Today, BCLC launched its PlayNow.com to a third province in Canada, with its industry-leading online gambling platform now available to players in Saskatchewan.
As part of a partnership with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and SaskGaming, Saskatchewan players can now enjoy more than 400 entertaining casino and sports-betting products on PlayNow.com, available through strategic partnerships BCLC has with world-class gaming vendors.
“BCLC is thrilled to help bring legal, online regulated gambling to Saskatchewan, in line with our social purpose to generate win-wins for the greater good,” said Pat Davis, BCLC President and CEO. “We would like to thank our partners at SIGA and SaskGaming for their collaboration in bringing our safe, secure and industry-leading PlayNow.com platform to the province of Saskatchewan.”
Whether playing on PlayNow.com in British Columbia, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, players have access to robust player-health safeguards on PlayNow.com, including dedicated player-health specialists – known as GameSense Advisors – who are available via phone and live chat to answer gambling-related questions and provide additional support resources and referrals, if needed. PlayNow.com is one of few gambling websites in the world to offer this service to players as just one way to support positive play.
“We are excited to be the exclusive provider of Saskatchewan’s first and only legal online gaming site, which will provide a safe and secure option for residents to play their favourite casino games and bet on their favourite sports teams online,” said SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen.
“Today is a historic day for casino gaming and entertainment in Saskatchewan,” said SaskGaming President and CEO Susan Flett. “PlayNow.com will change the gaming industry as we know it and I want to extend my appreciation to BCLC and SIGA in helping make this launch a reality.”
In 2023, PlayNow.com will introduce additional products for Saskatchewan players, including its popular Live Casino and poker products.
BCLC launched PlayNow.com in British Columbia in 2004, and it is currently the fastest-growing channel of BCLC’s business. BCLC began providing PlayNow.com to Manitoba players beginning in 2013. Profits from PlayNow.com go back to support programs and services in the provinces in which it operates.
As the only legal, regulated online gambling website in B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan, PlayNow.com meets high standards for technical integrity, age verification and responsible gambling, as well as federal anti-money laundering requirements.
BCLC Marks Multiculturalism Week with Introduction of New Inclusive Holiday Program for Employees
In recognition of our diverse workforce, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has introduced a new program offering employees the flexibility to substitute up to six BCLC-observed statutory holidays in a calendar year for other days that have personal, cultural or religious significance to them.
This announcement coincides with British Columbia’s multiculturalism week and is BCLC’s latest enhancement to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging within the organization.
“As an employer, we recognize that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to holidays and, as our work with diversity, inclusion and belonging moves forward, so must our approach to our practices,” the Chief People Officer for the BCLC, Sandy Austin, said. “This is another important step to build inclusive, equitable and safe workplaces and communities and we’re encouraging other employers to reach out to us to learn more.”
To further advance diversity, inclusion and belonging, the BCLC, guided by dedicated employee resource groups, is building inclusive policies, processes and structures to promote a safe, equitable and barrier-free environment where employees can thrive.
“This program acknowledges the individual values and beliefs of our employees and celebrates that,” the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager for the BCLC, Madhavee Inamdar, said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse workforce and are honouring that diversity and reaffirming our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture at BCLC where all employees feel that they are seen, valued and belong.”
One exception to the substitution options is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In line with our commitment to lasting and meaningful reconciliation, this day must be observed by all employees on September 30 of each year.
To learn more about how the BCLC is working to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging, visit Corporate.BCLC .com.
BCLC’s Popular Ruyi Baccarat Coming Soon to North American Casinos
BCLC signs exclusive license agreement with Light & Wonder
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is excited to announce an agreement with global gaming leader Light & Wonder Incorporated, which exclusively licenses the BCLC’s intellectual property in its popular and commission-free Ruyi Baccarat game to Light & Wonder so that the game can be played in casinos throughout North America.
“The BCLC is used to bringing vendors’ games to British Columbia, so to be the organization that’s providing a made-in-house table game to a licensee is a nice change and speaks volumes about our quest to be a leader in the casino industry,” the Chief Operating Officer for the BCLC, Dan Beebe, said. “We are always seeking out new ways to be an innovator and challenge the status quo and by partnering with Light & Wonder, a world-class gaming company, we have full confidence that Ruyi Baccarat will grow in popularity across North America.”
The BCLC first launched Ruyi Baccarat at British Columbia casinos in early-2020 and today it continues to grow in popularity among players, available on both tables and electronic gaming devices.
“Ruyi Baccarat combines time-honored cultural traditions from the origins of baccarat with a more traditional non-commission gameplay approach to deliver a truly elevated player experience,” the Global Table Gaming Senior Vice-President for Light & Wonder, Mike McKiski, said. “Partnering with the BCLC and being named the exclusive licensee of Ruyi Baccarat reinforces our commitment to ensuring our customers have access to the best games available for their casino floors.”
Ruyi Baccarat is available in 14 British Columbia casinos with plans to bring the game to the BCLC’s PlayNow.com in the future. Ruyi Baccarat will be available to Light & Wonder’s players beginning September 9, 2023, pending regulatory approvals.
The BCLC is a social purpose company offering lottery, casinos, sports-betting and online gambling and has proudly conducted and managed responsible gambling entertainment that generates income to benefit British Columbians. Since 1985, more than $28 billion in net income has been delivered to the province to support British Columbia communities, provincial programs and services.
EVOLUTION ADDS NEW HIGH-LIMIT LIVE DEALER TABLES FOR BCLC IN CANADA
Evolution announced that it has furthered its partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) with the launch of two new high-limit live casino tables for online players in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The two new tables –VIP Blackjack and VIP Baccarat – are now streaming live from Evolution’s Vancouver studio. They join the existing line-up of Evolution-powered live casino games and live game shows on BCLC’s PlayNow.com Lottery, Casino, Sports, Poker, Bingo, and Instants platform.
As with Evolution VIP tables in other markets, the high-limit games are presented in opulent surroundings and include features such as higher minimum bets.
Jeff Millar, Chief Commercial Officer, North America at Evolution commented: “Our initial agreement with BCLC, over five years ago now, was instrumental in Evolution creating its Canadian live casino studio – our first major expansion outside of Europe back in 2018. Since then our relationship with BCLC has gone from strength to strength. We are proud to launch these new VIP tables and confident that VIP players will be attracted by this premium online gaming experience.”
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