Want to know if you can legally gamble in Canada? What banking options you can use to make your deposits? The safest and most secure Canadian online casinos? You’re in luck. That’s what you’ll find below.
Canadian Casino Banking Options
Ready to gamble online? You can use the following banking methods to fund your account:
• Wire Transfer
Most, if not all of these options can be used to cash out your winnings. And another thing – most casinos will let you deposit in CAD (Canadian Dollars). You can also choose to deposit in USD, Euro, and Pound.
But not every casino will let you play in CAD, so you’ll want to do your research to find the ones that do so you don’t have to worry about exchange rates or fees.
Gambling Regulations and Laws in Canada
Canada has done some flip-flopping over the last century. Prior to 1900 gambling was prohibited. But by 1900 they changed their minds to allow bingo and raffles. Shortly thereafter horseracing was allowed.
By 1969 Canada realized how much money could be made by running lotteries. So, they changed the laws once again (on both the federal and provincial level) to allow lotteries. Their goal was to raise money for local and national projects – like raising money for the Montreal Olympic Games in 1974.
As of today, you can play poker from your home, in licensed (land-based) casinos and even online. You can play poker, casino games and bet on sports from your computer.
And one of the best parts – you don’t have to pay taxes unless you’re earning money as a business.
So, that’s the regulations in a nutshell. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of gambling and where they’re okay.
- Lotteries – These are okay in all 10 provinces and four territories.
- Brick and Mortar Casinos – These are legal in all provinces except New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland for both table games and slot machines.
- Charitable Games – These are legal in all provinces and territories.
- Online Casinos – These are only legal if they’re government sanctioned. The Kahnawake Mohawk Nation is also allowed to license gambling sites.
Other than that – you just need to be 18 or 19 years old (depending on where you live) to play.
Land-Based Casinos in Canada
There are about 90-100 casinos in Canada. Here are our top 5 picks with summaries of what to expect when you visit them.
1. Casino de Montreal – This is the largest casino in Canada. They have 3,200 slot machines, more than 100 games, virtual horses and live poker. This is a unique casino because they have windows on the gaming floor – not a standard practice for casinos.
2. Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino – They offer 300 slot machines, 14 table games, and non-smoking areas. They also run several nightly poker tournaments throughout the week.
3. River Rock Casino Resort – This is the largest casino in British Columbia. On their 70,000 square foot gaming floor, you’ll find 1,000 slot machines, a high limit room and a 24-hour poker room with no limit Holdem and Omaha.
4. Casino Niagara – A 95,000 square foot, two-story casino. They have 1,500 slot machines and 40 table games. They offer sports betting, too.
5. Caesars Windsor – They have an AAA Four Diamond award winning 23 story hotel. They have a 100,000 square foot gaming floor with a full-blown sportsbook, live poker room and standard table and slot games.
There hasn’t been much legal-wise to come from Canada over the past year. But there has been a few interesting stories.
1. Canada-based gaming company, Amaya, bought PokerStars and Full Tilt for $4.9 billion dollars. Experts think this is a strategic move to try to get PokerStars in the regulated US market (since they couldn’t on their own with the original owner still apart of the company. Only time will tell if they pull it off.
2. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) launched a new gambling site – PlayOLG.ca. This started off as a beta-test to Rewards members and included a wide spectrum of games including slots, video poker, and table games. 
Looks like the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) launched a new gambling site – PlayOLG.ca. They initially launched to Rewards program members as a beta-test before launching to a wider audience. Their initial launch included slots, table games, and video poker.
3. US prosecutors want to extradite Calvin Ayre, the Canadian born billionaire behind the Bodog brand. He’s wanted in Maryland on charges of money laundering and operating an illegal gambling business in the US.
Fortunately for him, he’s currently in Antigua. They’re not eager to work with the US due to a small spat between the two nations. Apparently, they’re upset that the US won’t let operators from Antigua operate in the United States.