VANCOUVER, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - BCLC announced today the addition of
peer-to-peer poker to PlayNow.com.
Players registered on PlayNow.com are now able to play poker against
others in British Columbia and Quebec, with eight versions of the
popular game available on the site.
"British Columbia poker players have the opportunity to play on a secure
and regulated poker network," said Michael Graydon, BCLC President and
CEO. "Registered players in B.C. and Quebec can now compete against one
another in an entertaining and safe poker environment."
The new poker software on PlayNow.com is provided by GTECH G2, a leading
gaming technology and services company that provides the latest
innovative technology, creative content and superior service for the
best possible player experience.
"The new poker products are a great addition to our existing lineup of
games," continued Graydon. "The popularity of online poker has
skyrocketed and we're pleased to now offer it to our players."
Last year PlayNow.com generated $34 million in revenue for BCLC,
comprising 1% of BCLC's total revenue. With the new games now available
on PlayNow.com, this number is expected to increase to 4% of total
revenue by 2014.
In addition to poker, registered PlayNow.com players can also choose
from a variety of games of chance in five categories; Casino, Bingo, Sports, Lottery and Games.
PlayNow.com has numerous responsible gambling safeguards built-in to the
site, including GameSense education on players' screens; easy access to
odds and factual game information; age restriction and geo-location and
residency verification; a session log displaying the amount of time a
player has spent online; and a pre-set deposit limit with a 24-hour
restriction on all increase requests. For parents interested in
blocking minors' access to gambling websites, BetStopper software is
available as a free download to install on home computers.
For more information, please visit www.playnow.com.
BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation that offers socially responsible
gambling entertainment while generating income that benefits all
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For further information:
Manager, Issues Management & Media Relations
Corporate Affairs, BCLC
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