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DraftKings online sports betting and casino offerings are now lives in Ontariothe company announced on Wednesday.
This gives residents of Canada’s most populous province the opportunity to play on one of the leading gaming brands.
“DraftKings’ entry into Canada with our online sports betting and casino products is an important step in our expansion efforts as we reach nearly 40% of Canada’s total population,” said Jason Robbins, president and CEO of DraftKings, in a press release.
Ontario launched its new commercial gaming marketplace on April 4th. Among other operators, FanDuel, BetMGM and PointsBet Canada are live in Ontario.
Now fans of DraftKings Ontario Sportsbook will be able to deposit and play at its online sportsbook and casino.
In addition to its sports betting offerings that allow bettors to wager on ice hockey, baseball and more, DraftKings online casino offers over 100 slot titles for players to choose from.
The online casino platform also includes a live dealer section where players can participate in table games such as blackjack, roulette, poker and baccarat.
DraftKings DFS leaves Ontario
While DraftKings’ online sports betting and casino platforms are now live in Ontario, its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operations are no longer active in the province.
The company informed its players this week that DraftKings DFS is only eligible for players from approved Canadian provinces and US states.
“While we know this is bad news for our everyday fantasy sports fans, we will continue to work with the provincial government to try to bring everyday fantasy sports back to Ontario as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement. .
Ontario playing rules limit DFS pools to compete only against other players in the province. DFS operators are also required to pay $100,000 in license fees each year and 20% of their revenue to the Ontario government.
DFS operators hope to return to Ontario
DraftKings isn’t the only company to end its daily fantasy platform in Ontario.
On April 1, FanDuel eliminated its daily fantasy sports offerings in Ontario ahead of its sports betting launch in the province on April 4.
With Ontario limiting daily fantasy contests to Ontario players only, operators do not see daily fantasy sports as a feasible option with the limitations in place.
“This would significantly limit the size of future contests and lead to much smaller prizes – a product that we know will not be attractive to our players in Ontario,” FanDuel said on its website.
FanDuel said the company hopes the province’s DFS regulations will soon change to allow for larger contests.
“If this change occurs, FanDuel plans to bring our DFS product back to our players in Ontario,” the company said.
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