British Columbia is the second biggest sports market in Canada, and the demand for sports betting is increasing province wide, especially with the growing popularity of the Seattle Seahawks among Canadians. The sports lottery in BC is known as ‘Sports Action’ and operates in a similar manner as Pro-line. However, the BC Lottery Corporation has launched Playnow.com, which is their answer to online betting sites.
Where to Bet on Sports in BC
PlayNow.com is open to BC residents and it operates in a similar way to the online sites where you make an account and login to bet. The odds are much better than the old lottery ‘Sports Action’ (not to be confused with Sports INTERaction), but you are still required to parlay a minimum of two games.
‘Sports Action’ is the old lottery that was run by the BCLC in a similar fashion as ‘Sports Select‘ in other provinces. You must pick a minium of three games and they includes ties for hockey. The odds are also not comparable with PlayNow or the online sites we recommend.
River Rock Casino
The River Rock Casino is the largest casino in BC and is great for poker, it does not offer sports betting. This is because the River Rock has no affiliation with the BCLC and is run by the ‘Great Canadian Gaming Corporation’, so there are sure to be conflicts of interest there.
BC Sports Teams
The Vancouver Canucks are the most popular sports team in BC, but the province is also big on football because the Lions are perennial Grey Cup contender and a staple of the CFL, while the Seahawks are wildly popular and considered to be Canada’s west coast NFL team.
- Vancouver Canucks
- BC Lions
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- Seattle Seahawks