PokerStars Is Latest Operator to Go Live in Ontario iGaming Market

PokerStars Is Latest Operator to Go Live in Ontario iGaming Market
By Mark Keast

And then there were 29. PokerStars, owned by Flutter Entertainment, is the latest licensed and approved iGaming operator in Ontario, it was announced Tuesday.

PokerStars Ontario Casino will have offerings across Ontario online casino, poker and sport platforms (more than 5,000 games, poker, blackjack and more, available 24/7).

Said Tom Warren, head of marketing for PokerStars, in a statement: “In many respects Ontario is our home market, given the first ever hand of PokerStars was played here over 20 years ago, so we are thrilled about the new regulated environment within which our players can play. A lot has changed in that time, but our commitment to offering our players the most epic and thrilling experience in the market hasn’t — and we can’t wait to get started.”

To mark the occasion of the launch, PokerStars is offering the Ontario Platinum Series exclusively for Ontario online poker players, July 10-18, with a $1.5 million prize pool up for grabs. PokerStars’ gaming partner is Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, so they’ll be much more in store in terms of rewards, opportunities and experiences through that relationship as well.

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PROLINE Game 6 Stanley Cup Betting Results

According to PROLINE stats, the majority of those in Ontario sports betting were expecting Tampa to win Game 6 and force a seventh and deciding game in the series. About 70% of PROLINE bettors had Tampa +1.5 goals on the spread. Colorado won Game 6 by a score of 2-1 to take home its first Stanley Cup since 2001.

Customers that had Colorado to win the game: 43%. A $4,000 wager on Colorado paid out $7,560, while a $1,000 parlay (Colorado/Toronto and Milwaukee over 7.5 runs/Cardinals -1.5) paid out nearly $7,000. Just 24% of bettors had the total going under 5.5 goals.

The Stanley Cup outright NHL market was also settled with the Colorado win. Colorado opened the season with the best odds (5.50) to win the Stanley Cup while Tampa was second at odds of 6.50 (Vegas was third at 8.00; Leafs were fourth at 13.00).

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Jays-Red Sox Series, Game 2

The surprising Ross Stripling (4-2) takes the mound Tuesday night in the second game of the Jays-Red Sox AL East series. DraftKings Ontario has the run line at Jays -1.5 and Red Sox +1.5 (the Sox are generating 52% of the handle and 59% of the bets). On the moneyline the Jays are -140 and the Sox +120 (the Sox are at 58% of the handle and 47% of the bets). The over/under is 9. 

The Jays are coming off a poor week that saw them drop in the AL East standings.

And this from DraftKings’ director of race and sportsbook operations Johnny Avello, as the Joe Carter Golf Classic gets going this week at Glen Abbey: What would the odds have been for Carter’s World Series-winning home run in 1993?

If DraftKings was operating and offering mobile in-game wagering in 1993, the odds of Carter hitting a home run at that spot would have been set at 18-1 or (+1800). The odds of Carter getting a hit and tying up the game would have been set at +320.

Somewhere Mitch Williams is crying in his beer.



Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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