Vancouver, B.C., June 22, 2021 – BCLC is gearing up to offer single-event sports bets and bets on racing and fighting on PlayNow.com, following the Senate’s third and final reading today of Bill C-218.
Shortly after Bill C-218 receives Royal Assent, BCLC will enable PlayNow.com players to wager on the outcome of a single game or match.
“This is a huge win for PlayNow.com players, and British Columbians overall,” says Lynda Cavanaugh, BCLC’s Interim President and CEO. “We’re excited to soon provide our players these new offerings on PlayNow.com, which is B.C.’s only legal gambling website and delivers important revenue back to the Province of B.C. to support things like healthcare, education and community programs.”
BCLC will continue to prioritize the health of players, including by identifying play behaviours associated with risk and problem-gambling levels, proactively intervening when players are actively experiencing harms, and exploring incentives for healthy-play behaviours.
PlayNow.com is the only online gambling website in North America and one of the few in the world with dedicated player-health specialists available via telephone and online chat to support players with healthy play habits or refer them to treatment and support services, if needed.
BCLC continues to explore opportunities to implement single-event sports betting across land-based channels, including casinos and hospitality locations in British Columbia. Further information about what these potential offerings could look like will be shared in the future.