June 20, 2024

BCLC says Sport 1 of the Canucks’ first-round sequence in opposition to the Oilers smashed the document for cash wagered on a single hockey sport

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You understand these sports activities ingesting video games, those the place you are taking a shot every time, say, Connor McDavid whines to a ref or Corey Perry does one thing silly on the ice?

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Should you performed the identical sport each time a betting advert appeared in your display screen you probably wouldn’t have the ability to stroll to the fridge by the start of the second interval.

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Single-event sports activities betting has been authorized in Canada since 2021 and in contrast to, say, adverts for alcohol, star athletes are allowed to pitch betting websites.

And with the excitement across the Vancouver Canucks making their first playoff look earlier than in-arena crowds in 12 years, that’s translated to loads of wagers being made with PlayNow, the one authorized on-line sports activities e-book in B.C., operated by the B.C. Lottery Company (BCLC).

Sport 1 of the Canucks’ first-round sequence in opposition to Nashville, for example, broke a document for cash wagered on a single hockey sport, a BCLC spokesman mentioned.

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Sport 1 in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers smashed that document, though BCLC doesn’t launch actual numbers.

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If the Canucks emerge the winner from their second-round sequence in opposition to the Oilers, bettors in B.C. stand to win $140,000, in line with PlayNow. Photograph by Greg Southam /Postmedia

“We sometimes don’t launch the greenback figures for this sort of info attributable to aggressive causes, however I can let you know the quantity of bets for each (series-opening video games) had been greater than double what we’d see in a median NHL playoff sport on PlayNow,” the spokesman mentioned.

What he may say is that if the Canucks emerge the winner from their second-round sequence in opposition to the Oilers, bettors in B.C. stand to win $140,000, in line with PlayNow.

Have been the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup, PlayNow is taking a look at payouts of greater than $3 million.

The irony of all these betting adverts with Wayne Gretzky, all these annoying digitally produced adverts zipping across the boards throughout play, is that B.C. residents are ineligible to wager on these websites as a result of they’re Ontario-based betting retailers, not PlayNow.

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That’s as a result of in 2022 Ontario allowed personal operators in on the motion and solely individuals who have an Ontario IP deal with can wager by them.

“A variety of these adverts are for web sites that aren’t licensed in B.C. and, in lots of instances, will not be accessible to B.C. residents,” mentioned Luke Clarke, a psychology professor at UBC and director of the Centre for Playing Analysis.

“However in fact these adverts can nonetheless be triggering for individuals with playing issues, for instance, they usually’re nonetheless contributing to, I feel, a really actual concern in regards to the normalization of playing in sports activities.”

It’s not the ultimate end result you’ll be able to wager on.

When the Canucks-Oilers sequence started at Rogers Enviornment on Could 8, for example, the Canucks had been overwhelming underdogs amongst hockey consultants and bettors. A $10 wager on Vancouver successful its Spherical 2 sequence in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers would have paid out $30; the identical wager on the Oilers successful 4 video games would have paid out $14.

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BCLC additionally identified three Canucks gamers — Quinn Hughes, J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser — are having loads of bets positioned on them to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for probably the most helpful participant within the playoffs.

As properly, you’ll be able to wager on people’ performances at the same time as a sport remains to be being performed.

“Once you mix that with smartphone-based cellular entry to those web sites you then have the potential for what I’d name very small-scale occasions and that truly modifications the elemental nature of that playing product,” Clark mentioned.

“It makes the betting a lot quicker … there’s various analysis from different components of the world that had launched that type earlier than Canada did to point it’s a way more problematic type (of betting).”

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