Since 2004 the BCLC has been providing regulated online gambling to British Columbians through the PlayNow.com website. This week BCLC made further strides in protection of players announcing that it is partnering with Manitoba Lotteries to provide online gambling to Manitobans.
“We launched online gaming in British Columbia to provide a secure and legal option for people who play online and to keep revenues in the province that otherwise would be going to illegal gambling sites,” said the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for BCLC. “We are pleased to share our expertise with Manitoba to strengthen regulated online gambling in Canada.”
“The existing online gambling market is mostly unregulated, with over 2,000 grey market operators who offer few or no responsible gambling features and millions of dollars
leaving the province every year,” said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton, minister responsible for Manitoba Lotteries. “Manitobans will now be able to play on a site where they can have confidence in game integrity, personal information security and that offers a comprehensive set of responsible play tools, information and support.”
“Innovation is key to growth in any business,” said Michael Graydon, President and CEO of BCLC. “We are creating a new revenue stream for BCLC by leveraging our experience and the expertise of our best-in-class vendors and providing these services to another jurisdiction.”
“Manitoba will work to provide a safe, reputable, secure alternative to grey market sites while ensuring revenue stays in Manitoba to support priorities like health and education,” Ashton said. “In addition, we have ensured that a portion of revenues are allocated to fight addictions and support Aboriginal sports and recreation.”
BCLC will provide site design, development and testing services and will manage most aspects of the website, which is expected to launch in 2013 with casino and poker games. Sports betting and bingo may also be available when the site launches.
Operated by BCLC, all revenue generated through PlayNow.com stays right here in B.C. to support many provincial, community and charitable programs.
PlayNow.com promises to provide a safe, secure online gaming environment while offering players many innovative and popular new games. The software delivers an easy to use gaming platform with eye-catching graphics and realistic game-play for an experience second to none.
Within the PlayNow.com Casino, Poker, Bingo, Sports and Lottery portfolios are a variety of online slot machines and popular table games like Blackjack, Sicbo, Craps, Roulette, and many more favourites. Poker offers a wide variety of games and tournaments, including a progressive Bad Beat jackpot. Enjoy the popular games 24 hours a day with players from across B.C. and Quebec on a shared Poker network.
Reported by Maggie B.