Gaming Regulations in Bars & Pubs in Canada (British Columbia)
The iGaming (a.k.a gambling) laws in British Columbia strongly resemble the laws related to the regulation of the state’s use of liquor and cannabis. In the liquor and food primary terms and conditions, it is stated that the hope or the chance of gaining something more than the amount paid to take part is involved. These terms are also found in the terms and conditions of playing for money, or gambling.
In general terms, any forms of gaming or betting are very rare to find in pubs and bars in British Columbia, as permissions are very limited. Say for example slot machines are only allowed to be placed in gambling venues that have a valid license, such as racing tracks or casinos. According to the Canadian criminal code, in Canada, gaming pools without a license, even those that have to do with major sports events are not allowed.
The only form of gaming or gambling that is allowed in British Columbia restaurants is licensed ticket raffles.
Even though the alcohol & Weed Control Division has gaming-related regulations, license holders throughout British Columbia must understand that it is the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (G.P.E.B) which controls everything that relates to gambling in British Columbia, protects the reputation of businesses, entities and facilities in the gaming market, and addresses complaints of corruption. This entails the British Columbia Lottery Company (BCLC) administrative supervision (which operates and maintains bingo halls, casinos, lotteries, etc.). Both operators of gaming services and betting staff, the B.C. thoroughbred racing sector and approved gaming activities. GPEB also oversees ethical gaming systems for the provinces.
Online Gambling in Canada
When it comes to online gambling however, Canada’s laws are still a bit hazy. The regulations are both straightforward and confusing. Though it’s not legal to operate an online casino within Canada, gamblers can play at offshore sites. For an offshore site to be available in Canada, there is one sole requirement, which is that they must be registered legally to operate in their respective countries. A few Canada gambling sites are legal due to being managed by the local governments as an alternative fund generation scheme. This acts out as an advantage for bettors as they do not need the availability of gaming machines to have a little gamble at the pub. They could just log in on any Canada gambling site through their mobile phones or tablet and enjoy a gamble through their device wherever they are, whenever they want.
Legal gambling outlets in Canada
Casinos play a big part in the sector of tourism in Canada. It’s estimated that legal gambling outlets in Canada generate around $5 billion USD in annual revenue. There are some amazing casinos in Canada and they cater to both locals and a large percentage of the 25 million tourists that visit the country annually. There are a total of 88 casinos in Canada, along with an additional 32 legal gambling outlets that offer video lottery terminals and slot machines. Some also offer limited electronic table games. Here are some of the most highly visited tourist destinations in Canada that are related to gambling:
The Casino Niagara is one of the most scenic casinos in the world. Located in Ontario, so close to Niagara falls you could practically feel the waterfall’s mist hitting you from the balcony. You can’t go wrong at the Casino Niagara. Whether you want to try out one of thousands of its available slot machines and table games, or if you just want to enjoy the beautiful resort that overlooks the world’s largest waterfall. One can also enjoy a sports betting area with large screens playing all the live games to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action, or a special VIP poker room for high rollers. Let’s not forget to mention the four restaurants within the hotel and the weekendly live entertainment!
The Casino De Montreal is the largest casino in all of Canada. Getting its name from the Old Montreal Port, located next to Notre Dame in Quebec. It’s also known as one of the largest gambling venues on the planet, welcoming just under 20,000 visitors every day on average, and also has a massive selection of gaming, ranging from 20 poker tables, to hundreds of other table games, to over 3,000 slot machines, and more. The Casino de Montreal is also popularly known for hosting famous Texas Hold’Em Poker tournaments. The casino also has a special loyalty feature, where locals and frequent visitors earn loyalty points to be able to either play more for free or spend them at one of the four gourmet restaurants, the luxurious hotel rooms or even lounges for gaming!