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Learn to bet 

on sports






Learn to bet 
on sports


Want to learn more about Sports Betting?

PlaySmart is OLG’s source for how-to-play tips, odds of winning, strategies, and all sorts of sports betting information. On this page, you’ll find the basics that every sports bettor should know.

Key Sports Betting Facts

Featured Stories 

A Rookie’s Guide to Sports Bets

Have questions about betting on sports, but too afraid to ask? We break it down for beginners, from the odds, the markets and bet types, and tips to make sure you keep the betting as fun as the games themselves.

PROLINE is Where Pros Play


What’s the key to betting like a pro? Since sports are unpredictable, and the odds are often stacked against you, the pro move is to set a budget, never expect a win, but celebrate the bonus if you do!

Mattress Mack: Sports Betting Legend

How did a 72-year old furniture magnate become a sports betting legend? Learn the story of the Houston man who correctly predicted his hometown team to win the 2022 World Series.

Sports Betting Markets

Simply put, anything offered by a sportsbook—from an NFL point spread to an over/under in an NBA game—is a market. Here are the main types: 

How to Pick a Game

Choose whether you want the full sports betting experience, or to keep things simple:


Make all sorts of picks across hundreds of markets, base your decision-making on dynamic odds and point spreads, and arrange your bets into single bets, parlays, or system bets. PROLINE+ offers you the full range of sports betting online, while PROLINE is in-store.


If you’re new to sports betting, POOLS is the simplest way to play. No odds or spreads to consider, just pick which team you think will win across 8-16 matchups. You’ll win or share the prize pool if you make more correct picks than anyone else. Available online and in-store


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Register for an account to play on PROLINE+, bet on your favourite sports and teams online, and have your winnings deposited directly into your account.

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Grab your tickets while you’re out and about from your local retailer. Make your picks on a paper bet slip, or build a bet slip in advance using the PROLINE App.

Keep your online sports betting fun with our easy-to-use My PlaySmart tools. Avoid overspending by setting a Sports Spend Budget, get feedback on your play habits, and take a break whenever you want.



If you want even more sports betting facts, play tips, odds info, and strategies, PlaySmart has you covered.



Ready to Play?

If you feel like you’ve learned enough to jump in, check out OLG’s Sports lobby to select a game and start playing.