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Gambling Apps Expected To Be Big in Canada

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As the global gambling industry continues to thrive, the latest market to enter a new era of regulation is Canada. New legislation passed in the Canadian parliament this summer has paved the way for legal single event sports betting – before now only accumulator bets were allowed – as well as privately-owned online casinos to operate. Previously, bettors in Canada were restricted to playing at a few government-owned sites in the country, or unregulated offshore ones. But the government has now decided to cash-in on the opportunity to tax gambling revenue and invite the big betting firms to apply for licenses.

So, what does this mean for the consumer?

If you are reading this from Canada then prepare yourself for radical changes that will give you more choice and value from your betting experience online. As well as having access to a greater number of licensed casinos and sportsbooks when you search for your favourite game or betting market online, you will also be enticed with good value welcome bonuses and loyalty offers designed by gambling operators who are expert in delivering what their customers want after years of honing their skills in the competitive European markets.

One of the most exciting opportunities for Canadians will come about through access to a new range of state-of-the-art apps that can be downloaded and installed to any hand-held device to make placing bets quicker and easier. Betting firms like 888 and Bet365 who are expected to be amongst the first to apply for licenses under the new regime have some of the best app technology in the industry and Canadians will benefit from neat features to make depositing and playing faster and easier.

In fact, in years to come, casino apps like these are expected to be as popular in Canada as they are in the US right now, another newly regulated gambling market.

Here are three apps worth looking out for when they become available in Canada in the near future, and the reasons why.


Amongst the world’s biggest and best-known bookmakers is Bet365 from the UK. They have been in operation since 2000 and have built their reputation on providing a massive range of betting markets from every country and continent. Their arrival in Canada is inevitable and with it Canadian gamblers will have access to place bets legally on one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated gambling apps on the market. Perks include:

  • High value bonuses for high rollers
  • In-play betting markets to bet on during matches
  • Live streaming of some sporting events via the app
  • News feeds to help make informed betting choices
  • Cash-out betting opportunities
  • Responsible gambling tools where players can set limits on their spend


If you are a regular gambler then you will already know about 888, another leader in the industry with a wealth of experience behind them. When the newly regulated Canadian market was announced 888 were one of the first to show interest, suggesting they would apply for licensing as part of their joint venture with Sports Illustrated. One thing is for sure, when 888 show up, casino and betting fans in Canada will have available to them a crazy amount of top-quality games and betting markets through either the website or the downloadable app.

Here are some features that the 888 app has that make it one of the world’s best.

  • A free money sign-up offer of up to $88 which guarantees you free play before you have even made a deposit.
  • Excellent live casino games that can be played at any time with real life croupiers.
  • Customer support in English and French Canadian.
  • In play betting markets
  • Lots of deposit options including Apple Pay and Interac
  • High value VIP bonuses for big spenders

Other Betting Apps for Canada

888 and Bet365 are the biggest names expected to land in Canada but as the regulated market develops, we can expect more bookmakers and casinos to apply for licenses and set up their online presence too. Those who have a good reputation in Europe and come with a good app experience include the award-winning Leo Vegas, as well as Betway, Betsafe and Casumo, all of which carry a hefty selection of online slots and live dealer tables alongside the sports action. Look out for these ones through your iPhone or Android device when they become available.

That is just a brief look into the future of online gambling in Canada. Keep watching this space for more details as the licensing process begins later this year.

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