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Prince Edward Island

The province of Prince Edward Island offers sports betting and gaming enthusiasts the opportunity to play paper-based lotteries and sports betting games, and at VLTs located in privately-owned liquor-licensed establishments across the province. The province also operates one land-based casino, based in the city of Charlottetown.

Charitable gaming activities available in Prince Edward Island include bingo, ticket lotteries, and carnival-style games of chance. In addition to these provincially-operated and regulated gaming options, Prince Edward Island players are also taking advantage of the growing number of offshore-based online sportbooks, poker rooms and casinos.

Gaming Laws in Prince Edward Island

Oversight and regulation of gaming and sports betting activities in Prince Edward Island is the responsibility of the PEI Lotteries Commission, which was formed in 1976 and operates under the office of the province's Deputy Provincial Treasurer.
 
The PEI Lotteries Commission is also a shareholder in Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) which operates ticket and video lotteries in Canada's four maritime provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation operates video lottery terminals (VLTs) on behalf of the province of Prince Edward Island, at licensed establishments across the province.

Atlantic Lottery Corporation

Founded in 1976, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC), also known as Loto Atlantique,  was established to operate all lottery games in Canada's four maritime provinces. Jointly owned by the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, ALC is headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick and employs over 600 people across Atlantic Canada.

The ALC is a member organization of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, which operates lottery games across Canada. Acting on behalf of the province of Prince Edward Island, the ALC works in conjunction with the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation to offer popular lottery games, including Lotto 649 and Lotto Max, and paper-based and online sports betting games, including PRO-LINE and the ProLineStadium.com sports betting portal.

Sports Betting in Prince Edward Island

ALC currently operates paper-based and online sports betting games in the province of Prince Edward Island under the following brand names: PRO-LINE, PRO-LINE Fantasy, PRO-LINE Futures and Stadium-Bets. Online sports betting games are available for play via ALC's ProLineStadium.com web-based portal.

PRO-LINE

PRO-LINE is an odds-based sports betting game that allows players to predict outcomes on two- to eight-event parlays. Wager formats available to parlay on a PRO-LINE bet include moneyline, point spreads, and point totals. All selections must be correct for the parlay to be declared a winner. The minimum wager is $2, while the maximum wager on a PRO-LINE ticket is $25.

Sports available to wager on include professional and college football, professional and college basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey.

PRO-LINE Fantasy

PRO-LINE Fantasy is an odds-based sports betting game that allows players to parlay between two and five player/team props selections. The minimum wager is $2 and the maximum wager is $25.

PRO-LINE Futures

PRO-LINE Futures is an odds-based sports betting game that allows players to wager on a single selection from a games list. For example, a games list may provide the option to select a tournament, division or league champion from a list of all active participants. The minimum wager is $2 and the maximum wager is $100.

Stadium-Bets

Like PRO-LINE, Stadium-Bets is an odds-based sports betting game that allows players to predict outcomes on two- to eight-event parlays. Wager formats available to parlay on a Stadium-Bets wager include moneyline, point spreads, and point totals. However, Stadium-Bets wagering is only available online via ALC's ProLineStadium.com portal. The minimum wager is $2 and the maximum wager is $250.

No Single Team Sports Betting

Since single-team sports betting is illegal under Canada's criminal code, the ALC and PEI Lotteries Commission offer no single-team sports betting games. ALC's parlay offerings also offer significantly poorer odds compared to online sportsbook options operated off-shore, with the house edge on PRO-LINE wagers estimated at over 30%, compared with single digits for online sportsbooks.

Poker and Casino in Prince Edward Island

The PEI Lotteries Commission operates one land-based casino in the province of Prince Edward Island. The Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park offers slots, blackjack, and live and simulcast horse racing. Harness racing in PEI is regulated and supervised by the  Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission.

Poker rooms are also available at Red Shores, while charitable organizations can apply for licenses to hold fundraising events at licensed facilities.

The PEI Lotteries Commission also has 386 VLTs in operation at 85 liquor-licensed establishments across Prince Edward Island, however those numbers are expected to decline over the next few years.

Other Gaming Options in Prince Edward Island

While gaming operations are strictly controlled in the province of Prince Edward Island, gaming and sports betting fans still enjoy many alternatives to the limited options available from the PEI Lotteries Commission and ALC.

Online Sportsbooks

Online sportsbooks such as Bodog, Bet365 and 5Dimes have a growing customer base in Prince Edward Island. Established for many years, and known for their superior customer service and the availability of a wide variety of betting options with competitive odds, the online sportsbooks represent the biggest competition to Prince Edward Island's paper-based sports betting offerings.

In addition, since they operate offshore, online sportsbooks can offer single-game betting options and more sophisticated and competitive live betting options not available to sports betting fans playing PRO-LINE, as well as betting lines that change in real time and are in line with major land-based sportsbooks in Las Vegas.

Major online sportsbooks like Bodog and Bet365 also provide players with a complete online casino experience and online poker rooms, which are not available from ALC or PEI Lotteries Commission-licensed operators. In addition, comprehensive coverage of horse racing is offered through many online sportsbooks, with action available both at Canadian racetracks as well as major racetracks around the world.

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