Single-event sports betting now available online in Manitoba will now allow single-event sports betting. Global News

Gamblers in Manitoba can now legally bet on single sporting events at

In a release Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MLL) said new federal legislation passed Friday will now allow Manitoba’s only legal gambling site to officer single-event sports betting.

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“We are very pleased to be part of this evolution of sports wagering in Canada,” MLL president and CEO, Manny Atwal, said in a release.

“Single-event sports betting has long been available through unregulated gambling websites and we have been looking forward to providing Manitobans with a safe and secure option for some time.”

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In June the Senate approved Bill C-218, a private member’s bill that amends Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single sports games — currently illegal except for horse racing — in a bid to win back customers from offshore sites, U.S. casinos and illegal bookmakers.

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Up until now the only sports wagers that were legal in Canada were parlay bets, where gamblers need to put money on the results of multiple games.

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More than two dozen U.S. states have moved to legalize single-event sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban in 2018, potentially siphoning off customers from Ontario casinos in Windsor and Niagara Falls.

Similar legislation zipped through the House of Commons with all-party support nearly a decade ago but foundered in the Senate and died when an election was called in 2015.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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