Gambling in Saskatchewan
Gambling in Saskatchewan can be done at a multitude of land-based gambling venues with a nice spread right across the province.
Increasingly Saskatchewan citizens are turning to the internet for both their real money gambling and sports betting pursuits, with no laws stopping players from doing so.
Sports betting in Saskatchewan
The only betting options available in Canada are under the Sports Select model, including the somewhat-difficult-to-land options such as the Pro-Line, Props, Pools and Point Spread games cards. While these can be fun to give you a bit more interest in a contest, you are much better off placing a wager with an offshore bookie if you are actually aiming to profit from your wager.
While head-to-head bets are not allowed under Canadian law, offshore sportsbooks will allow you to place bets of this type. You will also find the markets offered and betting options to be much more extensive at betting sites licensed elsewhere.
As in much of Canada the Canadian Football League, the NFL, NBA and Major League baseball competitions are extremely popular to wager on, and you will find that the big international sportsbooks will frame markets on nearly all professional leagues from around the world.
Saskatchewan online casinos
Canada does have online casinos licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, however, this is a contentious licensing body even in Canada, with some politicians questioning its legality. Having said this, Canadians are free to sign up at casinos licensed by this body, and they are also allowed to sign up at overseas gambling sites.
When it comes down to it we firmly believe that these offshore sites are actually better and more trustworthy than those licensed in Canada, but we do expect this to change when the remote gambling laws are updated, potentially in the second half of 2018.
You will find that some online casinos can have upwards of 1000 games available to players, which significantly shades land-based gambling venues in the Saskatchewan region. Some of the biggest gambling software companies in the world — such as Microgaming, Playtech and Net Entertainment — are available to Canadians.
Horse racing in Saskatchewan
The only live horse racing in Saskatchewan is at Marquis Downs, located at Prairieland Park. Horse racing is held on Friday and Saturday nights with the season starting on June 1 and running until Saskatchewan Derby night in September; barring several weekends: one in June for the World Professional Chuckwagon Races; the long weekend in July; and the Saskatoon Exhibition, held every August.
When you are at the track you will be able to place Parimutuel bets, with the types available including win, place, show and features. Features can include exactors (exactas), triactors (trifectas), quinellas, daily doubles, win-threes (trebles) and pick-fours (quadrellas).
Saskatchewan lottery – Western Canada Lottery
Lottery in Saskatchewan is run by the provincial marketing organisation of Western Canada Lottery Corporation, which is known as Saskatchewan Lotteries. The company is a not-for-profit organisation with all profits from the lotteries going to local organisations such as sporting and community clubs.
Lotto products licensed to be run by the WCLC include Daily Grand, Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49. Other products that they are authorised to run in Saskatchewan include Western 649, Western Max, Poker Lotto, Extra, Pick 3, Sport Select. Keno and other scratch card products.
Gambling venues in Saskatchewan
Bordering on the USA, Saskatchewan has a diverse gambling industry, including some first-rate land-based casinos, bingo venues and poker rooms for its citizens to gamble at.
Address: Regins, SK, Canada
Address: Regina, SK, Canada
Regina Bingo Palace
Address: Regina, SK, Canada
PK Bingo Hall
Address: Yorkton, SK, Canada
ClubWest Bingo Hall
Address: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Leisure Time Bingo
Address: Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Address: Prince Albert, SK, Canada
City Centre Bingo
Address: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Keethanow Bingo North
Address: La Ronge, SK, Canada
Bear Claw Casino & Hotel
Address: Hwy #9 White Bear First Nations, Carlyle, Saskatchewan
Info: Located near Moose Mountain, Bear Claw Casino has a great reputation among travellers and locals. Boasts more than 130 slots and table games.
Address: 1880 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan
Info: Poker, accommodation, casino gaming
Living Sky Casino
Address: 1401 North Service Road East, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Info: Has over 200 slot machines and electronic blackjack terminals and does have a limited selection of live tables.
Various tournaments are offered throughout the year at Living Sky Casino.
Dakota Dunes Casino
Address: 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap, Saskatchewan
Info: Located 20 minutes away from Saskatoon, the Dakota Dunes is known for its high-limit room which includes Squeeze Baccarat and Double Deck Baccarat, on top of your casino classics.
Eagle Park West (Lloydminster)
Address: Eagle Park West, Highway 16 and 40th Avenue, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
Info: Is due to become a new casino in the Saskatchewan region.
Moose Jaw Casino
Address: 21 Fairford Street East, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Info: This casino has an old school vibe to it, from when jazz ruled the roost and gambling was done by the elite. Having said that everyone is welcome at Moose Jaw.
Northern Lights Casino, Saskatchewan
Address: 44 Marquis Road, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Info: Has table games and slots available and plenty of hospitality options.
Gold Eagle Casino
Address: 11902 Railway Avenue, North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Info: A facility owned by First Nations, Gold Eagle has some great restaurants, events rooms and live concerts, on top of the gambling activities.
Painted Hand Casino
Address: 510 Broadway Street West, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Info: Located near Yorkton’s Gallagher Centre, the Painted Hand is one of the most prominent casinos in Saskatchewan.
Marquis Downs Racetrack
Address: 503 Ruth Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Info: Hosts racing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Professional sports teams in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan has one professional sporting team, with its Canadian Football League team being the Roughriders, based in the Saskatchewan capital Regina. The Roughriders last won a Grey Cup in 2013 when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23. The Riders play home games at Mosaic Stadium, although it is not their traditional stadium of the same name, with the team relocating a few miles down the road in 2012 to a first-rate new venue. The Roughriders play in the west division of the CFL.