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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
The DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino are currently available in Ontario, to those aged 19 or over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the iOS or Google app store, search “DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino”. After a quick installation process you’ll be on your way.
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.
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.
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.
DraftKings does not take any cut from winning bets, the winnings are all yours. DraftKings earns money from losing wagers only.
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.
DraftKings does not accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.