Set to launch in Ontario in the coming months, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Casino is one of the newer players expanding operations into the newly regulated Ontario gaming market. In June 2021, UK Based 888Sport entered into an agreement with Sports Illustrated to rebrand as Sports Illustrated Sportsbook. With operations currently available in Colorado and Virginia, the SI Sportsbook will expand into a number of other US States in the coming months. They are also expected to launch in Ontario in the not-too-distant future.
In this review, we’ll take a look at what Ontario residents can expect from SI Sportsbook and SI Casino once they go live in Canada. With strong brand name recognition and a reputation for stellar sports content, Sports Illustrated looks to set itself apart as a market leader in the sports betting space.
Only the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is live and operational. Moreover, the sportsbook is only available in the US to residents of Colorado and Virginia. The online casino is set to launch for the first time in New Jersey in the coming months, with a rollout to other US states and Ontario soon to follow. Be sure to check back as we continue to update this review as more information about the Ontario launch becomes available.
SI Sportsbook Ontario: Odds vs. the Competition Grade (4.0/5.0)
A market leader in sports entertainment since 1954, you’d expect the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook to provide bettors with competitive odds – and they do! Sports bettors can expect competitive spreads on all their favorite sports. The SI Sportsbook does not stand out as having wildly generous spreads, but they certainly don’t fall behind either.
Through all our research, we’ve yet to see a point spread that falls outside of a point or two differential from other online sportsbooks, and that’s perfectly normal. Points spread variance from sportsbook to sportsbook is purely a function of the betting handle. Sportsbooks set their point spreads based on market consensus and adjusts their lines to account for lopsided betting action. For every spread you see at SI Sportsbook that’s a point worse than the consensus line, you’ll find one that’s a point more generous as well. That’s simply how a sportsbook operates.
That said, the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook DOES offer their branded “SI Sportsboosts” – a section of sports betting parlays that have been boosted to reflect a higher payout. These are parlays that feature a combination of bets on popular contests that SI boosts a couple of points. These Sportsboosts are updated daily so be sure to check them often.
Sports Illustrated Sportsbook Ontario: Market Depth And Variety Grade (4.0/5.0)
Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is an excellent provider for sports bettors who enjoy a wide variety of sports on which to bet. Not only does SI Sportsbook cover the four major North American sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) they also include an extensive library of secondary sports markets.
SI Sportsbook has betting markets available on the following sports:
- Aussie Rules
- Motor racing
- Table tennis
What’s more, each sport includes betting markets on numerous popular leagues from around the globe. Soccer, for example, provides bettors with markets from over 25 countries worldwide! Extensive libraries of popular leagues are also available for basketball, hockey, tennis, and more. This isn’t the largest number of sports betting options available in Ontario, but the depth of offerings has already expanded since Sports Illustrated’s initial sportsbook launch in Colorado and Virginia a few months ago.
Look for Sports Illustrated to continue increasing its betting markets to establish itself as an industry-leading sportsbook in Ontario. And while the sports currently available to bettors is sure to impress, the variety of betting options available is equally impressive. Moneyline, spreads, totals, props, and a ton of other options are widely available across all sports betting markets at SI Sportsbook.
Another neat feature of Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is the Bet Builder function. Players can combine a number of same-game wagers into one bet using this SI feature. The more bets you place, the higher the multiple you’ll receive on a winning ticket.
For example, a bettor can place a same-game parlay on Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Their bet could include the Warriors +4.5, Steph Curry OVER 2.5 Three Pointers, and Al Horford UNDER 8.5 rebounds on the same ticket for a payout of +375. It’s a highly entertaining feature that allows bettors to create their own interesting same-game parlays.
SI Sports Betting Ontario: Deposit and Cashout Grade (4.0/5.0)
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook makes it incredibly easy for players to deposit and withdraw funds from their sports betting accounts. As of writing, the SI Sportsbook in Colorado and Virginia currently accepts a number of different methods for players to make real money deposits to their accounts.
- Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover)
- Bank Transfer (ACH and/or Instant Bank Transfer)
- Play +
Players hoping to make a withdrawal can use the following options:
- Visa Debit Card
- Bank Transfer (ACH only)
And while this isn’t the most extensive list we’ve seen, it does provide players with a number of reliable options for making their real money deposits. We should note, however, that these deposit and withdrawal methods are what is currently available to US Players in Colorado and Virginia. It’s reasonable to assume Ontario residents will be able to use both Paypal and Credit Cards to make their real money deposits, but we cannot guarantee that. Be sure to check back once the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Casino goes live in Ontario. We’ll continue to update this review with the most up-to-date information.
SI Sports Betting Canada: App Grade (3.0/5.0)
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook App is a reliable mobile application available on both iOS and Android. All the same features of the SI website are available on the mobile app, with a wide variety of sports betting markets available to users. What’s our overall verdict? It’s just okay. From a functionality standpoint, the app is good, the interface is good, and the ease of use is good.
However, nothing leaps off the page as wildly impressive or seriously lacking. If you were to ask Siri, “What is a sportsbook?” she’d likely create for you a very basic interface where you can make wagers. No more, no less. This is particularly frustrating as the opening load screen offers so much promise.
