Newfoundland and Labrador, one of 10 beautiful Canadian provinces, offers gambling enthusiasts the chance to play paper-based lotteries and sports betting games at VLTs found in privately-owned liquor-licensed establishments. There are currently zero provincial crown corporations or First Nations operating any land-based casinos.
Newfoundland betting does however have charitable gaming activities. There are provincially-operated and regulated gaming options available like bingo, ticket lotteries, games of chance, card games, and Monte Carlo-esque events. In Newfoundland and Labrador, sports bettors are also capitalizing on the rising number of offshore-based online gambling sites, poker rooms, and online casinos.
Provincial Gaming Laws
Established by the province’s Minister of Government Services and Lands in 2002, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Lottery Licensing Regulations govern gaming and sports betting activities on the rock.
Service Newfoundland and Labrador is a provincial government ministry with multiple responsibilities such as public health and safety, and consumer protection. Service NL also manages and regulates the licensing of charitable gaming activities in the province, and represents NFLD as a shareholder in the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
The ALC operates ticket and video lotteries in Canada’s four Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island), and regulates video lottery terminals in licensed establishments across the province.
Atlantic Lottery Corporation
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation otherwise known as Loto Atlantique, was founded in 1976 and established to operate all lottery games in Canada’s four Maritime Provinces. With NB, NFLD, NS, and PEI owning the ALC, its headquarters are based in Moncton, New Brunswick with over 600 employees staffed from across the Maritimes.
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation is a member organization of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. The ILC operates lottery games across the country.
The ALC acts on behalf of NFLD, and works in conjunction with the ILC to offer popular lottery games, like Lotto 649, Lotto Max, paper-based and online sports betting games such as Atlantic Lotto Proline and the ProLineStadium.com sports betting portal.
Sports Betting Newfoundland
PRO-LINE, PRO-LINE Fantasy, PRO-LINE Futures, and Stadium-Bets are the paper-based and online sports betting games brand names operated under the ALC. These online sports betting games can be played through ALC’s ProLineStadium.com web-based portal.
PRO-LINE is an odds-based sports betting game that lets bettors wager on outcomes on a minimum of two, to a maximum of eight-event parlays. With PRO-LINE, you can bet on wager formats like the moneyline, point spreads, and totals. But all bets have to hit in order for the parlay to be considered a winning wager.
With PRO-LINE, you have to wager at least $2 on a ticket and you can’t wager any more than $25 on available sports such as NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB, MLB, NHL, and soccer.
PRO-LINE Fantasy is an odds-based sports betting game that lets bettors parlay between two and five selections of player/team props. The same minimum and maximum wagers apply.
PRO-LINE Futures is an odds-based sports betting game that lets bettors wager on a single selection from a games list. For instance, a games list might offer the option to choose a tournament, division or league champion from a list of all active participants. The minimum wager with PRO-LINE Futures is still $2, but the maximum wager is $100.
Stadium-Bets is another odds-based sports betting game that lets bettors wager on outcomes on a minimum of two, to a maximum of eight-event parlays. Moneyline, point spreads, and totals are available formats to parlay on Stadium-Bets. The differences here are you can only wager online via ALC’s ProLineStadium.com portal and the maximum wager is $250.
Single-Team Sports Betting
Single-team sports betting is illegal under Canada’s criminal code, which means there is no single-team sports betting games available in Newfoundland and Labrador. Compared to other online sportsbook betting options operated off-shore, ALC’s parlay offerings have considerably worse odds. The house edge on PRO-LINE bets is estimated at over 30 percent, where online sportsbooks like PowerPlay offer single digits.
Poker and Casino Options
Currently in Newfoundland, there aren’t any land-based casinos being operated by the province or on First Nations lands. Video lottery terminals are operated on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which is entitled to payout percentages of up to 93 percent on all its VLT games. The Atlantic Lottery Corporation manages VLT operations at licensed establishments, with maximum bets of $2.50, and maximum prize payouts restricted to $500.
Online Betting Newfoundland
Despite the fact that the province of Newfoundland and Labrador strictly controls gaming operations, there are still plenty of alternatives for sports bettors to enjoy from Service Newfoundland and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.