March might be madness, but April will be quiet for college basketball bettors at the Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
Several media outlets reported that the
NCAA has persuaded the Ontario government to suspend basketball betting at
Caesars Windsor from March 30 to April 6 while the Final Four is held at Ford
Field in nearby Detroit.
The Caesars Windsor, which is owned by
the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corp., a government agency, and managed by Harrah’s
Entertainment Inc., was asked by NCAA representatives to suspend the betting.
“As you know, sports books are only
located in a few, select cities, and given the closer proximity this year, the
request of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. was a proactive move to ensure
a Final Four environment that is free of college sports wagering,” Stacey
Osburn of the NCAA was quoted in the story.
and Detroit are divided by about two miles,
across the Detroit
river, which acts as the U.S.-Canadian borderline. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is touted as the
only vehicular international subaqueous border crossing in the world, subject
to tolls as well as inspections by Immigration and Customs.
Final Four bets off the board at Caesars Windsor
March 30, 2009