If the Senate do give the go-ahead to betting on sporting events then Caesars Windsor will have a large competitive edge over Detroit casinos.
Paul Burns, the Vice-President of the Canadian Gaming Association said that it “would be a great product to help regain the competitive advantage and bring the visitors back across the border.”
According to Burns, Canadians are already betting about $4 billion through off short sports book operations on single sports games and a further $10 billion through organised crime bookmaking operations.
The bill was unanimously passed by the House of Commons and Senate approval would give a much needed boost to the Windsor economy.
According to Burns, “The competitive advantages that the Windsor casino had over the years have slowly slipped away. When you see things like changes in smoking laws, parity in the dollar and a thickening of the border”.
A number of sports leagues are opposed to the bill claiming that it is likely to encourage max fixing. However, Burns says that in other parts of the world it’s been “a quality partnership” which works and can also work in Canada.