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Edmontonians could bet on sports matches in 2022

By December 10, 2021January 15th, 2022Sports games

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Edmontonians may soon be able to place bets at an Oilers or Elks game, casino or racing entertainment center.

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Steve Lautischer, acting vice president of gaming and cannabis at Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), said sportsbooks could be implemented at NHL and CFL venues in Alberta, and in a total of 28 other sites across the province during 2022.

“Just imagine the excitement of the Labor Day Classic, or a Saturday night battle in Alberta and going to a licensed sports betting area to bet on who has the next touchdown or the next goal,” said Lautischer at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Lautischer said they are looking for two vendors who can establish the betting engine that can be deployed at the retail level and extended through a mobile extension.

“Really, these are promoters who will be able to manage the bets themselves and help manage the environment in the retail space on the mobile app,” said Lautischer who added that app users mobile will likely have to register in person before they can. become fully mobile.

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Kandice Machado, president and CEO of AGLC, said allowing private sector operators to enter the gaming market in Alberta ensures that more money will flow back to the province rather than the markets. Gray.

AGLC is only awarding contracts to two vendors to help establish a competitive landscape in the province and will speed up the process of offering the service to Alberta sports fans, Machado said.

Machado added that working with two vendors will make it easier to resolve issues that arise.

“The steps we are taking give us the opportunity to resolve potential issues with two vendors and monitor the challenges other jurisdictions are currently facing before considering next steps,” she said.

Throughout the bid opening process, the AGLC has been in continuous communication with casino industry representatives and the Alberta Sports Coalition, which represents the Oilers, Elks, Calgary Flames and Stampeders. .

“The successful vendors will demonstrate that they can provide the AGLC gaming scene with responsible gaming tools and resources and promote healthy gaming behavior among their player base,” Machado said.

Interested sellers can apply until the end of January until Alberta Purchase Connection .