Saskatchewan’s official online sportsbook could go live by summer, SIGA says

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority is working on more sports betting options for bettors in the province, who currently have only one place to turn to make a legal bet.

Last Updated: January 21, 2022 1:30 PM ET
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Saskatchewan sports bettors may have legal options to bet online and at casinos across the Prairie province when the Roughriders play regular season Canadian Football League games again.

At least that’s according to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), which operates seven casinos and has been tapped to run an online gambling site that will offer sports betting.

“Sports betting plans are currently being worked on, and we anticipate that sports betting at casino sites and our online gaming portal will be available to the public by summer 2022,” Alanna said. Adamko, director of communications for SIGA, in an email.

The launch of retail and online sports betting in Saskatchewan by SIGA will give bettors in the province more choice in how to place a legal bet. Currently, the only authorized avenue for sports betting in Saskatchewan is Western Canada Lottery Corp.’s SPORT SELECT game, which caps bets at $100 and requires players to visit a store to get their ticket.

SIGA’s online portal (for which the non-profit organization is seeking a vendor to help develop) will also bring what Saskatchewan offers in terms of legal sports betting to a level similar to that of Alberta and Manitoba. neighbors. In these provinces, there are already Internet sportsbooks run by government-owned lottery and gaming companies; Alberta is also considering other online sports betting options related to its casinos.

Perhaps most importantly, the new online gambling portal will help the Saskatchewan government and First Nations capture some of the revenue that is currently flowing to offshore and illegal gambling entities.

“This new online gaming site will be a safe, regulated and secure platform that will fall within existing responsible gaming practices,” Don Morgan, the government minister responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Corp., said in a press release. of September. “This site will have measures and resources in place to support players and protect privacy, while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Saskatchewan.”

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In September, an amendment was announced to the framework gaming agreement between the provincial government and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.

The amendment laid the legal groundwork for SIGA, which was created by the FSIN, to operate an online gambling site in addition to its casinos. SIGA has also signed a letter of intent with Saskatchewan Gaming Corp. which defines the general conditions of operation of the site by the first and management by the second.

While the online sports betting and gaming site was originally scheduled to launch in 2022, SIGA’s schedule has since become more specific.

Additionally, the FSIN and the Government of Saskatchewan have agreed to a new 50/50 revenue sharing agreement that splits profits between the two. According to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, SIGA will also receive five years of exclusivity for its online casino and sportsbook, meaning the government will not operate a competing app or website during that time.

“Additional revenue opportunities from online gaming and sports betting will only increase SIGA’s ability as a not-for-profit organization to positively impact jobs, economic growth, community relations and financial self-sufficiency for First Nations in the province,” said SIGA President, Chief Reginald Bellerose. said in last September’s press release.

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