Pilot Heidi Kennedy
Head of Casino Operations
Head of Casino Operations
Our mission today, ladies and gentlemen, is to explore the gambling universe available to the great people of Canada. It’s a big northern country on a dainty little planet called Earth, for any martians or plutonians reading this.
This investigation aims to map out exactly which interstellar routes you can take for the best online betting in Canada. Our class will include everything you need, from what to look for to how to sign up, so there’s nothing for newcomers to fear while learning to bet online – except of course, the g-force as we lift off. Here it comes.
When I’m about to head out on yet another daring yet heroic mission, I like to visualise the battlefield. Now, we’re not sending you out into a space-war at PlayersBest Canada – apparently, that’s considered poor form by the generals – but we do still have an important mission.
So, imagine that landscape of online betting sports and casinos as being the inner workings of a great rocket’s engine. You’re the pilot of the rocket. Now, you don’t know the exact intricacies of how that engine works but that holds no bearing on your ability to propel towards the finest casino and online sports betting.
Similarly, the legal situation in Canada is rocket science level complex. There’s different laws for different provinces, a huge history of legalities around gambling in general, and disagreements between experts. However, what matters to you, my trusty crew, is that you’re able to bet on any site that has the proper licenses and security, and who offer their services to Canada. That is thousands of sites by the way, some of the best in the online betting sports and casino universe. So, is Canada one of the finest places to gamble on earth? Yes, I’d certainly say so.
Now, when it comes to finding the best online sports betting and casino betting known to mankind, there are many things to take into account. It’s also important to note – as I’ll discuss in more detail in our subsequent section – that this is a joint enterprise. Ye, it’s my job to help you find your way towards the best but it’s you who sticks the landing.
With that in mind, I’m going to break down the most important things that I look out for in a recommendation – and keep in mind that these can also help you gain insight into what you should be looking for too.
Just like I wouldn’t let my crew fly off into space without checking the safety of the ship first, I’d never recommend a site I wasn’t sure was properly licensed and secure. Canadian players can make use of sites with many different licenses, with only the cream of the betting crop getting the thumbs up from this old spacedog.
These are easy to check: I always look at the terms and conditions and at the bottom of the homepage for extra info. It should be as easy to find as the sun from Mercury. On top of that, I also look for their policy on encryption, data, responsible gaming – again, all of this should be nice and easy to find. Furthermore, I investigate the reputation of the site. For instance, app stores are great places for direct feedback.
As I’ve discussed in my opening briefing, the online sports betting and casino betting galaxies which are available for Canadian users are vast. That said, it doesn’t mean all betting sites are available to Candian players, even if it’s a lot of them. Naturally then, if I am to recommend a site for online betting in Canada, that’s a pretty important box to tick.
If you want to know if any site is available to you, it should be made very clear at the registration stage. But there’s more. I also need to know that it has a suitable selection of banking options, and greater mobile options also mean greater availability. The more, the merrier I always say.
That merry approach doesn’t just stop there. I’m also a pretty greedy captain when it comes to betting markets, and, if it’s what floats your moonbounce, also when it comes to casino games. Of course, quality matters here as well. I won’t accept any old rubbish in my atmosphere. No! I’m checking the betting variety for sure, but the quality betting variety.
How do I test this? Well, when it comes to sports betting markets, much of it comes down to the quality of the odds. You can test this by checking the overround. The eggheads at ground control tell me this is how much all possible market odds as percentages come to, with anything closer to 100% being better. The other, simpler way, is to check out how they stack up against the competition.
Testing the quality of casino games means I have to play loads and loads of really amazing online games for science. I’m all about the mission.
Not everything is about looks, you fickle humans! No, it’s also about the practical impact design has on the site. In other words, how easy is it to use? When you live stream something, is it smooth and technically sound? Does everything work as it should? Can you find whatever game or market you’ve looking for easily?
These tests are an ongoing process of me taking notes as I check out the site generally, noting how straightforward the experience is. I also run the same tests on any mobile versions available.
At heart, I’m a simple captain. I like to relax, look at the stars and take the occasional fishing vacation to Mars. They weren’t kidding when they said they found water. I also like good quality customer service. That means they’re there as often as possible to answer my queries if they haven’t already been covered by the Help and FAQ sections. Live chat is ideal, but a great phone or email service is also appreciated.
On top of the options, there’s the quality of the team. Much of what I expect of them is what people love about me so much: I’m insightful, quick to help and go above and beyond the call of duty. That’s exactly what you should expect from customer service.
If you’ve selected your primary destination and are ready to blast off, then there’s only a final few steps before your journey truly begins. Let’s break them down here.
You’ll usually find it in the top-right corner of your chosen bookmaker, also usually where you will log in as a customer. This shouldn’t require a telescope: remember, they want you to sign up!
No need to worry here, the questions you answer will be pretty standard. They don’t even generally ask which planet you’re from. They will require an address which is why this is a perfect spot to make sure it’s availability to Canadian players. Email will be required too. You may also be asked to add bank details here, but you can often do it later.
Remember that according to the leaders of many online betting planets, there is a strict one account per person rule which can even stretch to your IP address. Other than that, it’s like signing up to any other site online.
If you’ve already added your bank details, then you’re good to go. If not, now is the time. Select how you would like to deposit, and how much. Remember that core principle of my teachings though: never bet more than you can afford to lose. Speaking of which, you may be able to set deposit limits at this time.
You’re signed up, you have your money, now all there is to do is place your bet. This is as simple as a high jump on the moon. Simply find which market you wish to back, select it, and then tell the site how much you would like to wager, usually on a bet slip. This bet slip should also tell you your expected returns if you win.
For casino users, it’s essentially the same process but with games instead of markets, and perhaps an action command or two depending on the game.
If you’re a winner – and why shouldn’t you be with my training – then it’s time to collect your winnings. Withdrawing should be as simple as depositing funds. HJust tell the site how much you want to withdraw through the banking section. It may take a touch longer than deposits though depending on your banking method.
As I said, this voyage is a partnership. Ultimately it isn’t about where I want to go: it’s about finding this perfectly cosmic destination for your betting needs. And, not all sites are objectively better than each other. Some are, for sure, and bad sites get kicked off the bridge as soon as I spot them. However, if there were one site that was simply the best, well, my explorations would all be finished. Yet, there’s plenty for this old spacedog to plunder.
That’s because you can have many great sites, which just offer different things. Some may be more socially focused, others stats oriented, one more of a jack-of-all-trades, another focused on specific sports. None of these are objectively better or worse than the other. However, one is likely to be better for you. So, my brief guide to using our reviews and guides is simple: use our recommendations and advice as a foundation for uncovering your perfect online sports betting or casino betting match.