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Northern Exposure: PlayFallsview Sportsbook, Latest On Ontario


Each Thursday, Sports Handle will recap all the top sports betting news in Canada, highlight the Game of the Week, and take a look ahead at some of the most intriguing games to bet on over the weekend.

Our top Canadian sports stories this week

Game(s) of the week

Canadian NHL teams in playoffs (all odds courtesy FanDuel)

Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames — Flames lead best-of-seven series 1-0

Series price: Flames (-720), Stars (+500)

The Flames completely locked down the Stars in Game 1, holding their opponents to just 16 shots on goal en route to a 1-0 victory. Elias Lindholm scored the lone goal, a power play marker in the first period, and Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom earned his second career playoff shutout.

Calgary is heavily favored (-230) at home in Game 2 on Thursday night and Dallas (+190) will have to find a way to generate more scoring chances. The total is set low at 5.5 goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning — Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Series price: Maple Leafs (-111), Lightning (-108)

Toronto made a huge statement with a 5-0 victory over the defending back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in Game 1 on Monday, but the Bolts responded by taking Game 2 by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The scene now shifts to Tampa (-120) for Game 3 on Friday night, and Toronto (+102) will have to take a more disciplined approach. The Lightning converted on three of their seven power play chances in Game 2, making the Leafs pay for their overly physical approach.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings — Best-of-seven series tied 1-1

Series price: Oilers (-215), Kings (+176)

The Kings stole Game 1 on Monday night with a 4-3 victory and took home-ice advantage in the series away from the Oilers. But Edmonton responded in a big way Wednesday night, pounding Los Angeles by a score of 6-0 to even the series at a game apiece.

Game 3 will go Friday night in Los Angeles. Edmonton (-144) is still favored despite being on the road, as oddsmakers continue to remain sheepish on the Kings’ (+122) chances of containing Edmonton’s potent attack led by Connor McDavid.

PlayFallsview sportsbook to launch

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment — which owns two major casinos in Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino — has selected Kambi Group to support the company’s new PlayFallsview online mobile sportsbook brand.

The multi-year deal will allow Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to leverage Kambi’s technology and mobile sports betting offerings for its new brand.

There’s currently no timeline for the launch of PlayFallsview, and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is not currently licensed with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

“It’s an exciting time for the mobile gaming industry as sports betting continues to grow, and we’re thrilled to be entering into another partnership with Kambi Group plc with the launch of PlayFallsview online mobile sportsbook,” said Rich Roberts, president of Mohegan Digital. “Once launched, this will mark MGE’s first online mobile gaming product outside of the United States and we’re really looking forward to our partnership with Kambi Group on this new venture.”

During a Gaming Americas panel last January, Roberts said Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment was also interested in hosting esports competitions in its Niagara venues in the future.

Kambi’s technology is being used in 17 U.S. states, and it recently added Ontario when the regulated market went live on April 4.

New AGCO license

Another operator, Skill On Net, was officially granted three licenses by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario this week.,, and have all been registered with the regulator, and the company’s website says it will have an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario soon.

According to its website, Skill On Net was founded in 2005 and provides over 3,000 different slots and table games to many white label and full turnkey partners.

As of Thursday morning, 34 operators have been successfully registered with the AGCO and 21 websites/apps are live in the province of Ontario. More operators are expected to launch in the coming weeks and months, including DraftKings, Bet99, BetRegal, NorthStar Bets, Betway, and Pinnacle, among others.

Ontario data from earnings calls

Many sportsbooks had earnings calls this week and some interesting data regarding Ontario operations was revealed.

Firstly, the following data from theScore Bet:

TheScore’s mobile news app averages roughly 4 million monthly users from around the globe, but the numbers aren’t an indication of how many of these users are also using theScore Bet app. It will be interesting to see the conversion data from the news app to the betting app once it becomes available. The company, which is based and branded in Toronto, offered 50 free casino spins to new users upon signup, so it’s not surprising nearly half of their bettors used iCasino through the first month.

Secondly, Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said the company will be spending cautiously in Ontario due to the crowded and competitive marketplace.

Thirdly, Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers) is very optimistic about its Ontario operations. The sportsbook announced some early data after the first week of launching in Ontario last month, and surprisingly revealed basketball accounted for 36% of its weekly handle. The Masters golf tournament was also very popular with Ontario bettors. BetRivers is using former TSN Sportscentre anchor Dan O’Toole as its Canadian brand ambassador.

CGA welcomes new members

The Canadian Gaming Association, a national trade association that represents leading operators and suppliers in Canada’s gaming, sports betting, eSports, and lottery industries, announced three new members this week: GeoComply, Bet99, and FIS.

GeoComply, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based third-party location service provider that provides cybersecurity solutions to detect location fraud and verify a user’s true identity, is working with several operators that have launched in Ontario.

Bet99, which signed Auston Matthews as a brand ambassador, is expected to launch its pay site in the province of Ontario and is in the process of becoming licensed by regulators. UFC great Georges St-Pierre is also a company spokesperson.

FIS is an American multinational Fortune 500 corporation that offers a wide range of financial products and services to global gaming customers.

It was a high-profile week for the CGA, whose president and CEO, Paul Burns, was elected to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame.

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