British Columbia iGaming operator threatens competition

The Canadian province of British Columbia sent a threatening letter to 19 different online gambling operators around the world that accept bets from BC residents.

The letter warns the CEOS that only the British Columbia Lottery Corporation is allowed to conduct, manage or operate a lottery scheme in BC.

It sites the Criminal Code of Canada in its letter, though many people agree that international operators aren’t actually violating the Criminal Code by operating from offshore, particularly given the global reach of the Internet.

The letter likely stems from the fact that the BCLC isn’t making as much money as it thinks it should. While the site earned $125.5 million CDN in the 2015-16 operating year, it clearly wants a bigger piece of the online poker and online casino pie.

Instead of fighting with larger international operators who are operating legally from offshore, BCLC might want to just beef up its marketing budget and create an attractive online poker site. While the site appears to offer a $100,00 guaranteed tournament, that’s not a weekly event. Instead, that happens in November. Think Million Dollar Sunday, except for a fraction of the prize pool.

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