BCLC Accused of Turning a Blind Eye To Money Laundering

Ben Hamill - November 05, 2020

The Cullen Commission of Inquiry Into Money Laundering In B.C. has heard a first-hand account of how a former casino investigator had been met with a culture of indifference upon being appointed by the province’s Gaming Policy and E...Read More

B.C.’s Cullen Commission Enters Next Phase

Ben Hamill - October 27, 2020

Monday this week saw the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia enter its next phase of hearings in Vancouver, B.C. Resumed only on October 26 instead of the initially-scheduled October 13, the current phas...Read More

BCLC Report Shows Online Gaming Potential

Ben Hamill - September 21, 2020

British Columbia has always been able to rely heavily on the support of a high-performing provincial online gaming industry. This is true in the present and was true even before global disaster hit around mid-March. And even though B.C.&r...Read More

BCLC Report Shows iGaming Spike Amid Crisis

Ben Hamill - September 03, 2020

Online gambling continues to increase in popularity, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s latest financial report has revealed. Even though reporting an overall 2.2% drop in terms of year-on-year revenue for the period 2019-20...Read More

BCLC Sportsbook Now Powered By SG Corp.

Ben Hamill - July 15, 2020

The BCLC has roped in the expertise and services of Scientific Games and its OpenTrade Managed Trading Services (MTS) product for the purpose of upgrading and expanding the Crown corporation’s online sports betting service offerings...Read More

BCLC Finally Spills Beans Over FINTRAC Fine

Ben Hamill - July 09, 2020

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has after a nearly a decade-long battle trying to keep secret the reasons behind the $700,000 fine it got slapped with by Canada’s anti-money laundering watchdog, finally come clean. ...Read More

Latest BCLC Report Shows Casino Allocations

Ben Hamill - June 22, 2020

for the moment remains limited to online gaming platforms, and since the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has declared itself in no hurry to resume in-person gaming, no reopening date has been scheduled for casinos in the prov...Read More

BCLC Announces Exciting New Betting Upgrade

Ben Hamill - June 19, 2020

Now that the British Columbia Lottery Corporation has officially extended its existing partnership with leading iGaming and sports betting platform provider Scientific Games Corporation, B.C. players can expect to be treated to quite the ...Read More

BCLC In No Hurry To Reopen Its Casinos

Ben Hamill - June 17, 2020

No specific timeline for the reopening of casinos in British Columbia has been set and, says British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) interim CEO Greg Moore, the Crown corporation is in no hurry in terms of speeding along the process. ...Read More

BCLC GameSense Advisors Now On The Phone

Ben Hamill - May 15, 2020

Just because we’ve been ordered to stay at home unless it’s to leave the house for essential items like food or medicine, doesn’t mean we’re now at the mercy of our own devices when having to keep a healthy balance...Read More

Kamloops Officials Want iGaming Allocations

Ben Hamill - April 25, 2020

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented solutions. And since land-based casinos are temporarily out of action, the municipality of Kamloops considers it due and proper that the BCLC should donate a portion of its proceeds to local com...Read More

BCLC Adds to Its Online Bingo Offering

Ben Hamill - April 16, 2020

Since remaining indoors and at home is the right thing to do right now if we’re to save our economy, we’re going to need a whole lot more activities to keep us free of the dreaded cabin fever. And thanks to the , not only will...Read More

Les nouveaux horizons du jeu responsable

Ben Hamill - March 07, 2020

La BCLC (Société des loteries de la Colombie-Britannique) est pleinement engagée pour un avenir totalement exempt de dommages causés par le jeu. Et c'est à cette fin que la prochaine conférenc...Read More

Cullen Comm Shocked By 20 Years of BC Crimes

Ben Hamill - February 26, 2020

When former Mountie Peter German first caused the money laundering confetti to rain down all over British Columbia some 3 years ago, it could be argued that even he would not have foreseen the exact nature and scope of the mess that would...Read More

