WynnBET Sportsbook Ontario Launch Review
Sports betting enthusiasts in Ontario are still waiting for the legal sports betting market to allow several online sportsbooks past the proverbial door. One of those is the WynnBET online sportsbook, which is currently available in a handful of states and is poised to add Ontario to its list. WynnBET Ontario could go live by mid-February, or sooner, depending on the timing to solidify online gambling laws and regulations.
Until then, sports bettors need to be prepared. In this review, we'll go over WynnBET website and mobile app, and how WynnBET Sportsbook Ontario compares to other sportsbooks.
WynnBET Sportsbook Ontario Expected Launch
The launch of WynnBET Sportsbook Ontario could be as early as late January 2022, although a recent report by the Toronto Star suggests February is a more likely outcome (preferably before Super Bowl LVI, but that's to be determined). There are certain policies that each online sportsbook in Ontario's regulated markets must abide by, and it's taking longer than expected to hammer those policies out.
For now, legal online sports betting in Ontario is restricted to offerings through OLG, the Ontario Lottery, and Gaming Corporation.
Distinguished Features On The WynnBET Ontario Sportsbook
Every online sports betting operator has similarities and differences from one another. While it's important to compare the basic features, we also must check for the elements that set an online sportsbook apart. In this section, we look at some of those elements more closely.
Live Sports Streaming At WynnBET
There are no live streaming options available at WynnBET, which is the case for most online sportsbooks. Among the competitors that do offer live streaming, none carry options for the major sports leagues (i.e., NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL).
WynnBET Live Betting
Live-betting is part of the WynnBET experience, and they make it easy by positioning the "Live Now" tab in the upper left-hand corner of the screen on the website and mobile app. There is a number next to the tab to indicate how many live events are occurring at any particular time.
Early Bet Cash Outs
Cash outs are available on select wagers at WynnBET, which you can find by going to "My Bets" and hitting the "Cash Out" button. Wagers can only be cashed out from the same state/province they were placed in.
Are Same Game Parlays Allowed?
Yes, same-game parlays are allowed in certain betting markets. Click on an event in your WynnBET app and look for the "Build Your Own Bet (TM)" tab. If it appears, that's where you go to create a same-game parlay.
Frequency Of Odds Boost
Odds boosts may appear at random (so be sure to check your WynnBET mobile app frequently), but the consistent ones are available during Win Hour every Thursday afternoon.
WynnBET Hits And Misses
- Modern user interface design
- Integrated WynnBET casino games in the mobile app
- Far fewer sports to bet on versus typical online sportsbook
- The sports betting app ratings are worse than some competitors
What WynnBET Ontario Does Well
We just cited WynnBET's lack of sports to bet on as a "Con" for the online sportsbook, but it can be viewed as a strength, too. For new and experienced bettors who join WynnBET in Ontario, a simpler menu of options might be suitable. Additionally, offering odds boosts at the same time every week will likely lead to loyal, repeat customers.
How does WynnBET Compare?
Like the average person, most sports bettors are glued to their mobile devices, which is why mobile apps are so important to the user experience. We'll talk more about the WynnBET mobile app below, but just know that its rating on the App Store and Google Play falls below those of its competitors.
What to bet on with WynnBET Ontario
If you're looking for table tennis, snooker, or any of the other relatively obscure sports betting options, you'll need to go elsewhere. But WynnBET has all of the major sports leagues covered:
- Motor racing
Hockey, as the national winter sport of Canada, will likely be the most popular sport to bet on. Football features the most unique and wide-ranging props (and while the NFL will be popular, don't forget about the CFL). Domestic collegiate sports receive minimal fanfare, but NCAA markets should be wagered on consistently. As for pro basketball and baseball, sports betting activity is likely to be somewhat influenced by how well the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays are faring.
