B.C Lotto’s online gambling arm expands into Quebec

B.C Lotto's online gambling arm expands into QuebecB.C Lotto's online gambling arm expands into Quebec

VANCOUVER – Only four days after British Columbia’s information privacy commissioner gave the thumbs up to the security of the province’s online gambling portal, BC Lotteries Corporation (BCLC) announced a partnership that expands some of its online gambling offerings in other parts of the country for the first time.

BCLC’s PlayNow.com and Loto-Québec’s Espacejeux.com portals have joined forces to allow residents of both provinces to play online poker against each other.

Users of the portal in B.C. will now have fully regulated access to a bilingual platform with eight poker variations available to play.

The partners promoted the new partnership with a February 20 tournament with $100,000 in prize money yesterday.

The Quebec and B.C. lottery corporations are basing the revenue-sharing formula for poker earnings on each jurisdictions gaming volume.

Also last week, B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham released a final report on a July 15, 2010, incident in which PlayNow was shut down after BCLC discovered that hackers could gain access to customers’ private information. The incident was all the more embarassing for the BCLC as it ocurred on the same day that the site was launched.

Denham’s investigation determined that the cause of the breach had been fixed and security elsewhere on the site improved.

In the fiscal 2011 budget released last week, the B.C. government said its total revenue from the site was down 4.7% from projections in the 2010 budget thanks to reduced consumer spending on lottery games and casino gambling.

In the budget, BCLC is projecting moderate annual growth in gambling revenue of 3.4% – much of which, said BCLC, will stem from continuing development of PlayNow.

source: bvinteractive.com

Published: February 22, 2011

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