launches but you’ll have to play later says you’ll have to wait and play later

The launch of a new online casino isn’t of itself earth shattering news. After all, (depending on who you ask) there are around 2,000 of them already operating and new casino sites launch weekly.

But isn’t your average online casino.

It’s operated by the B.C. Lottery Corporation which is a Crown corporation of the Canadian province of British Columbia.  This effectively means that PlayNow is government owned and operated – a first for North America and a rarity worldwide.

The casino is very much a local offering, only available to 19+ year-olds living within British Columbia.  But this hasn’t stopped an enormous number of visitor traffic to the site. So much in fact that for much of the time since its July 15 launch has been down due to server overload. Either British Columbians are very eager to play online blackjack, roulette and slots, or a good proportion of the rest of the gambling world have felt the need to pop in and see what the fuss is all about.

I’ve dropped in daily since the launch for a look and have received the “ is Currently Unavailable” message shown above each time.

So I guess it’s more a case of PlayLater than PlayNow for BC casino players.

For the rest of us it will remain PlayNever.

But that’s OK, as they don’t have live dealers anyway!

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1 reply
  1. LD
    LD says:

    Postscript to this story…

    Apparently Playnow’s sudden and prolonged unavailability was not due to traffic overload as originally suggested by BCLC.

    CEO Michael Graydon told the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday just gone that the site’s security was compromised and 134 player accounts were improperly accessed. The report states:

    “$8,000 was wagered by accounts controlled by someone other than the owner and in 12 cases, users were able to view other people’s personal information…[including] in one case, the last four digits of a person’s credit card”

    Now the BCLC are under fire for misleading the public with their original (and erroneous) reasons for the site being unavailable.

    At the time of writing this comment was still down.

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