Starting as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) site, DraftKings was quick to enter the US market as a sportsbook once individual states were able to legalize sports betting in 2018. Canadians, particularly those in Ontario, can now get the same treatment, as the company’s AGCO approval has led to their shift to more traditional, regulated means of operation. Find out what that means for you below!

  • Plenty of markets on North American sports
  • Low deposit requirements
  • Fast payouts
  • DFS no longer available in Ontario
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DraftKings Canada Sports Betting

DraftKings Canada Sports Betting

Initially launching as a daily fantasy sports site in 2012 – and as the main competitor to FanDuel – DraftKings has evolved over the last decade into one of the more well-known sportsbooks in the United States. In 2017 DraftKings and FanDuel attempted to merge – but were blocked by the Federal Trade Commission.

Since the failed merger, DraftKings has been very focused on the sports betting market in the United States. After amendments to laws allowed states to enact their own on sports betting, DraftKings has been a fast player in the industry. DraftKings was the first mobile sportsbook to operate in New Jersey (the first state to legalize sports betting outside of Nevada) and since then, they have expanded throughout the US.

With Canada outlining it’s path to allow regulated sports betting, and Ontario being the first to extend it beyond a public level, DraftKings was quick to pounce on the opportunity to get licenced in the country’s biggest province. As of May 2022, Draft Kings Canada’s sportsbook and casino are open to Canadians based in Ontario for regulated, legal use. Their next goal: cementing themselves as one of the best online sportsbooks currently available in Canada.

Signing Up For DraftKings Sportsbook

Sign up is a simple process but as with all legal books in Ontario, be prepared to provide validation documents to fully activate your account.

Fill in your account details and choose a secure password that you won’t easily forget. Draft Kings Canada requires that your chosen password include at least one Uppercase letter, at least one Number and at least one Special Character.

After completing the prerequisite sign up process your account will be set up but not verified. You will be able to sign into your account but not make any deposits or bets until properly verified.

To fully activate your account provide images documents verifying your identity and permanent address within Ontario. Once these are submitted you should receive email confirmation that your account is ready to use in short order.

DraftKings Sportsbook Ontario Look and Feel

DraftKings boasts a clean and stark design which provides all relevant information in an accessible, easy to read format. 

White and Green text pops off the all black background and gives the interface a professional, curated feel.

What separates DraftKings from its peers is the social feed. A way to invite users into a more involved betting experience. Groups can be formed and the bets of those friends and personalities that users agree to follow will be on display. Choose to go with the flow of your preferred group or betting personality or choose to go your own way. Whatever you decide, taking part in the action with an added social dynamic makes engaging with DraftKings  Ontario a worthwhile endeavour.

Official Sports Betting and iGaming partner of the NHL

In October 2021 Draftkings Sportsbook became the National Hockey League’s official partner for all things Sports Betting. 

The deal affords Draft Kings the rights to use NHL logos and branding as well as offering bettors access to exclusive NHL sweepstakes and promotions throughout the regular season and the stanley cup playoffs. 

In addition, a third member of this arrangement; Turner Sports, will feature DraftKings sports betting updates on their broadcast networks (like TNT) and on Turner websites like Bleacher Report.

All in all this gives Draft Kings Canada customers a unique opportunity to get closer to our country’s favourite pastime and gives DraftKings itself a powerful means of attraction.

NFT-ease

The most intriguing offering connected to the DraftKings sportsbook suite has to be their foray into the world of NFTs. 

Whatever you may think of spending real money on very unreal items, it’s hard to argue that the closest thing to a legitimate use case for digital collectibles isn’t digital sports cards. 

Virtual sports cards and collectibles have carved out a considerable sector of the NFT space and DraftKings has taken notice. Their NFT marketplace boasts collections that span a wide range of sports and athletes. Ranging from digital art recreations of Tiger Woods’ best “fist pump” moments to impressive deconstructions of Tony Hawk’s various skateboards and everything in between.

All that is fine and dandy but does little to distinguish DraftKings from the bigger more established sports NFT products. That is where DraftKings Reignmakers comes in.

Reignmakers draws on DraftKings’ daily fantasy roots to bring customers a fantasy game using collectible NFTs.

Collect real world stars of the NFL and UFC and use the cards in your collection to form the best possible fantasy squad. When your card’s real world counterpart racks up the points, so will your Reignmakers team.

Now for the bad news; Reignmakers is not available to Canadian customers.

Major bummer.

So why even cover this you might ask? Why pull the rug out after describing a fun and unique way to bet on sports? Because Canadians aren’t completely in the dark on this one.

You see Canadian bettors may not be able to participate in Reignmakers daily fantasy contests, or even buy Reignmakers packs to open themselves. They can however, buy and sell Reignmakers cards (as well as any other NFT DraftKings offers) on the peer to peer marketplace.

So in the end Reignmakers is not a total blackout for us in Canada, Keen football or UFC fans can keep a close eye on the market place and try to maximise value on undervalued cards. Do you think a rookie wideout’s card is going for way less than it should ahead of a key matchup? Do you think a fighter has flown under the radar before their next bout? The DraftKings NFT marketplace offers Canadians a unique opportunity to wager on sports albeit in a diminished capacity.

DraftKings Dynasty Rewards Program

Every bet on DraftKings Sportsbook Ontario will earn you a certain number of “Crowns”, a currency unique to the platform.

These crowns can be accumulated over time and exchanged for casino and sportsbook credits at the low end all the way to luxury travel packages at the very highest.

The accumulation of crowns will also permit users to attain higher and higher membership tiers within the rewards program. The five stages of membership, starting at Bronze and ending at Onyx provide members with exclusive rewards and Crown earning opportunities.

