PlayNow.com

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PlayNow.com
PlayNow.com Logo - BCLC Online Casino.jpg
Type of site
Online Gambling Website
Owner British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Website www.playnow.com
Launched 2004

PlayNow.com is an online gambling website that is owned and operated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

About[edit]

Net revenues generated by PlayNow.com 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.

PlayNow.com is the only regulated website in both British Columbia and Manitoba for players to legally gamble on.[1]

History[edit]

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

In June 2010, PlayNow.com 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 PlayNow.com.[4]

In February 2011, PlayNow.com 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 PlayNow.com.[6]

In January 2013 Playnow Manitoba launched based on British Columbia’s PlayNow.com business model

Player safety and security[edit]

Gambling education and resources are embedded into PlayNow.com,[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.

Games[edit]

Casino[edit]

PlayNow.com offers a variety of popular casino games such as slots, Blackjack, Sic Bo, and Roulette.[8] Specifically, the PlayNow.com Casino offers the following games to players:

  • 1 Hand Blackjack
  • 3 hand Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • Baccarat
  • Sic Bo
  • 9 Line Virtual Slots
  • 20 Line Virtual Slots
  • Video Poker
  • Classic Arcade Games
  • Virtual Scratch Cards

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

Poker[edit]

In addition, the website offers a wide selection of poker games, and single and multi-table tournaments including a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot.[9] The poker games available on PlayNow.com include:

Each year PlayNow.com offers seats to select poker tournaments, including the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the B.C. Poker Championships and the Roberto Luongo Charity Poker Classic.

Sports[edit]

On July 5, 2012, PlayNow.com launched a new sports book feature to replace Sports Action. PlayNow Sports offers a wider variety of sports to bet on and new betting options that include futures and live betting.[10] Sports Action has been discontinued from PlayNow.com but is still offered through physical lotto retailers in B.C.[11]

e-Bingo[edit]

PlayNow.com also has an Online Bingo portfolio including various Multi-player and Single player games.[12]

Lottery[edit]

PlayNow.com also offers national and provincial lottery games to players.[13] The Lottery Games offered include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PlayNow.com partners with Roberto Luongo". CNW Group Ltd. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ (PDF) http://web.archive.org/web/20120609150145/http://www.bclc.com/documents/FactSheet_PlayNow_FINAL_5April12.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas". CBC. July 21, 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120609155701/http://www.bclc.com/app/DidYouWin/Winners/Home.asp?NewsID=960. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "BCLC Welcomes You to Vancouver". Canadian Gaming Summit. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bclc-partners-with-manitoba-lotteries-for-online-gambling-2012-04-05
  7. ^ "About PlayNow.com". BCLC. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Online Casino - Slots, Blackjack, Roulette". BCLC. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  9. ^ https://www.playnow.com/poker/
  10. ^ "Poker | PlayNow.com". BCLC. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.bclc.com/cm/sportsaction/home.htm
  12. ^ "Poker | PlayNow.com". PlayNow. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  13. ^ https://www.playnow.com/lottery/

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