Betway Canada Review & Launch Updates

Canadians are excited about the arrival of commercial sports betting! With the passage of Bill C-218 and the legalization of single-event sports wagering throughout Canada, it’s now down to individual provinces to fully legalize and regulate sportsbooks for their defined territories.

At the moment, each Canadian province has its own lottery-run sportsbook platform. However, Ontario is leading the charge for a broader expansion to commercial sportsbook operators, beginning with BetRivers. Although this sportsbook beat the competition in the race to enter the Canadian market, other sportsbooks are hot on its heels.

These sportsbooks include Betway, a UK-based and popular international sportsbook provider that offers great market depth/variety and even special betting markets for Canadian sports wagerers. Betway already offers its services to Canadian sports bettors given the Canadian government’s position on offshore betting sites.

Betway’s licensure is a distinct possibility for Ontario and other Canadian provinces. With that in mind, let’s look at everything you need to know about the sportsbook in Canada so you will know whether you want to give it a try in the near future.

Betway Sportsbook: Odds Vs The Competition Grade (4.5/5)

While Betways’ promotional opportunities are good in aggregate, you’ll also want to know whether it has great odds. Fortunately, it comes with competitive odds for all the staple betting markets you would expect, including hockey, football, and baseball.

Of particular note are the odds guarantees offered by Betway. Odds guarantees are simply minimum odds ranges or amounts you can expect when you check out betting lines from Betway. This means you can count on Betway to provide you with a minimum profit if your wagers are correct.

That said, Betway’s odds aren’t always the best or at the top of the pack. It’s heavily sport-dependent. Typically, you’ll find excellent odds for European or international sports like Korean baseball, European football leagues, rugby, and Australian rules football. This factor might be due to Betway’s British origins.

When it comes to popular Canadian sports such as hockey and football, things are a little more complicated. Sometimes Betway has highly competitive odds with the best potential for high payouts. In other cases, it lags behind other sports wagering platforms.

Since it’s a mixed bag, you’ll definitely want to line shop or check the betting lines from other sportsbooks before putting your money down on a big sporting match.

Betway Canada: Market Depth And Variety Grade (4.8/5)

Betway has thousands of different sports markets to check out, many of them are tailored specifically for Canadian sports wagering fans. These naturally include plenty of markets for popular Canadian sports like football, hockey, and baseball.

Even better, Betway offers a variety of different wager types ranging from moneyline bets to parlay bets. It is a particularly good sports wagering platform if you like prop or proposition bets, as prop markets are usually full for hockey and football, which are two of the most popular sports wagering leagues for Canadians.

Once you download this app, you’ll get access to over 15,000 different sports betting markets. This is great market depth and variety compared to other sports betting platforms — only massive sports wagering operators like FanDuel or DraftKings have the market variety to match.

We also really like that Betway offers every major wager type through its in-play betting portal. With this betting portal, you’ll be able to put your money down in the middle of the action as it unfolds on screen. The odds for these specific wagers are formulated by automated algorithms.

Betway: Deposit And Cashout Grade (4.7/5)

A great sportsbook worth your time and money will also have a variety of deposit and withdrawal methods. Luckily, Betway scores high in both of these categories.

Canadian sports bettors can deposit using e-checks, credit or debit cards from MasterCard or Visa, electronic wallets like PayPal, and even ACH or EFT transfers. Due to these many choices, you can always fund your sports betting account whenever you like without having to visit a physical casino cascade. This ease is a good thing since Betway isn’t technically licensed or measured in Canada.

Withdrawal options are similarly versatile. You have several electronic wallet options, credit or debit card transfers (though only from Visa cards rather than Visa and MasterCard cards), e-check transfers, and ACH transfers.

But keep in mind if Betway is ever licensed and regulated in a specific Canadian province, the deposit and withdrawal methods might change. Be sure to check Betway’s site or this page for updates as the licensure situation develops in Canada.

Betway Sportsbook: Mobile App Grade (4.7/5)

The Betway mobile app is highly regarded and well-designed. It’s available for both iOS and Android users and only takes a couple of minutes to install and launch from start to finish.