Chances Kelowna Ready For Massive Expand

Ben Hamill - February 20, 2020

Chances Kelowna is ready to take on the future of pure entertainment in gaming head-on. The BCLC-operated casino is now pushing hard to have card table games incorporated as part of its entertainment portfolio. Now that City Council&rsquo...Read More

BCLC To Face VLT Class Action Lawsuit

Ben Hamill - February 20, 2020

There’s seemingly no leaving VLTs alone. And now that yet another class action lawsuit has been made to loom on the horizon by one Corina Riesebos of Kelowna, it’s this time round the that is being made to scramble for its we...Read More

BCLC Conference To Focus On No-Harm Future

Ben Hamill - February 18, 2020

The BCLC fully committed to a future that is complete free from gambling harm. And future-proofing the gambling industry against the dangers posed by problem gambling will to this end be the main focus of the upcoming New Horizons in Resp...Read More

Biggest eSports Stadium Ever Is Coming To Canada

Ben Hamill - January 27, 2020

It’s an industry enjoying nothing short of a rabid and radical fandom. It’s massive investments and powered play. It’s audiences filling towering stadiums to maximum capacity. It’s the coming together of profession...Read More

BCLC Offers GameSense For Free To North America

Ben Hamill - January 21, 2020

Lining up a unified Lottery games community of partners with a shared commitment to player health. Such is the nature of the motivation behind the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s decision to permit all members of the North Am...Read More

BCLC Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Ben Hamill - January 03, 2020

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has appointed Alan Kerr as the new Chief Financial Officer as well as the new Finance & Corporate Services Vice President. His official duties, which he’ll discharge from ...Read More

BCLC’s GameSense Now In Two More Languages

Ben Hamill - December 20, 2019

The BCLC has announced that going forward, its proprietary GameSense program will be available not only in English, but also in Cantonese as well as Mandarin, at pre-selected casinos. GameSense is available across the ...Read More

BCLC Declares GameSense Roll-Out A Success

Ben Hamill - November 13, 2019

The BCLC has completed the rollout of its GameSense Advisor (GSA) program. What this means is that ever casino in BC is now kitted out with a contact station that will be providing guidance and general counsel to playe...Read More

2 More Lotto MAX Big Wins Announced In B.C.

Ben Hamill - November 06, 2019

Lottery excitement is at an all time high in the provinces as Lotto MAX continues to do its thing. British Columbia is the focus at present as there are currently not one, but two, big draw jackpot prizes awaiting the ...Read More

Scientific Games & BCLC Ink Extended Deal

Ben Hamill - October 29, 2019

Scientific Games will be providing the BCLC with its range of tech products and support services for another 5 years, a recent press release confirmed. This thanks to the two parties having recently entered into an ext...Read More

Tribes May Soon Benefit From BCLC Income

Ben Hamill - October 12, 2019

As matters stand at the moment, there are a total of 203 indigenous communities spread out all over the Canadian province of British Columbia. First Nations communities are significantly dependent on aid from various p...Read More

BCLC Goes All In On Trump Novelty Bet

Ben Hamill - October 05, 2019

An unholy alliance between two presidents has now turned into the makings of a rather superb novelty bet. The BCLC is taking full advantage of the big whistleblower reveal involving US President Donald Trump and his Uk...Read More

BCLC Introduces New PlayPlanner Player Tool

Ben Hamill - September 17, 2019

Many players realise the importance of keeping within their means when playing gambling games and making bets, but not unlike formulating a budget in general, it can be quite daunting a task when one isn’t in possess...Read More

Greg Moore Appointed BCLC Acting President

Ben Hamill - September 15, 2019

British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) board director Greg Moore will be the man occupying the hot seat in the organisation’s top management structure during the coming months. Moore has temporarily stepped down...Read More

Record Prize Awarded To BCLC Jackpot Seller

Ben Hamill - September 05, 2019

B.C. resident Verna Holmes owns the Seafair Smoke and Mixers smoke shop on No. 1 Richmond and has been serving the local retail market for going on all of 35 years. Which makes it all the more special and befitting tha...Read More

