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Type of site
Online Gambling Website
OwnerBritish Columbia Lottery Corporation
Launched2004 is an online gambling website that is owned and operated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).


Net revenues generated by gambling activities are directed back to the Provincial Governments to go towards essential services, like health care, education and community groups across British Columbia and Manitoba. is the only regulated website in both British Columbia and Manitoba for players to legally gamble on.[1] is for individual use only; not to be used for group play as per section 3.01 in the PlayNow player agreement.[1]


Launched in 2004, offers a variety of gambling services, including casino, poker, bingo, lottery and sports betting.[2]

In June 2010, became the very first provincially operated casino website in North America.[3]

In December 2010, a player from Vancouver Island won the largest-ever online prize in Canada with a $7.6 million winning Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased on[4]

In February 2011, began offering peer-to-peer poker in collaboration with Loto-Quebec.[5]

In April 2012, Manitoba Lotteries partnered with BCLC to provide services to conduct and manage an online gambling website for Manitobans through a similar site to[6]

In January 2013 Playnow Manitoba launched based on British Columbia's business model.

Player safety and security[edit]

Gambling education and resources are embedded into,[7] including:

  • Strict age and residency controls with independent identity verification
  • Player pre-set deposit limit with 24-hour delay for all increase request.
  • Session logs that show time and amount spent.
  • Purchase history so players can track play and spending for 52 weeks.
  • Responsible play and problem gambling help information on all pages.
  • Username and password-protected accounts, secure payment methods and strict privacy controls.
  • Players must use a verified credit card to deposit money into their account.
  • GameSense information to help players make informed choices and understand games, the odds and the potential risks.
  • Low limits and a 1-week waiting period to be able to re-bet the same selection after betting the limit.


Casino[edit] offers a variety of popular online casino games such as slots, Blackjack, Sic Bo, and Roulette.[8]

Additionally several of these games, including Chain Reactors and Super Cubes, have progressive Jackpots. The casino portfolio at also includes reactor games.


In addition, the website offers a wide selection of poker games, and single and multi-table tournaments including a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot.[9]


  1. ^ " partners with Roberto Luongo". CNW Group Ltd. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Playnow Factsheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas". CBC. July 21, 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Islander scores Canada's largest ever online lottery win". Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "BCLC Welcomes You to Vancouver". Canadian Gaming Summit. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "About". BCLC. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Online Casino - Slots, Blackjack, Roulette". BCLC. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Welcome to PlayNow Poker".

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