The Canadian province of Ontario has announced the official grand opening of its regulated online betting site PlayOLG, bringing slots and table games to Canada's most populous province.
The site is being operated through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and is now offering slots, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, online lottery ticket sales and more through the casino. The move brings Ontario in line with Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia, and the Atlantic Provinces, who have been offering online betting services for quite some tie.
Ontario residents are estimated to spend between $400-500 million Canadian annually on offshore betting sites, and it is hoped the regulated site will chip into that figure.
Players looking to gamble on the site must be 19 years of age or older, which is also the legal age to consume alcohol and cigarettes in the country. The casino has also introduced several responsible gambling mechanisms, which include setting maximum betting limits.
Ontario is planning to use revenues created by the site to fund the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Ontario, which funds hospitals, non-profits, and cultural activities.