The mobile app interface is pretty similar to the desktop version, though many of the major elements have been sized down for easy navigation and perfect sizing (fit smaller screens). All the major controls are located at the top of the screen, including buttons to claim promotions, request withdrawals, and access the in-play betting portal.

We also like the customer service options available, ranging from email to live chat to give you what best suits you.

Of special note is the cash-out feature, which allows you to cash out wagers that seem to be going south. This way, you can save some of your betting money if you know that a particular bet won’t pan out as you hope and want to withdraw some of your cash to spend it elsewhere.

Overall, the mobile app is easy to navigate through and performs well. However, on big game days, you can expect a slight amount of lag. This slowness might change once Betway is licensed for specific Canadian provinces and has dedicated servers to host the application within Canada’s borders rather than using servers across the pond.

Betway Canada: Overall Grade (4.7/5)

All in all, the Betway sportsbook is a stellar option. It offers excellent market depth and variety, with over 15,000 distinct markets to check out.

Also, Betway allows you to place practically any type of bet you can imagine, including in-play or live bets, and it offers a plethora of deposit and withdrawal options to make funding your account and retrieving your winnings easy. 

Betway is a worthy addition to the Canadian sports betting landscape and one that all gambling enthusiasts will want to check out.

Is Betway Legit?

Yes. Betway is based in the UK and is fully licensed and regulated by both the Malta Gaming Authority and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain. Both of these organizations are responsible for licensing and investigating sportsbooks throughout Europe and beyond.

Also, the Betway sportsbook is a part of the broader Betway Group, which is a major online gambling company. It launched in 2006 and offers digital gaming services around the world.

Why Choose Betway Over Canada’s Other Betting Sites?

While commercial operators like BetRivers are finally launching in Ontario and each province has a lottery-run sportsbook to check out, Betway might be a superior choice for a few key reasons:

  • It offers high-quality betting odds and markets to check out, whereas lottery run sportsbooks aren’t always the best in this regard.
  • It provides excellent wagering action and good live betting opportunities, which the lottery run sportsbooks don’t provide.
  • It has an attractive range of sports wagering promotions and a rewards program that both give you a bonus incentive to keep using the app for all your sports wagers.

Simply put, Canada’s provinces are looking to open their markets for commercial operators like Betway because they know commercial sportsbooks offer better betting experiences than their local portals.

If you want to really enjoy your time sports wagering, sportsbooks like Betway offer a much better bang for your buck.

Can You Trust Betway Sportsbook With Your Money?

Yes. Betway uses solid digital security means ranging from antivirus to SSL certification to protect the information of all of its users. On top of that, Betway has already been licensed and registered for operation in many European countries.

Why does this matter to you? Because Betway wouldn’t have been licensed if it weren’t able to protect the funds and personal information of its customers. Since Betway is pursuing licensure in Canada, you can bet it will maintain those standards even after it launches in different provinces.

This is also true if Betway wants to partner with a land-based casino or sports franchise in Canada. As a legitimate sports wagering operator, its security and trustworthiness are premium qualities it can’t afford to compromise. As opposed to offshore or sketchy betting sites, it’s less likely that Betway will steal your funds or sell your personal information on the black market.

Betway Fact Sheet

How old do you have to be?18 or 19 depending on the province
What provinces is Betway legal?All
What is the launch date in CanadaTBA

Betway FAQs

Is it legal to bet on sports online with Betway in Canada?

Yes. However, Betway isn’t officially licensed or regulated by any Canadian province. Therefore, users of Betway are technically using an offshore betting site.

How old do you have to be to place a bet with Betway?

You need to be at least 18 or 19 depending on the province. Ontario residents will have to be 19 or older to use a mobile sportsbook if private operators launch in the province.

Is Betway legit?

Yes. Betway, which has a long history of quality operations, has been providing sports bets to European and American customers for several years.

Is in-play betting available on Betway?

Yes. Betway sportsbook offers in-play betting for Canadian residents.

Can you sign up for Betway from anywhere in Canada?

Yes. However, if a province-focused Betway mobile app is ever created, you may need to download and register for the app from within provincial lines.

About the Author

Amber Hoffman

Amber is the Managing Editor of Toronto Sports Media. She writes for a variety of websites in diverse industries, including gaming and travel and is a fan of international football (not "soccer") and Gaelic sports.