Chances Kelowna’s Expansion Plans are Approved

Ben Hamill - February 28, 2020

The City Council in Kelowna, British Columbia, has just voted to approve the expansion to the metropole’s popular Chances Kelowna casino. While its owners welcome the decision, main rival Playtime Casino has expressed its discontent...Read More

IGT Inks 7-Year Deals With Mississippi Lotto

Ben Hamill - September 11, 2019

IGT has inked a new 7-year supply deal with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation. This is in addition to its existing similar-term contract. The latest deal involves the supply of mainly instant-win ticket systems, dist...Read More

British Columbia The Home of Big Winners

Ben Hamill - August 29, 2019

There’s no shortage of jackpot money flying about British Columbia. August 20 marked a very special day in the life of Prince George resident Brittany Hammell. And really, any day capable of adding a superb CA$1,060,...Read More

Biggest Scratch Card Ever Debuts In Britain

Ben Hamill - July 22, 2019

Nothing says “I was born British” quite like pork pot pie, Yorkshire pudding and a propensity to profusely apologise even when one isn’t at all in the wrong. A recent addition to the list, confirmed as worthy of being as...Read More

Lotto Winner Says He Won’t Stop Working

Ben Hamill - June 07, 2019

According to Filipino and Surry resident Vito Halasan, who now permanently lives in Canada and works as a janitor, he won’t be quitting his job anytime soon despite having won CAD$7 million in the Lotto 6/49. The Surrey resident&rsq...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

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

Gateway Pushes Total Casino Count To 27

Ben Hamill - March 09, 2019

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is developing its way across Canada at a fast and furious pace. The company has just announced that it is the official new owner of Chances Signal Point, Williams Lake. More Chances gaming venues are loca...Read More

That Lottery Winning Feeling Explained

Ben Hamill - March 04, 2019

Winning the Lottery. One of life’s rare pleasures and certainly not the kind of good fortune that happens to just anyone. Most of us dream about winning millions, but we never actually expect that we will. We consider it to be somet...Read More

Bill Blair Pledges Support to AML Efforts

Ben Hamill - January 25, 2019

BC attorney general David Eby has expressed cautious optimism about improvements in cooperation with the local federal government on his province’s money laundering problem after a meeting held on Tuesday morning. Bill Blair, the m...Read More

New Money Laundering Report Puts Old Figures to Shame

Ben Hamill - January 23, 2019

Documents revealing that British Columbian money laundering is now valued at billions of dollars a year have shocked the Canadian province’s attorney general, David Eby. Now, it has been confirmed that these figures have also attrac...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

NetEnt Releases New Turn Your Fortune Slot

Ben Hamill - January 09, 2019

After being granted a licence to operate in British Columbia last year, NetEnt have continued to thrill players with their amazing games and hot new releases. Now, NetEnt’s latest slots creation allows players to delve into a world ...Read More

2018 Delivers One Final Multimillion Lotto MAX Prize

Ben Hamill - January 04, 2019

The festive season was seemingly particularly kind to lottery players across Canada. Towards the end of 2018, two massive jackpots were landed just days apart, giving locals something more to be thankful for as the year drew to a close. ...Read More

NetEnt Launches New Wild-O-Tron 3000 Slot

Ben Hamill - December 18, 2018

It’s almost Christmas and it’s the perfect time of the year for scouting for new slots to play over the festive season. Thankfully, developers have long realised the plight of players who have just that little bit of extra tim...Read More

No Casino for Victoria, British Columbia

Ben Hamill - December 17, 2018

The mayor of Victoria, British Columbia is quickly changing her tune on the idea of a new downtown casino. Where she once may have been lukewarm on the idea, she is now firmly against the notion and its possible impacts on the region. Ma...Read More

Major BC Money Laundering Case Falls Through

Ben Hamill - December 06, 2018

There appears to be a hole in British Colombia’s biggest ever casino money laundering case, and as a result, the prosecution process has fallen flat on its face. The arguments have been rendered strapped and all that remains is imme...Read More

BC Casino Staff Go Ahead with Strike Plans

Ben Hamill - December 03, 2018

Employees at two local Canadian casinos in British Columbia – Starlight Casino and Grand Villa – have reportedly decided to go ahead with their planned strike action. The picket could prompt renewed labor unrest in the nationa...Read More

