Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province that is made up of one main island by the same name as well as a number of smaller islands.
It is one of the three Maritime Provinces and is the smallest one in the nation, both in population and area. It only houses around 143,000 residents. Charlottetown is the capital of the province.
Despite its size, Prince Edward Island has a gambling offering that can rival some of the other provinces in the region.
There are several forms of gambling that are legal in the province, including sports lotteries, casino games, bingo, horse racing, and poker. The Atlantic Lottery Corporation has been in charge of the sports betting lottery operations in each of the Maritime Provinces since 1976 after the Lotteries Commission Act was passed.
There are two main locations on Prince Edward Island that offer land-based gambling options. One of these racino called Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, which is located at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
There are more than 210 video slots on offer, as well as regular horse racing, four different table games, and six poker tables.
The other establishment, Red Shores Summerside facility, is located in Summerside, the second biggest town in the province, and offers 40 gaming machines as well as simulcasting and horse race wagering.
The Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission is in charge of regulating video slots terminals, with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation overseeing their operations. In 2008, a new gambling strategy was enacted by the Prince Edward Island government, cutting the number of video lottery terminals in half.
There is a small selection of online gambling offered through the province’s partnership with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which also services Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The platform features online lotteries, interactive games, and bingo. There are no casino games available. In 2010, the provincial government declined to expand and create its own online gambling sector.
The sports betting offering in Prince Edward Island is operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Bets can be placed at the numerous licensed retailers across the province, such as gas stations and convenience stores. You need to be at least 19 years old to place sports bets. You are also not allowed to bet on single matches; every bet needs to be on a parlay bet, as per federal law.
The odds provided by the Corporation are not competitive compared to what offshore sportsbooks have to offer. The house edge is also high at around 30%.
There are several markets available through this sports betting offering.
Proline Futures allow you to predict who will win a competition at the end of the season, such as the Super Bowl. You can place bets of at least $2 and as much as $100.
The standard Pro Line is a parlay bet with two to eight selections. The maximum bet you can place on this market is $25. The sports that you can bet on include pro and college basketball, pro and college football, as well as baseball, hockey, and soccer. You need to correctly predict every single outcome to win money.
The Pro Line Fantasy option is a parlay bet involving five prop bets for specific teams or players. For example, you can predict which player will receive the most sacks in a football game.
The Stadium Bet is a parlay with up to eight selections and three different styles – points totals, point spreads, and money lines. You can wager between $2 and $250.
Finally, the Pro Line Stadium Picks is a bet where a portion of each entry goes into a prize pool. Whoever correctly predicts the most selections wins all the money. If there is a tie, the pool is divided accordingly.
You can legally place these bets through the online platform. However, many residents use offshore sports betting online platforms as they offer better selections and odds.
Horse racing is popular in Prince Edward Island, and there are a couple of racetracks currently in operation – the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino and the Summerside Raceway. Simulcasts and on-track betting are available.
The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency is in charge of supervising and regulating horse race pari-mutuel betting throughout the country. This is the only federal authority that regulates provincial-level gambling ventures.
There is currently no way of legally playing online poker in Prince Edward Island – although illegal, offshore online poker sites are the only option. The Red Shores Racetrack and Casino hosts six poker tables, and the Summerside Racetrack offers some live games.
The lottery in Province Edward Island is regulated by the Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission alongside the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. This includes both ticket lotteries and video lottery terminals.
You are only allowed to apply for a lottery license if you are a charity or non-profit group. There is a $25 fee on lottery winnings garnered by the state.
In 2013, the Lotteries Commission was involved in a controversy – no annual report had been filed since 2010, and the commission’s 2012 financial statements were filed two months late.
You can play ticket and instant lottery games through the Atlantic Lottery Corporation’s online platform.
Since 2010, the Consumer, Labor and Financial Services Division within the Environment, Labor and Justice Department has looked after the licensing and regulation of charitable gaming in Prince Edward Island. Bingo is a common form of charitable gaming.
There are several bingo halls currently in operation in the province, including:
Despite being the smallest province in Canada in size and population, Prince Edward Island offers its residents decent gambling options.
The province is home to one casino with more than 210 gaming machines, several table games, and poker tables. Horse racing is also held at two locations.
There is a selection of games you can play through the online platform operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. The province also runs a lottery and has a decent sports betting offering.