WynnBET Online Sports Betting Basics
Before you've placed your first bet with WynnBET Ontario's online sportsbook, you'll need to understand the basics about what your betting options are. Here's a quick explainer on the types of bets you'll see:
Moneylines -Predict the winner. That's it. This is the simplest form of sports betting.
Spread Bets - Predict the winner, but with a certain amount of points given or received on each side. A team that is favored by 6.5 points on the spread must win outright by seven or more to "cover" that spread.
Total Lines - Predict the total points scored in a game. You don't actually predict the number (that would be insanely difficult), but rather whether the total points will go over or under a predetermined amount (e.g. over/under 190.5 points in an NBA game).
Parlay Bets - A collection of individual bets grouped together, which carries greater risk and reward. You could parlay six moneyline picks from a given NFL week, for example.
Futures Bets - Predictions that play out in the future, possibly weeks or months down the road. Futures often relate to player awards or team championships.
Prop Bets - Predictions that don't necessarily relate to a game's outcome, such as an any time goal-scorer or the over/under on a player's total hits in a baseball game.
Maybe you're a novice sports bettor who loves the Toronto Maple Leafs. You could start with moneyline bets to get a feel for how things work, and then move on to props and parlays (e.g. Auston Matthews any time goal-scorer, Maple Leafs -1.5 goals against the Ottawa Senators, and the under on 5.5 goals scored in the game). Depending on the season, you might have an opportunity to parlay CFL picks on the Toronto Argonauts or Hamilton Tiger-Cats in with your favorite NHL team, the Raptors or the Blue Jays.
With exception to WynnBET's weekly odds boost offerings, you'll find this online sportsbook to have competitive odds that compare to all the others. Yes, some games may feature a spread or moneyline with odds that vary slightly from one online sportsbook to the next, but the odds and payouts at WynnBET are standard fare.
The Origins of WynnBET Sportsbook Ontario
WynnBET's parent company, Wynn Interactive, acquired UK-based BetBull in 2020, which began a surge of expansion for WynnBET in the United States. After launching its first online casino and sportsbook in New Jersey, the company has since entered the betting markets of Colorado, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Arizona.
There is still no sports betting service in Ontario for WynnBET, but that will likely be coming quite soon. Legal sports betting has been in the province as a parlay-only format since 1985, but new legislation passed in the summer of 2021 has legalized single-game wagering.
What To Expect When Registering For A WynnBET Sportsbook Account
Ontarians cannot register for a WynnBET account just yet, but we promise it'll be a straightforward process when the time comes. Here's exactly what you'll do:
- Download the WynnBET app at either the App Store or Google Play (not available in Canada yet), or register through the WynnBET website
- Provide a username, password and email address
- On the next screen, provide your full name, birthdate, phone number, and final four digits of your Social Insurance Number
- On the next screen, enter your home address
- Review and agree to WynnBET's terms and conditions
- Start winning!
WynnBET Sportsbook Payment Options
The online banking options aren't complicated, but they also aren't as extensive as some other sportsbooks. Here are your deposit options with WynnBET Sportsbook:
- Credit/debit cards (Visa or MasterCard only)
- Online banking transfer via VIP Preferred (not for Android devices)
- WynnBET Sportsbook Prepaid Play+ Card
Initiate a withdrawal through your WynnBET app, where you'll find instructions to submit your request. Withdrawal options include:
- Online banking transfer via VIP Preferred (not for Android devices)
- WynnBET Sportsbook Prepaid Play+ Card
WynnBET Ontario Daily Fantasy Sports Contests
There are no daily fantasy sports contests available with WynnBET at its U.S. sportsbooks, and therefore we cannot anticipate any popping up in Ontario in the near future.
As is the case with its selection of sports to bet on, the Wynn app and website are straightforward in the way they're designed. The presentation is awfully color-heavy, with a chocolate brown panel up top and a dark navy background throughout. But it's not difficult to find where you're going.
One confusing element of the website is its repetitiveness in menu options: Sportsbook and Live Now all appear twice near the top of the screen. We do enjoy the betslip feature on the right side, were straight bets and parlays are tallied in real time as WynnBET users click through. We found no issues with lag on the website.
