Gambling and casinos have a long history in Alberta. Aside from the dozens of brick-and-mortar casinos thriving everywhere from Calgary and Edmonton to Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie, there is also a wide variety of online casinos available to Alberta residents. Every year, people living in Alberta spend just over $350,000,000 at online, offshore gambling sites. Online casinos are so popular, the Alberta government is now making moves to establish its own provincial online gambling system sometime in 2020.
While there are no Canadian owned or operated sites available in Alberta just yet, there are plenty of international options certified by eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCogra), the international certification organization and testing agency. To help get you started, we put together a guide to some of the many online casinos available in Alberta.
Leo Vegas is a Swedish online casino that launched in 2011 with an eye on dominating mobile gaming. The award-winning casino offers live gaming, slots, table games and sports betting. Leo Vegas has nearly 300 varieties of slots. It has great design and a wide variety of options for every game in many languages.
The website runs on Microgaming, and live dealer games are supported by a variety of software. There are welcome bonuses, monthly promotions, and regular offers of free spins. The site has all the Canadian banking options.
Betchan has one of the highest numbers of online games on offer. It is also popular with gamblers for its fast withdrawals and 24/7 support. While Betchan is available for gamblers in Canada, it is worth noting that it does not offer services for Canadian currency, so Alberta gamers will have to convert their money to USD, Bitcoin, or another currency. Customer service is not available in French.
Jackpot City is one of the most popular online casinos in Alberta, because it is one of the biggest and oldest, having been around since 1998. Like most of the world’s online casinos, it is based in Malta. It draws players from around the world and, with 23 different languages on offer, it’s a big draw for Alberta’s multicultural population.
The site offers more than 600 games powered by Microgaming software with options to play on your mobile devices. You can play slots, themed slots, blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat, and a whole lot more. Other big draws include live dealer games of Hold’em and Blackjack.
Their customer support available 24/7. As it is such a big site, it also has a handsome offering of welcome and loyalty bonuses, as well as promotions. They have a VIP loyalty program at Jackpot City Canada where you earn points to qualify for free spins and exclusive promotions.
Betway is slightly newer on the online casino scene, having been in operation since 2006. It also operates on Microgaming software and offers a lot of speed on both your desktop and mobile devices.
Betway has more than 500 table games and slots, and its sports betting options are very popular in sports-mad Alberta. They offer live betting on a wide range of sports, from the most popular (hockey), to cricket and darts.
Like other major online casinos, Betway also offers generous welcome bonuses, regular promotions, and a VIP program. It also has customer support offered in both of Canada’s official languages, and all the banking options you need.
PlayAmo is based in Curacao and has been online for just over 2 years. Its big draws are its of bonuses and promotions, and it has a localized version for Canadian players. It is available in English and French and has a user-friendly design on both desktop and mobile.
PlayAmo runs games from a number of providers, including GameArt, Microgaming, and Quickspin Evolution. There are more than 2,500 gaming options, including slots, blackjack, poker, and live casino games.
Spin Palace made a big name for itself recently by awarding one player with a bonus of $3.7 million. Spin Palace is also based in Malta and offers hundreds of online games based on the Microgaming platform. It’s been in operation for 18 years and has a dedicated Canadian site where you can set the Canadian dollar as your currency. There’s a full mobile platform for all mobile devices.
Spin Palace offers hundreds of casino table games and new live dealer options for blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. A big draw at Spin Palace is the extensive selection of blackjack games and varieties.
Another popular draw are the Spin Palace’s online slots games. They have more than 400 online slots, including great jackpot titles and feature slots. They have a dedicated 24-hour Canadian customer support line, available in French and English.
The Spin Palace loyalty club has six levels, depending on how many points you earn and maintain. Different levels offer different bonuses and invitations to VIP tournaments.
Ruby Fortune is run by the same Maltese company as Spin Palace, and it has been in operation since 2003. It has a great reputation in Canada. It sells itself as being fair and easy. Operating on Microgaming’s Viper software, it offers a good variety of slots and table games, and the platform is accessible on most mobile devices.
There are more than 400 games available from craps to baccarat and video poker, and there are about 200 different kind of slots games. Blackjack is a particularly big draw, with lot of variety in different versions of the game. There are also live dealer games and some attractive progressive jackpots.
Ruby Fortune offers fewer banking options for Canadians than some of the other online gaming sites, but managing your account and depositing money still secure and easy. Customer service is available 24/7 in English and French.