Gambling in New Brunswick, Canada
All gambling in New Brunswick is governed by the Criminal Code of Canada, which basically refers the governance back to the specific province.
Residents of New Brunswick have many forms of legal gambling in which they can partake, including visiting several land-based casinos, visiting a local race track, playing bingo, lotto or, of course, partaking in the many forms of online wagering.
Because Canada does not specifically outlaw offshore gambling websites, citizens are legally allowed to play at both websites licensed within their own borders and elsewhere.
Sports betting in New Brunswick
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation runs both regulated land-based and online sports betting options in New Brunswick, with this selection — which includes PRO-LINE Fantasy, PRO-LINE, PRO-LINE Futures and Stadium Bets — rather limited in comparison to what sportsbooks based overseas will offer.
There are obvious pros to betting with a website licensed in Canada — such as SportsInteraction — over an offshore website, like peace of mind that you are wagering somewhere safely, and that you’re supporting a local business, which pays tax in Canada.
However, if you are like the WGL team, you will prefer to gamble where you can get the best odds and more options. This leaves us with websites based and licensed in overseas territories, which can sound daunting, but in reality they probably face a higher level of regulatory scrutiny from a body such as the United Kingdom Gambling Commission or the Malta Gaming Authority.
Online casino gambling in New Brunswick
Online casino gambling in Canada can be done at websites licensed in Canada and at offshore online casino sites. What is the difference, you might ask? It just comes down to licensing in the end with similar software available at both offshore and Canadian online casinos including some of the biggest brands in the industry such as Playtech, Microgaming and Net Entertainment.
The games available at online casinos mirror those at land-based casinos, although as a general rule of thumb you will find more varieties of titles at the virtual version. This means you can play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, slots and many other casino games. Some online casinos might even have a total game number of more than 2000 titles.
Lottery in New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (which is part of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation), which is governed by the Gaming Control Act, is responsible for lotto games in this province of Canada.
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation is jointly owned by the four Atlantic provincial governments which are New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. This arrangement allows the prizes to be bigger because the provinces have shared liquidity.
There are many different weekly and daily draws held by the ALC with tickets available at many retail outlets and off its official website.
Racing in New Brunswick
Saint John has one of the only active racetracks in New Brunswick, with the sport struggling for support and members in years gone by.
Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John holds harness racing during the season (May-September). Exhibition Park is more than just a race track with many slot machines, bingo facilities for more than 750 guests and a racebook available for those watching the horses. The facility is open seven days a weeks.
The other race track, which also holds harness racing, is the Fredericton Raceway and Exhibition Centre, which is one of the oldest of its type in Canada. This track houses 150-odd horses, has covered seating for over 1000 and boasts several popular restaurants.
One thing we will say about the race tracks in New Brunswick is that, even though they don’t hold the highest class of racing we’ve come across, they are truly beautiful and well worth a visit.
New Brunswick Horse Racing, which is the official body of the sport in the province, has long been agitating for more support from the local government, but is yet to receive any extra backing of this kind.
Gambling laws in New Brunswick
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, the responsibility to legalise or ban all forms of gambling basically comes down to individual provinces.
To be more precise, Section 207 of the aforementioned code, allows the province to conduct and manage lottery schemes with any law brought in by the sitting government. This also allows charities, local events and religious organisations to hold fundraisers and events which could be deemed gambling.
Gambling venues in New Brunswick
Casino New Brunswick
Address: 21 Casino Drive, Moncton, New Brunswick
Info: Casino New Brunswick has more than 10 different table games and many slots. Is probably the biggest casino in this province of Canada.
Eagles Nest Casino New Brunswick
Address: 17 Muwin Lane, Woodstock First Nation, NB E7M 0B1,
Info: Owned by the Woodstock First Nation Economic Development Corporation, this casino has video lottery, bingo, slots, card games and plenty of other events and activities.
Grey Rock Casino
Address: 100 Chief Joanna Blvd, Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, NB E7C 0C1, Canada
Info: You will find poker, bingo, many slots and heaps of events happening at this venue. The Totem Rewards Club is also a popular initiative.
Saint John Exhibition Park Bingo
Address: 159 McAllister Dr, Saint John, NB E2J 2S6, Canada
Info: Has all-day bingo games on Tuesdays and Sundays and is located in the well-known multi-purpose venue.
Address: 355 Smythe St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1N1, Canada
Info: This venue holds live harness racing and is among the oldest in Canada, having clocked up close to 200 years.
St Mary’s Entertainment Centre
Address: 185 Gabriel Dr, Fredericton, NB E3A 5V9, Canada
Info: Its claim to fame is that it is the largest bingo centre in Atlantic Canada. Holds real money bingo games every night of the week and is also a large community hub.