theScore Bet Receives Important Certification in Canada

One of the major players on the Canadian sports betting landscape just took a big step forward. Gaming operator theScore Bet, which is a subsidiary of PENN National Gaming, just received GLI-33 certification, the company announced.

   Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) issued the certification in late December for theScore Bet app. GLI is a gambling equipment testing lab which ensures that wagering platforms are safe, and legally compliant. In acquiring the GLI-33 certification, theScore Bet has now cleared a major hurdle in their bid to be first to market in Ontario.

   In a press release, CEO of theScore John Levy stated “We’re pleased to be one of the first online gaming operators to secure GLI-33 certification in Ontario. We are eager to launch theScore Bet in our home market and showcase our unrivaled combination of media and gaming to fans across the province. This approval is a credit to our first-rate product and engineering team who have been hard at work to ready theScore Bet for launch in Ontario.”

   Specifically, certification lends credibility to the mobile sports betting/iGaming app and the sportsbook account management platform it plans to deploy.

   It also satisfies one of the requirements theScore Bet must achieve before it can offer internet sports betting and iGaming as a regulated operator in Ontario. Currently the only platform available to Ontarians is the PROLINE+ app, which is run by the province.

   Ontario is expected to begin issuing operator licenses in early 2022. As a result companies such as theScore Bet, DraftKings, and FanDuel have been jockeying for position with regulators. With a population of over 15 million, Ontario would be the equivalent to the 5th largest state in the US.

   Already available in New Jersey, Colorado, Iowa, and Indiana, theScore Bet hopes to take advantage of its already established Canadian media presence to build an initial user base. The company’s media app, simply titled “theScore”, is one of the most widely used apps in Canada.

   theScore had previously announced that they planned to integrate their two apps for seamless compatibility. Their company website describes the feature as allowing users to “Build your parlay from the boxscore! With a single tap, we’ll take you from theScore to theScore Bet, making it faster than ever to place a bet.”

   With their GLI-33 certification in hand and plans to integrate their existing platform into their betting app, theScore is positioning itself well to be amongst the first to market. If they’re able to successfully convert existing theScore users into theScore bet accounts, then they may quickly become one of the largest entities on the Canadian sports betting scene.