Gambling in Quebec, Canada

Gambling in Quebec, Canada

As the second-most populous province in Canada with around 8.5 million people, Quebec has all the facilities for which the keen gambler could wish.

The capital is Quebec City but, of course, the largest and best-known city in the French-speaking province is Montreal.

And the jewel in the wagering crown is the massive Casino de Montreal, which opened in 1993 and is one of the largest in the world. It contains more than 3000 slot, video poker and other assorted machines, as well as around 115 casino tables, with all the favourites such as baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette, and a dedicated poker room.

There are several other world-class casino offerings which along with Casino de Montreal fall under the control of Societe des casinos du Quebec, a division of the powerful Loto-Quebec, which controls gambling of all types in the province.


Online wagering in Quebec

It’s not just about casino gambling in Canada’s biggest province. There is local standardbred (harness) racing at the Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres (3R); Sport Select betting through Mise-O-Jeu; sports betting online with offshore sportsbooks; not to mention Kinzo halls and more than 11,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs) at bars and other venues. The VLTs offer three types of game: slots-style line games, Keno games and poker games.

Kinzo is a Keno-style game played simultaneously at a network of 17 halls across Quebec which is unique to the province. There is a new game every six minutes during opening hours. For the full list of Kinzo venues see below.

While the local gambling varieties fall under the auspices of Loto-Quebec and are well-organised and can be accessed online, they face a similar problem to such options elsewhere in Canada: the odds are not overly generous and the sports betting through Mise-O-Jeu must be parlays and similar which do not favour the punter.

Most serious sports gamblers and, indeed, fans of online casino games, are turning to offshore operators or those licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Authority to secure the best odds and access to the best games and bonus offerings. Many sites cater to the Canadian dollar and it is not illegal for players from Quebec to sign up. Grey areas remain in Canadian internet wagering law but, until changes are made, there is nothing to prevent players from Quebec joining offshore sites, though we recommend sticking to the larger and more reputable organisations.

These include the likes of Bovada, Bet365, BetOnline and William Hill, just to name a few. They operate in Canada and provide countless markets on various sports.



Sports betting in Quebec

Ice-hockey is the sport of choice for many Canadian gamblers and it is no different in Quebec. The province is, of course, home to mighty National Hockey League (NHL) team the Montreal Canadiens, who play in the Atlantic Division of the eastern conference. They are the only existing NHL club to predate the league and have won more Stanley Cups than any other franchise.

Quebec is also home to the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, and the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.

With the laws changing in the United States to allow each state to decide if they want to offer sports betting, Canada risks falling behind because of its limited gaming laws.

Even though there is ready access to Mise-O-Jeu (run by Loto-Quebec) in Quebec and similar operations under the Sports Select banner in other provinces, it is estimated that Canadians bet up to $C10 billion a year with offshore operators.

And the reason is no secret. If you want to give yourself any chance of beating the sportsbook and turning a profit, you need to shop around for the best odds and offers.

If you do wish to stick with the local operation, you can do so online or in authorised convenience stores. You do need proof you are of age and a legal resident of Quebec.

The best of the sportsbooks licensed in Canada, by the Kahnawake Gaming Authority, is arguably SportsInterAction.com while LeonBets is another given the KGA stamp of approval. They both offer many markets on domestic and international sport as well as poker and casino games.


Quebec Casinos: online and offline

If you find yourself in Quebec, or indeed you live there, you will never be short of casino options. The Casino de Montreal, Casino de Charlevoix, Casino du Lac-Leamy and Casino de Mont-Tremblant hold their own with any casinos you will find pretty much anywhere. You can also play online slot machines, table games, video poker, keno, bingo and poker through the Loto-Quebec website. To join though you must be 18 years or older and a resident of Quebec. You must also agree not to play any of the games while physically outside the province.


Lottery in Canada

Loto-Quebec offers an extensive range of lotto draw-type, headed by Draw-type games Lotto Max, Quebec Max, Lotto 6/49, Quebec 49 and Grande Vie. Tickets can be bought online or at any of the 8500 retailers province-wide. There are also scratch games and more. You must be 18-plus to gamble on the lottery in Canada.