Hastings Plot Thickens – BCLC In Hot Water

Ben Hamill - August 25, 2019

The plot has thickened and considerably so for the BCLC after the recent questionings and arrests that took place trackside at the operator’s Vancouver-based Hastings Racecourse. Attendees were shocked when members o...Read More

MGM Receives Top Recognition For GameSense

Ben Hamill - August 15, 2019

Casino Resorts giant MGM Resorts International has received due recognition for its contributions made to the future of responsible gambling and player safety. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has bestowed upon MGM special ...Read More

BCLC Releases Record Figures For 2018-2019

Ben Hamill - July 26, 2019

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation recently released its latest revenue and income figures and as it turns out, a collective sigh of relief is perfectly in order. The BCLC, despite having noticed and reported a slight decline in the...Read More

BC’s Table Games Suffer Following New Laws

Ben Hamill - July 25, 2019

British Columbia is living proof of how even the smallest devil should not be allowed to get a foot in the door because it could very well be over before anyone has had the time to say “dirty money”. The province continues to ...Read More

BCLC VP Robert Kroeker Steps Down

Ben Hamill - July 11, 2019

The first of the heads connected to British Columbia’s money laundering nightmare has started to roll, albeit this time round supposedly self-inflicted. The BCLC has announced that its Vice President of Corporate Compliance, Robert ...Read More

BCLC Seeks Anti-Money Laundering Partner

Ben Hamill - May 19, 2019

B.C.’s British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), by now no doubt completely overtaxed by the province’s money-laundering challenges, has taken up the challenge of assuming the responsibility of trying to find a practical so...Read More

Amanda Hobson To Step Down As BCLC CFO

Ben Hamill - May 05, 2019

Following the recent bout of news about the BCLC’s supposed involvement in government’s perceived inability to eradicate dirty money from British Columbia’s ranks, it’s about time to read about something entirely d...Read More

BCLC Approves of Casinos Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Ben Hamill - April 30, 2019

Failed police investigations, allegations of negligence, accusations of enablement and the publication of condemning documentation; such is the nature of the sordid timeline that has spanned the past number of months in terms of British C...Read More

Demolition Of Future Cascades Site Underway

Ben Hamill - April 19, 2019

It’s the beginning of a brand-new era for the community of Delta. After months of preparation and navigating kilometres of red tape, Delta finally cleared the final hurdle when the demolition of the Delta Town and Country Inn finall...Read More

Money Laundering Alive And Well In Richmond

Ben Hamill - April 10, 2019

A single rotten apple is all it takes to spoil a hundred more. There seems to be no end to British Columbia’s money laundering problems, despite law enforcement’s most valiant efforts aimed at eradicating the problem for good....Read More

BCLC Issues Office Lottery Prize Pool Alert

Ben Hamill - April 02, 2019

A lawsuit filed against a Lottery player from Surrey who had allegedly made off with a Lottery office pool’s $1 million windfall, has shed new light on the importance of properly administrated office pools. The BCLC, on its part, ha...Read More

BCLC’s Recent Past Tainted By Revelations

Ben Hamill - March 29, 2019

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) may have bitten off more than what it is able to chew, following a revelation of potentially incriminating information relating to money laundering. Every last conversation that had anything...Read More

Pollard And BCLC Ink 10 Year Extension

Ben Hamill - March 21, 2019

Award-winning Lottery games provider Pollard Banknote Ltd. has been working in partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) for the last 30 years. Instant Lottery is Pollard’s speciality, and Canadian players are...Read More

Delta Casino Wants To Go Cashless

Ben Hamill - March 19, 2019

British Columbia has been fighting the good fight against money laundering, but over the course of the last decade or so, there have sadly been more defeats than what there have been victories. The city of Delta, interestingly enough one ...Read More

