HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 32Ontario Prepares for Online Gaming Debut

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (“OLGC”) announced that certain lottery rewards program members have been selected to participate in a soft launch of its upcoming internet gaming platform. According to the OLGC, a full launch date has not bet scheduled, but is expected to go live “in the coming weeks.”

The OLGC gaming system, titled “PlayOLG,” will be available to adults in Ontario and will offer a wide range of lottery and casino-style games for play over the internet. At launch, the OLGC will be offering slot games, table games such as blackjack, baccarat, and sic bo, as well as lottery sales. In the future, the OLGC plans to include online peer-to-peer poker, bingo, and sports wagering. The system will be operated by GTECH, and features a number of unique responsible gaming tools to assist players in monitoring and limiting their gaming activity.

The OLGC has stated that it estimates that approximately 500,000 Ontario residents currently participate in “grey market” online gaming, spending an estimated $400-500 million annually on such activities. With the launch of its PlayOLG system, the agency projects to repatriate approximately $375 million in tax revenue to the province over the first five years of operation.

Online gaming options are currently available in several Canadian provinces under similar government regulated systems.

 

 

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