SpSports Select FAQ
Yes! PRO-LINE is readily available in the state of Alberta, with thousands of players in the province using this unique sports betting market. While it’s available in the province, it is also available all over the country.
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation is responsible for the day to day operations of Sports Select.
The WCLC was created in 1974 by provincial and territorial governments, including Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
Similar to Proline, a sports betting service offered in Ontario, Sport Select generates revenue for the governments that own the service.
Sport Select provides parley betting options for moneylines, requiring a ticket of at least three games to place a bet.
In addition to straight-up lines, Sport Select has a limited choice of over/unders, point spreads, pools and prop bets. Most major professional sports leagues are available to play, including the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB.
Sport Select is available in convenience stores, gas stations and other in-store locations with lottery machines, where you submit your ticket in person.
Yes! Sports bettors can now make single-bet sports bets online!
Bitcoin is not accepted by Sport Select in Alberta for wagering purposes.
This service only processes wagers in Canadian currency, including cash, debit cards and credit cards.
However, there are some convenience stores and other small businesses which don’t accept debit cards or credit cards for payment. At these locations, the only option for wagering will be cash.
Alberta Sport Select and Paypal do not have an online payment agreement, similar to bitcoin technology.
As the sports betting landscape changes in North America, payment technology accepted by provincial gaming commissions may catch up to the options provided by traditional sportsbooks.
Until then, Albertans who wish to access Sport Select will be limited to paying in person at a WCLC terminal location.
Sport Select lines are listed in European odds format instead of American odds, using decimals to express the likelihood of the outcome that the player bets on. How odds work differs between these two popular methods of displaying betting lines.
Sport Select odds will list an outcome with odds of 3.20, and you multiply your wager by that number to calculate the payout for winning that bet.
Since you’re playing a parlay bet, you will have to multiply the odds for each individual wager in order to determine the payout for your wager. As such, the lower the decimal, the smaller the payout.
For American style odds, each result features a plus or minus sign.
A team with -125 odds will be considered the favourite over the team with +200 odds. The minus odd indicates that you’ll need to bet $100 to win $125, while the +200 odds show that you’ll earn $200 if you wager $100 and win.
Comparing Alberta Sport Select odds is relatively simple, although there’s the twist of having to play a parley wager when considering risk versus reward.
Essentially, the lowest decimal, for example, 1.05, indicates a smaller payout, while a higher decimal, such as 3.40, shows a larger payout.
Since you must place a parlay bet, you’ll need to multiply the three decimals to determine the payoff. Certainly, this increases the potential payout, but the risk of your wager is also multiplied because all three outcomes need to win in order for your wager to be successful.
This complicates the comparison of odds in terms of selecting the best bets to play.
When comparing the odds of two teams, the club with a lower decimal like 1.05 will be the favourite over a competitor with decimal odds of 3.40.
The bigger the difference between the two decimals, the bigger the perceived mismatch between the two teams.
When a wager involves three potential results, the outcome with the decimals odd in between the biggest and smallest decimal will be neither the outright favourite or nor the underdog of the match.
Therefore, this third choice will feature a payout and level of risk somewhere between the most expensive and least expensive options.
Straight up bets, referred to as Pro Line bets by Sport Select, are the most popular type of bet on the wagering service. Every game offered by Sport Select will feature a straight-up wager, but the same competition might not have an over/under or a point spread.
It’s important to note that technically since Sport Select requires a parley on three or more games, every wager placed on the service would normally be called a parley, accumulator or multiplier by sportsbooks.
Online sportsbooks must compete with each other, providing the best lines and promotions possible to maintain their current customer base while growing through new memberships.
As a result, online sportsbooks provide better value than wagering with Sport Select, which doesn’t have a direct competitor in Alberta. The variety of bets available through online sportsbooks is exponentially greater, while Sport Select features a limited range of options.
Since players must bet on three or more games, Sport Select can’t offer a full range of betting services. The inability to facilitate single-game wagers is a disadvantage to sports betting fans because parleys are far more difficult and unpredictable than betting on a single game.
Online sportsbooks allow players to access wagering services on mobile, tablets and desktops, wherever an internet connection is available. Sports Select doesn’t have any online betting functionality, which is a customer inconvenience in the digital age.