A Gambling Guide in Toronto

A Gambling Guide in Toronto

With no much land-based casino, Toronto had a rich and luxurious history of gambling. In the earlier half of the last century, the South Etobicoke area embodied six different gambling establishments where locals were entertained in cards, sports, and billiards.

With its establishment in 1975, The Ontario Lottery Corporation has since made promising progress in the field of gambling and lottery. With jackpot draws, card games, and slot machines, the Corporation has made a steady and sustainable gaming option for the Torontonians.

Land casino proposals have been rejected for quite a long time. Though the proposal of opening up doors of a land casino seems bleak, the booming online casinos take the lead. With the largest population in Canada as a province, it also deserves to be called the gaming capital of the country.


With a 57000 square feet sized casino and about a 3000 slot machines, the OLG Slots Casino, in the Woodbine Racetrack, heads the list. All organisations hosting establishments should be operated under the authorship of the OLG.

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino and the Rama Casino are some of the nearest establishments. Though miles away, they offer a myriad of revelling opportunities

The year 2018 has brought about discussions on developing a brand-new casino on the Toronto waterfront, as a theme park run by the government has been closed down. A single online platform has been provided for the residents, PlayOLG, a state-run initiative.


Sports betting

With its love for sports, the city has housed many high-end teams, The Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto Argonauts. Though popularity for sports betting is on the rise among the population, the ventures in this regard have been few. This reasons why people opt for offshore operations.

Animal Racing

When all gambling forms are regulated on a provincial level, animal Racing is held by The Canadian Pari-mutuel Agency. The Ontario Racing commission oversees the organisation of events and makes sure the parties are licensed.


Poker, as always, a world favourite, has been the same for the Toronto population. Online poker is available in the government monitored PlayOLG. Two land-based poker establishments are located at the Canadian National Exhibition Casino and Casino Rama.



The AGCO is in the upfront managing all lottery games offered by OLG. The policy ensures the integrity of lottery games and consumer protection in the field. Age restriction allows only 18-year-old adults to be participants of the game. Since 1975, the primary lottery has been the Ontario Lottery that comes under the Ontario Lottery Corporation Act.

Toronto has historically been a community with favourable perspectives on gambling. With its shortcomings in land casinos and sports betting that needs to be rectified, Ontario remains a booming field for gambling and casinos.

Russell C. Remy