Land-based gambling venues in Quebec

CASINOS

Casino de Montreal
Address: 1 Avenue Du Casino, Montreal, H3C 4W7
Phone: 514-392-2746 or 1-800-665-2274
Info: 3000-plus slot machines, 115 gaming tables, 80 interactive multi-game terminals, 18-table poker hall, Keno, high-limits lounge.

Casino de Charlevoix
Address: 183 Rue Richelieu, La Malbaie, QC G5A 1X8
Phone: 418-665-5300 or 1-800-665-2274
Info: 1000-plus slot machines, 20 gaming tables, Keno, high-limits lounge.

Casino du Lac-Leamy
Address: 1 boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, J8Y 6W3
Phone: 819-772-2100 or 1-800-665-2274
Info: 1700-plus slot machines, 50-plus gaming tables, 50 interactive multi-game terminals, 12-table poker hall, Keno, high-limits lounge.

Casino de Mont-Tremblant
Address: 300 chemin des Pléiades, Mont-Tremblant, J8E 0A7
Phone: 819-429-4150 or 1-877-574-2177
Info: 450-plus slot machines, 15 gaming tables, 4 Texas hold’em tables, high-limits lounge.

GAMING HALLS

Salon de jeux de Quebec
Address: Fleur de Lys Shopping Centre, 550 Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec, QC G1M 2S6
Phone: 1-877-700-5836
Info: 100-plus slot machines, video lottery, electronic blackjack, keno and more.

Salon de jeux de Trois-Rivières
Address: 1900 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 0A3
Phone: 1-877-700-5836
Info:140-plus slot machines, video lottery, electronic blackjack, roulette, keno.

RACETRACK

Hippodrome 3R
Address: 1850 Rue de l’Hippodrome, Trois Rivieres, QC
Phone: (819) 374-6734 or (819) 376-4453
Info: There are some 65 gaming machines at the venue.

BINGO HALLS

There are more than 40 such halls across Quebec, with all profits going to not-for-profit organisations. Run by Loto-Quebec, there are network bingo games offering progressive jackpots, the largest of which starts at $C50,000.

KINZO HALLS

Open Mon-Thurs: 3pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am; Sun: 12pm-12am

Drummondville
Address: 600 Rue Cormier, Drummondville, QC J2C 5C4
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Granby
Address: 94 Rue Robinson Sud, Granby, QC J2G 7L4
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Joliette
Address: 12 Rue Richelieu, Joliette, QC J6E 3Z6
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Laval (Galeries Laval)
Address: 1545 Boulevard Le Corbusier (corner Saint‑Martin),
Laval, QC H7S 2K6
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Laval (Saint-Vincent-de-Paul)
Address: 4464 Boulevard Concorde Est (corner Lévesque), Laval, QC H7C 2R4
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Longueuil
Address: 1023 Boulevard Taschereau, Longueuil, QC J4K 2X5
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Montréal (LaSalle)
Address: 7401 Boulevard Newman, LaSalle, QC H8N 1X3
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Québec (Beauport)
Address: 4600 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 4R7
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Québec (Vanier)
Address: 100 Rue Chabot, Québec, QC G1M 1K2
Bingo nearby

Repentigny
Address: 80 Boulevard Brien, Repentigny, QC J6A 5K7
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Rimouski
Address: 59 Rue Saint-Germain Est, Rimouski, QC G5L 1A3
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Saint-Eustache
Address: 512 Rue Dufour, Saint-Eustache, QC J7R 0C3
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Saint-Hyacinthe
Address: 3050 Boulevard Choquette, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC J2S 1H1
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Address: 182 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 1W7
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Saint-Jérôme
Address: 500 Boulevard des Laurentides, Suite 1170, Saint-Jérôme, QC J7Z 4M2
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Sherbrooke
Address: 55 Rue des Abénaquis,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 1H1
Bingo nearby, Video lottery

Victoriaville
Address: 1111 Boulevard Jutras Est, Victoriaville, QC G6S 1C1
Bingo nearby, Video lottery