BC & First Nations to Split Gaming Earnings

Ben Hamill - December 03, 2018

The government of British Columbia has pledged to share their provincial gaming revenues – and more of the power to boot – with indigenous First Nations communities within their borders. All BC First Nations tribes will thus ...Read More

Gateway Files for a $100m New York IPO

Ben Hamill - November 27, 2018

Canadian gaming operator Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, which runs 26 local properties across the nation, reportedly filed with the SEC last week in a bid to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering, or IPO. The British...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

BC’s Gambling Crackdown Hits a New Phase

Ben Hamill - November 22, 2018

The after-effects of a that has dragged on for over three years have hit casinos across Canada, and in the province of British Columbia, especially hard. The saga has left both local gaming operators and regulators with egg on their fac...Read More

Gateway’s Staff Strike Draws to a Close

Ben Hamill - November 14, 2018

It took nearly five months, but a worker’s union that works closely with staff at Gateway Casinos has finally gotten its just dues. The union had been striking for 19 weeks up until very recently, demanding higher wages and better w...Read More

David Eby Speaks Out About BC Casino Laws

Ben Hamill - November 13, 2018

If you’re au fait with the Canadian casino scene, you’ve undoubtedly read news headlines about the stir local rapper of racial profiling. Naturally, the musician’s fans were less than happy about the situation, taking t...Read More

BC Casinos Strikes May Soon be Resolved

Ben Hamill - November 08, 2018

Gateway Casinos’ union members have for four months now – but this could soon come to an end thanks to a new development. A tentative deal has now been reached between the local gambling operator and the British Columbia Gove...Read More

Slots Audio-visuals Study Reveals Interesting Findings

Ben Hamill - November 05, 2018

A new study published last week has revealed that the bright flashing lights and catchy electronic sounds that emanate from electronic gambling machines (EGMs) – also known as slot machines or pokies – could prompt players to ...Read More

IWG and BCLC Sign Exclusive Content Deal

Ben Hamill - November 02, 2018

Premium supplier of online instant-win lotto games, Instant Win Games (IWG), has reportedly entered into a new content deal with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. The partnership agreement will see the provider supplying its compl...Read More

BCLC Enlists Third Party Auditor

Ben Hamill - October 31, 2018

In the latest Canadian land-based casino news, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has recently revealed that it has enlisted the services of a third-party auditor. The move comes as part of the company’s bid to ensure t...Read More

Toronto Marathon Runners Smash Records

Ben Hamill - October 25, 2018

Cam Levins set a new record in his marathon debut, Benson Kipruto and Mimi Belete won the men’s and women’s races, personal bests were achieved, and some serious money was raised for charity. All of this went down at the 2018 ...Read More

Saving British Columbia’s Rattlesnakes

Ben Hamill - October 14, 2018

The rattlesnake population of British Columbia is dwindling, and now scientists and conservationists are working to change that. Working with the province’s transportation department, they are building subterranean ...Read More

BCGEU Dubs Gateway Claim Denial a ‘Victory’

Ben Hamill - October 11, 2018

The British Columbia Government Service Employees Union (or BCGEU) has praised the decision of local courts to deny the authoritative order recently filed by Canada’s Gateway Casinos against strikin...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

River Rock Staff Arrested In Gambling Raid

Ben Hamill - October 06, 2018

Two River Rock Casino employees found out the hard way that illegal gambling does not pay. The women, both registered gaming workers, were among the 11 arrested in a raid on an illegal gaming den in Richmond. The pair was later released....Read More

NetEnt to Enter Regulated Canadian Market

Ben Hamill - October 02, 2018

After reporting exceptional growth in its latest financial report, Stockholm-listed expert in casino software development NetEnt has recently revealed its entry into two new, regulated iGaming markets. In...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

Sen. Campbell Dodges Money Laundering Questions

Ben Hamill - September 21, 2018

has recently been dubbed the ‘epicenter’ of money laundering by global organised crime groups. However, throughout its troubled years, Senator Larry Campbell has earned over $800,000 in compensation, not to m...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

GCGC Accused of Shredding Financial Records

Ben Hamill - September 05, 2018

The Western Canadian operator of River Rock Casino Resort was given a warning in 2017 that some of the establishment’s staff members may have violated federal financial reporting laws by allegedly shredding paper records detailing h...Read More

Exec in Hot Water Over BC Casino Probe

Ben Hamill - August 22, 2018