Since Loto-Quebec launched its online version of their popular Mise-O-Jeu sports wagering lottery critics have seen it as one of the best provincial online sports betting sites. Offering action on major sports including NHL, MLB, soccer, tennis, fighting and – unlike BC’s PlayNow.com and Ontario’s Proline – NBA. Many more bettors though, still prefer the better value offered by popular online betting alternatives.
Alternatives to Mise-O-Jeu online betting in Quebec
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Comparing Mise-O-Jeu Sports Betting to Offshore Online Sportsbooks
While Loto-Quebec’s Mise-O-Jeu website looks similar to some offshore online sportsbooks, the number of differences far outweighs the similarities. While Mise-O-Jeu is an impressive endeavor by Loto-Quebec, make no mistake about it, their goal is to make money and sports gaming is just one branch of the multi-billion dollar Loto-Quebec fund-generating tree.
As such, the odds are stacked against the player. Each play at Mise-O-Jeu requires a minimum of 2 predictions and a maximum of 8. Within this limitation, only a certain combination of predictions can be combined. For example, certain player props for a game cannot be combined with result props for that same game. Online sportsbooks profit by taking a percentage (“vig” or “juice”) off the top of all action accumulated for a bet. Their aim is to spread the action evenly across both sides, with this juice being how they make a living. With Mise-O-Jeu, Loto-Quebec makes its money by forcing customers to make these “de facto” parlays. By combining events, the difficulty goes way up and without elevated pay-out lines, they usually come out on top.
With no true competition, Mise-O-Jeu does not need to worry about many of the things that come standard at offshore online sportsbooks. Mise-O-Jeu offers customer service during standard business hours (well standard for government employees – 9-4), while it’s rare to find an offshore book that doesn’t have 24/7 customer service via email, toll-free phone and maybe even a live chat.
One of the biggest differences between offshore sportsbooks is the competition that arises over bigger and better sigh-up and reload deposit bonuses, with some books even going as high as a 100% sign-up bonus. Mise-O-Jeu does not offer any bonuses, so what you deposit is what you play with.
How bad are the betting odds at Mise-O-Jeu?
We wanted to like Mise-O-Jeu, we promise. But despite a lack of promotions and bonuses, minimal customer service and a lack of betting options, where Loto-Quebec’s sports lottery service truly fails is in its betting odds. Despite the previously mentioned fact that the standard juice for Mise-O-Jeu is much higher than that of the offshore sportsbook competition, usually -143 (Mise-O-Jeu) to -110 (offshore standard), by not allowing single straight bets, this juice is multiplied even higher.
Let’s take an example from a recent night of NBA basketball. Choosing a three event “prediction” with Mise-O-Jeu (odds in Decimal): 1.70, 1.70 and 1.70 by risking $10 you would get a payout of $49.15 with a win (we’re ignoring the effect of applicable taxes for this example).
Compare that to a leading offshore online sportsbook where the same choices give you odds of (American) -110, -110 and -110. By risking $10 you could earn a potential payout of $69.58. That’s more than $20 more – plus there’s no tax!
Don’t be fooled by Mise-O-Jeu’s sleek new design or user-friendly interface. Leading offshore online sportsbooks offer more betting options, better service, free bonuses and better odds.