Draft Kings Ontario’s promotions and contests vary throughout the year, including daily rewards. Promos and contests at DraftKings will not require a specific DraftKings promo code.

3.5/5

DraftKings website is designed relatively well, but for new sports bettors, the site can feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, the site provides plenty of information to help bettors learn about online sports betting. The site’s colour palette is fitting – with the black and green providing a recognizable and modern-looking backdrop.

The major benefit of using DraftKings’ web offering is the betting slip staying with you as you navigate the site. Utilising the space afforded by the browser over the mobile display, having your entire slip visible while moving through sports and individual games/categories makes for an intuitive experience.

4/5

Live betting at DraftKings offers a comparative experience to other Sportbooks in Canada. The desktop and mobile site highlight the biggest live games on the homepage. To find more options, clicking the Live In-Game link directors you to everything available for live betting.

4/5

DraftKings definitely scores high when it comes to customer service. Problems and questions are easy to resolve and answer with DraftKings live chat feature. DraftKings often responds to requests in less than a minute.

4.25/5

North American sports shine the brightest at DraftKings – but the site has expanded their section to include a much more comprehensive range of markets from Australian rules football to cricket. But an American looking to bet on an American team or sport will find the selection is strong – and with daily betting specials, it is easy to find some great action every day.

The overall odds at DraftKings are comparable to other Canadian sportsbooks.

3.5/5

The deposit and withdrawal options at DraftKings will not blow anyone away and is somewhat overcomplicated by individual rules in specific jurisdictions. DraftKings states it accepts all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. They also accept credit card gift cards and PayPal. They pay out winnings through the same methods. Also, it is important to know that DraftKings will only accept payment methods registered in your name.

3/5

Canadians betting on mobile devices are a big fan of DraftKings – and it is easy to see why. The DraftKings mobile site functions excellent, and the layout is very pleasing and easy to navigate. It feels like a rare case where the scaled-down version of the site is actually superior to the desktop version. DraftKings also has iOS and Android Apps available.

DraftKings is in the upper tier of betting apps available to Canadian customers. Mirroring the website’s dark aesthetic, information pops off the screen in an easy to read and easy to understand layout. 

A feature rich app that’s a breeze to use earns DraftKings exemplary marks for mobile betting.

The iOS and Android versions both perform to the highest standards and maintain high review scores on their respective platforms. Fast payouts, constant updates and improvements and a sleek, streamlined experience make either version of the DraftKings Ontario App a winner.

4.5/5

The Bottom Line on DraftKings

Despite its beginning as a daily fantasy sports website – DraftKings has done a good job entering the Canadian sportsbook market. They understand the demands of Canadian bettors – and push their resources into these betting markets.

For those outside Ontario, we do not encourage using a VPN to create an account at DraftKings – it could result in a ban and winnings forfeited.

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DraftKings FAQs

Can I Use DraftKings in Canada?

Ontarians can now bet on DraftKings! Like their competitors in FanDuel, their role has almost reversed with their licensing – a sportsbook and Casino is now available, but Daily Fantasy Sports is not. Canadians outside of Ontario can still participate in DFS, but not the Sportsbook and Casino component.

Who Can Play at DraftKings?

The DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino are currently available in Ontario, to those aged 19 or over.

Where is DraftKings Located?

The DraftKings headquarters is located at 222 Berkeley St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. DraftKings also has an office in the United Kingdom and Malta.
It is a bit strange their main office is in a state that has yet to legalize sports betting.

Is DraftKings available in Canada?

DraftKings Sportsbook became available in the province of Ontario in May 2022. It remains to be seen when they’ll branch out into other provinces – that depends on how those governments roll out regulated single-event betting beyond their public operators.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal in Canada?

DraftKings is legally permitted to operate in Ontario only. Access through the so-called grey market does occur throughout the rest of Canada but we at Canada Sports Betting do not endorse it.
If you are located outside the province of Ontario there are legal sportsbook alternatives available.

Does DraftKings have a Mobile App?

Yes, the DraftKings Sportsbook app is available on both iOS and Android. With that said, since it’s focused on the Sportsbook and Casino aspects of the platform, it will only work in Ontario or non-Canadian regions where they are permitted to operate.

How do I download DraftKings?

On the iOS or Google app store, search “DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino”. After a quick installation process you’ll be on your way.

Can I use a VPN to access DraftKings?

We strongly recommend you do not use a VPN to access DraftKings. People trying to access DraftKings from regions other than Ontario risk having their account blacklisted and winnings forfeited.
There are plenty of great online sportsbooks you can access in Canada without needing a VPN. We suggest you try these options out if you are looking to bet on sports.

What Sports are Available for Betting at DraftKings?

Bettors will find a large selection of sports at DraftKings. NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, UFC, European soccer and golf are the biggest markets available on DraftKings. Bettors will also find odds on cricket, Australian leagues, car racing, and tennis.

Does DraftKings pay real money?

DraftKings is indeed a real money Sportsbook. Understand the risks involved with sports betting before making real money deposits and wagering on Draft Kings Canada.

How much money does DraftKings take from winnings?

DraftKings does not take any cut from winning bets, the winnings are all yours. DraftKings earns money from losing wagers only.

Do people win big on DraftKings?

As with any online sportsbook people do sometimes win big, but big losses are even more common. Luck is the ultimate decider when gambling so please gamble responsibly and within your means. Know your limits and stop when gambling isn’t something you enjoy anymore.

Does DraftKings Accept Bitcoin?

DraftKings does not accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.


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