two teams to compete in the first event PointsBet Invitational Curling.
Details in our story ➡️ https://t.co/d1GWt1Xwdd pic.twitter.com/H2TwDFyEJd
— Curling Canada (@CurlingCanada) August 24, 2022
The 32 team field is now set for the knockout tournament to be held in Fredericton beginning September 21.
The two winning teams will be seeded 14th in both 16-team halves of the field and will face the third-placed teams in the March Madness-style bracket.
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.
There will also be a celebrity pro-am event on Friday, September 23, which will likely include the Trailer Park Boys and several NHL alumni.
Rivalry Announces Second Quarter Results
Toronto-based Rivalry announced its second-quarter results Thursday morning, and CEO Steven Salz took to Twitter to highlight the financial data.
1/ We published Q2/22 results at $RVLY this AM, breaking records in almost every measure. The betting handle was $38 million, +98% YoY, record revenue of $5.3M, +60% YoY and record gross profit of $2.1M, +206 % over one year and +201% over one quarter. Healthy cash and $0 debt.https://t.co/gU1NZMRYfK
— Steven Salz (@StevenSalz) August 25, 2022
Rivalry did not specifically mention numbers for its Ontario operations in the release.
“Looking ahead, we are excited about the second half of the year,” Salz said in the statement. “The traditionally strong third quarter is going well for us. Several significant platform enhancements in areas such as mobile apps, traditional sports offerings and our casino business are expected to launch in the coming months. »
Rivalry, which is known for its various esports offerings, is licensed by the Isle of Man and holds a bookmaking license in Australia in addition to its Ontario iGaming license.