Canadian Government backs single-event betting bill
| By Daniel O'Boyle
The Canadian Government will introduce a bill to allow legal sports wagering on single events today (November 25), picking up the bill introduced earlier this month by Kevin Waugh MP.
The bill was initially introduced by Conservative Member of Parliament Kevin Waugh as Bill C-218, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, but will now be reintroduced by the Minister of Justice as “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (single event sport betting)”.
The bill would repeal paragraph 207(4)(b) of Canada’s Criminal Code, which states that sports betting is only legal if players bet simultaneously on at least three games or more.
In repealing this provision, the bill would allow Canadians to place bets on single sports events, as is widely available in other regulated jurisdictions.