Alberta Sports Betting

Alberta's Sportsbook Launch & News Updates


Updated June 22, 2024

Alberta is Canada's fourth-most populous province that is set to be one of the Great White North's leading sports betting markets moving forward.

As of now, Albertans can place online and in-person wagers via Play Alberta and at participating locations. It remains to be seen whether Alberta will open their untapped market up to outside books. Expect new books to launch sometime in 2023. 

Alberta Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background

Play Alberta is the first and only legal sportsbook to become live in Alberta and is leading the way for sports betting in the province. Additionally, bettors can play slot games via 6,000 VLT kiosks throughout Alberta and place their sports bets in person via Sport Select and at locations that are hosted by the AGLC, the government agency of Alberta.

On Dec. 10, 2021, Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) announced it has begun accepting applications from vendors hoping to join the sports betting market. Parties are able to apply through Alberta Purchasing Connection.

More recently, Edmonton Oilers NHL MVP Connor McDavid became the brand ambassador for BetMGM, which is exciting news ahead of what's set to be a successful year for Canadian sports betting. Perhaps this could mean that BetMGM could be coming to Alberta sometime in 2023. 

Alberta Sports Betting Timeline

September 2021

August 2021

  • Bill C-218 is in full effect beginning Aug. 27, legalizing single-game sports betting across Canada.

December 2021

  • Alberta Regulators To Accept Proposals From Two Private Sports Betting Operators.

How to Start Betting in Alberta

While Albertans have limited options, they are finally able to participate in online sports betting through Play Alberta, which was officially launched on Sept. 1, 2021.

Step 1 Select a sportsbook

At this time, Albertans are only allowed to use Play Alberta to place single-game wagers online. Additionally, players can place their wagers online or choose to submit them in person at any WCLC terminal through Sport Select.

Step 2 Register online

  • Click on “sign up” on the top right corner of the site.
  • Enter your email address and a strong password.
  • Enter your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number and answer a couple of security questions.
  • Your account has been registered and you are now able to bet!

Step 3 Deposit funds

Funding an account can be done in a matter of minutes. Sportsbooks accept several payment methods.

Method  Fee Processing Time Minimum Deposit
Mastercard Free Instant CAD$10
Visa Free Instant CAD$10
Interac Online Free Instant CAD$10

Step 4 Choose your bet types

 With the arrival of single-game sports betting in Canada, local options will continually become more accessible to bettors. Play Alberta offers a variety of bet types from single to multi-game sports betting.

  • Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game. Point Spreads
  • Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event. Moneylines
  • Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. Totals
  • Player Props. A prop bet, short for a proposition, wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. Props Bets

Alberta Sports Betting Tips

Basketball icon Sports Betting for Alberta Beginners

New to sports betting in Alberta? Check out our sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started placing bets on the Calgary Flames.

Baseball icon Sports Betting Glossary

The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially to new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with every term you might need to know.

Football Icon Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Betting on your favorite teams like the Oilers or the Elks might seem like an easy win, but you need to be responsible if you're going to sustain in the sports betting world.

Here are our top mistakes to avoid.

Pro Teams to Bet on in Alberta

Alberta Pro Teams to Bet On

There are four provincial professional sports teams to bet on in Alberta. Although Alberta has limited sports betting options, bettors will be able to bet on most of their favorite local teams on Play Alberta. 

NHL Logo NHL Betting in Alberta

Calgary Flames logo Calgary Flames

After the Flames' transition from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980, they had success in reaching the playoffs. Now, they're trying to win their first Stanley Cup since the 1989-90 season. They are looking to win their first Stanley Cup since the 1988-1989 season. 

Flames Odds

Edmonton Oilers logoEdmonton Oilers

Formerly known as the Alberta Oilers, this franchise became the Edmonton Oilers in 1979 when they transitioned from the WHA to the NHL. When comparing the Oilers to the Calgary Flames, their provincial rivals, they are considered the more successful franchise as they attempt to win their sixth Stanley Cup since the 1989-1990 season. 

Oilers Odds

Recommended resource to help you bet on hockey in Alberta:

CFL logo CFL Betting in Alberta

Calgary Stampeders logo Calgary Stampeders 

The Calgary Stampeders are looking to win their next Grey Cup since the 2018 season and currently stand third in the West Division.

Historically, the Stampeders have won 8 out of 17 Grey Cup appearances and aim to return to dominance to gain an edge in their rivalry with the Edmonton Elks.

Edmonton Elks Edmonton Elks

The community-owned Edmonton Elks are last in the West Division and are struggling more so at home than on the road.

Despite not having the best season, the Elks historically won six more Grey Cups (14 in total) than their provincial rivals, the Calgary Stampeders. 

Alberta Sports Betting Casinos & Books

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Ownership: Tsuut’ina Nation and Sonco Gaming, Inc. Games Operator: AGLC

River Cree Resort and Casino

Ownership: Enoch Cree Nation Games Operator: AGLC

Deerfoot Inn and Casino

Ownership: Gamehost Inc. Games Operator: AGLC

Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino

Ownership: Stoney Nakoda First Nation Games Operator: AGLC

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

Elbow River Casino

Pure Casino Edmonton

Ownership: PURE Canadian Gaming Games Operator: AGLC

Pure Casino Lethridge

Ownership: PURE Canadian Gaming Games Operator: AGLC

Alberta stadium

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.

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Alberta Sports Betting FAQs
Commonly asked questions about sports betting in Alberta
Is single-game sports betting legal in Alberta?
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