AI and Smart Systems To Offer Player Support

Ben Hamill - March 19, 2019

Attendees of the New Horizons in Responsible Gaming Conference are being educated about the innovative solutions that are at their disposal concerning the fight against problem gambling. Some of the topics up for discussion include artifi...Read More

BCLC Says North Shore Not A Current Option

Ben Hamill - March 14, 2019

British Columbia’s North Shore area is no longer being considered as a viable option for a new casino development. So says the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the very same institution that had as recently as 2016, had giant p...Read More

BCLC Demands Answers Regarding Playing Cards

Ben Hamill - March 13, 2019

Whether by oversight, or on purpose, a shredding company outsourced by the Grand Villa Casino in British Columbia, has a major misdemeanor to answer for. ShredWise, a company offering shredding services, had supposedly been instructed by ...Read More

Saanich Re-Enters Race For A New Casino

Ben Hamill - March 04, 2019

Now that Victoria is no longer a runner in the race for another casino, the Saanich area is one again back in play. Those who have been following new casino development news may recall that it was actually the British Columbia Lottery Cor...Read More

Laundered Casino Money Flows Through Government Accounts

Ben Hamill - February 06, 2019

Canada’s money laundering saga is showing no signs of respite any time soon. Dating back as far as 2015, official investigations have found that a widespread network of illegal activities involving large and questionable financial t...Read More

River Rock Staff Probed over Laundering

Ben Hamill - January 21, 2019

Although the RCMP’s huge e-Pirate money laundering investigation in British Columbia ended up falling flat, Ontario’s gambling regulator is continuing to delve into whether staff at Richmond’s River Rock Casino were conn...Read More

Surrey Mom Scores $39.5m Jackpot

Ben Hamill - January 14, 2019

The new year has already brought a few sizable lotto wins to lucky players across Canada. Most recently, a well-deserving mother of three in Surrey, British Columbia managed to swing the odds in her favor and cash in on her very own multi...Read More

Bettors Welcome Year’s 1st BC Baby

Ben Hamill - January 04, 2019

Novelty betting is one of the most popular ways to wager for thousands of Canadians. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is well aware of this widespread interest, and knew exactly how to keep its punters hooked throughout the...Read More

BCLC’s Hobson Among CA’s Leading Ladies

Ben Hamill - November 26, 2018

Amanda Hobson, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) Chief Financial Officer and long-time VP of Finance and Corporate Services, has officially been dubbed one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. This is acco...Read More

Gateway Completes Phase 1 of Langley Revamp

Ben Hamill - November 23, 2018

Just after it was revealed that its $70 million Cascades Casino Delta project had received final approval from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has announced that the first phase of its $18 milli...Read More

Cascades Casino Delta Gets BCLC’s Approval

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2018

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has reportedly given its approval to a new casino project that is expected to be built on the site of the old Delta Town and Country Inn. Construction on the gaming venue is set to begin ear...Read More

NetEnt’s Jingle Spin Slot Coming Soon

Ben Hamill - November 06, 2018

NetEnt’s latest Christmas-themed creation, Jingle Spin, is set to hit casinos on November 29 this year, giving players plenty of time to score huge wins to add to their festive bankrolls. However, slots experts are already warning t...Read More

Kroeker Resigns Amid Regulatory Pressure

Ben Hamill - October 11, 2018

Robert Kroeker, the gambling industry veteran who has long been the chair of the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Board of Governors, has now opted to resign from his current role. Kroeker...Read More

Canada’s Love Affair with Lottery Games

Ben Hamill - September 24, 2018

Canada and its residents have long had a love affair with lotto games, dating back to the very first national lottery launch back in 1974. That first jackpot of $1 million was split among nine lucky ladies hailing from Quebec – but ...Read More

BCLC’s Record-Breaking 2018 Earnings

Ben Hamill - September 06, 2018

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation earned record-breaking revenues in its most recent financial year, thanks to an exceptional performance from its online gaming arm. The BCLC recently revealed its fiscal results for the 2017-18 pe...Read More