WynnBET Sportsbook App
Mobile apps are often judged by their ratings on Apple and Android devices, and in that sense, this betting app has room to improve. Each state has its own betting app, so we cannot provide a definitive rating from the App Store, but the consensus was in a range of 3-3.9 stars out of 5. In some instances at Google Play, that rating was even lower. The betting app runs just fine and will allow you to place bets as easily as the website does.
Customer Support Methods
The best customer support method at WynnBET is the live chat because it's available 24/7 (with an average response time of five minutes). Customers can also contact the WynnBET team by phone, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET each day, or via email (there are unique email addresses for each state with WynnBET operations). Some of the most common problems can be answered without customer support, as there is a page that addresses all sorts of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
For each state WynnBET operates in, its online sportsbook is licensed and regulated by the applicable gaming commission (e.g., in New Jersey, that commission the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The regulations help ensure that customer transactions are safe and secure.
With that said, the onus largely falls on the consumer to protect his/her WynnBET account. Passwords should be reasonably complex, and they are not to be shared with others. If your account is used by another person, and that person violates WynnBET's terms of service in some way, the account may be terminated.
Measures To Betting Responsibly
WynnBET is dedicated to promoting responsible gaming, which is why they have a section with that title on their website. On that page, WynnBET offers information such as risk factors of gambling, gambling hotlines and suggestions for how to set limitations for sports bets on your WynnBET account.
Sportsbook Taxes On WynnBET
WynnBET has not specifically outlined how taxation works when customers place bets in Ontario. But we can use an excerpt from their U.S. policy as a guide: "Any bet which results in proceeds of $1,200.00 or more from online slot games must be reported by us to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)."
WynnBET Retail Sportsbook
For now, WynnBET doesn't have any retail sportsbook locations in the U.S. or elsewhere. That may change, but in Ontario they'll be focused on their online sportsbook launch first.
How WynnBET Compares to Ontario Sportsbooks
WynnBET might have some catching up to do in Ontario, given that other brands exist in the market in some form already. Brand familiarity and recognition are important to consumers, and we've outlined three of WynnBET's primary competitors here:
WynnBET vs. FanDuel Ontario
Given that Ontario sports bettors can legally use FanDuel's daily fantasy sports platform, FanDuel could encourage customers to make the logical transition to its online sportsbook, too.
WynnBET vs. DraftKings Ontario
Like FanDuel, DraftKings' strong presence as a DFS operator makes it a threat to WynnBET's market share. Customers who've accrued rewards through the DFS side of DraftKings may want to continue their gaming when the online sportsbook launches.
WynnBET vs. Bet365 Ontario
For years, while Ontarians have waited for regionally-regulated online sportsbooks, overseas outfits such as Bet365 have taken a bite of the betting markets. The brand familiarity of Bet365 could pose as a challenge for WynnBET.
The RealGM Verdict On The Ontario WynnBET Sportsbook
A simple menu of sports offerings and live betting functionality, we believe WynnBET will make sense for a lot of bettors in the Ontario market. The criticisms of how the online sportsbook presents itself on a mobile device are limited in quantity, and they shouldn't deter prospective WynnBET users from online play.
What's more important is that WynnBET Ontario will offer all the major sports that bettors crave.
FAQs about WynnBET Ontario
Is WynnBET Ontario legal?
Not yet. None of the online sportsbooks set to enter the Ontario market have been able to do so, but the hope is that WynnBET will be live by some time in February.
Does WynnBET Ontario have an online casino?
The plan in Ontario is for online casinos to be legal and regulated. Given WynnBET's online casino offerings in the U.S., they'd likely want in on that market. For now, Ontario customers must go to a retail sportsbook to play casino games.
Can I live bet at WynnBET Ontario?
When WynnBET Ontario launches, you will be able to place live bets.