A bright red “Sports Illustrated Sportsbook” logo blazes across a compilation of classic Sports Illustrated Magazine covers. You see Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, and Simone Biles, and your blood races a bit. Once the sportsbook eventually loads, you’re presented with a white and grey interface that’s been designed in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet by the company intern.
The whole experience is quite dull, and the extremely slender font choice had us squinting more often than necessary. And those loading times are problematic. We didn’t experience any technical issues beyond our own impatience, but the app is noticeably slow. Users looking to place wagers well ahead of game time need not worry, but bettors looking to make in-game wagers? You may want to rethink that strategy. A few seconds makes all the difference in the world for live bettors.
Where some sportsbooks have gone off the rails with bright colors and extensive flashiness, the SI Sportsbook App has gone too far in the opposite direction. That bland white and grey color scheme lulls you to sleep and makes navigating the markets a little tricky. The extremely slender font is also a strange choice. Text is small enough on a mobile phone, and SI has chosen one of the world’s skinniest fonts as its base.
However, one nice touch is the incorporation of sports logos on certain betting slips. Each Major League Baseball line featured the team’s logo next to their team name which was pretty cool. We’re not sure whether Sports Illustrated has a licensing agreement with MLB but it was certainly an interesting feature. Unfortunately, that’s really the only bright spot in what is otherwise a largely forgettable interface. Again, the app is just good.
Sports Illustrated Sportsbook in Canada: Overall Grade (3.75/5.0)
In general, most sports bettors will be happy to have the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook as one of their go-to sportsbooks. While by no means a one-stop shop for this most seasoned of sports bettors, the SI Sportsbook includes a good variety of betting options to suit most players. We recommend players looking to get serious about sports betting open accounts at multiple sportsbooks. We don’t offer this advice to be reckless!
Simply divide the amount of money you feel comfortable using for sports betting across a number of providers. We suggest this for two important reasons.
Instead of investing their entire sports betting bankroll into one sportsbook, players can divide their money across several online providers to take advantage of multiple introductory offers.
Players who dedicate their entire bankroll to one sportsbook will be handcuffed to that bookmaker’s point spread. Opening accounts at multiple providers will allow you the freedom to shop around for the best betting spread available. And while you may LOVE the New York Giants at +6.5, there’s no reason to make that bet if you can get them at +7.5 somewhere else!
As we mentioned above, sportsbooks adjust their spreads based on the lopsided action of their players. Take advantage of these opportunities and hunt for the point spread that’s best for your wagers.
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Sports Illustrated Casino Ontario: Slot Depth and Variety
The Sports Illustrated Casino has yet to go live, so be sure to check back in the coming months as we update this review.
SI Casino Ontario: Deposit and Cashout Grade
The Sports Illustrated Casino has yet to go live. Based on the information we know so far, a fully integrated casino experience with their existing interface is most likely. That means, all the deposit and withdrawal options we outlined above should apply to casino players as well. Be sure to check back in the coming months as more details become available for the Sports Illustrated Casino launch in Ontario.
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How to Register for a SI Sportsbook Ontario Account
First-time users wishing to open an account at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Casino will find the process fairly straightforward. As with any online account, you’ll be required to provide a few personal details to get started. Be prepared with your name, email address, and phone number, along with a few other basic details. Ontario residents will also be required to comply with a geolocation check, so make sure you are physically located within the province of Ontario before opening your account.
Is the Sports Illustrated Betting App in Ontario Legit?
In short, yes. Sports Illustrated magazine has been in operation since 1954 and is one of the most recognizable brands in sports entertainment. Once their sportsbook and casino go live in Ontario, residents can rest assured knowing their funds are safe.
Why SI Sportsbook is More Reliable than Unregulated Sites
In order to qualify for an operating license in Ontario, Sports Illustrated must adhere to strict standards and protocols as outlined by both governing bodies in the province of Ontario. The AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) and iGaming Ontario are the two entities that oversee the entire scope of online gaming in Ontario. In the event of any disputes, players will have legal recourse. Users can rest easy knowing they can contact either of these bodies to help resolve any issues that might arise. No such luck with sportsbooks that operate in unregulated jurisdictions.
Sports Illustrated Ontario Fact Sheet
|Legal Betting Minimum Age||18 or 19 (Depending On Provincial Law)|
|Provinces Where It Is Legal||Ontario (Launch Date TBD|
SI Sportsbook Ontario FAQ
There are a lot of sports. The four most popular sports are football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. Plenty of secondary markets are also available, such as soccer, tennis, boxing, golf, and more.
Yes, Sports Illustrated’s online sports betting and casino action are all legal in Ontario. They received licensure from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and have a commercial agreement with iGaming Ontario (iGO).
Yes. Sports Illustrated offers in-play betting in most markets.
Yes. The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook that currently operates in Colorado and Virginia accepts Paypal. While it’s unclear whether Ontario residents will have the same option, there will be plenty of deposit and withdrawal methods from which to choose.
You have to be at least 19 years of age to open an account at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Casino in Ontario.
At this time, the Sports Illustrated Casino has not opened. Please check back later for further information about their casino offerings.
It remains unclear what methods of payment the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Casino will accept. While credit cards are widely accepted, some users might experience difficulties as major banks place restrictions on online gaming sites.