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PlayNow.com delivers a safe and secure online gaming experience. We are committed to player protection and game integrity. You must be 19 years of age or older to play.
This is where you'll find the answers to all of your PlayNow.com questions. Browse through the topics to get the information you need. If you're looking for in depth information about our games, visit the 'How to Play' pages specific to each game.
If you can't find the answers you're looking for, please contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 or email us.
Operated by BCLC, all revenue generated through PlayNow.com stays right here in BC to support many provincial, community and charitable programs.
It's PlayNow.com's promise to provide a safe, secure online gaming environment while offering players many great new games. The software delivers an easy to use gaming platform with eye-catching graphics and realistic game-play for an experience second to none.
Poker offers a wide variety of games and tournaments, including a progressive Bad Beat jackpot. Enjoy the popular games 24 hours a day with players from across B.C., Manitoba and Quebec on a shared Poker network.
Bingo offers players a variety of games and progressive jackpots. Play and chat with players from across B.C. and Manitoba.
Games on PlayNow.com can be purchased during the following time periods seven days a week:
Please note that some mornings PlayNow.com may not be available due to system upgrades and/or scheduled maintenance. Please try again later or if you require assistance please contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 or email us.
BCLC is authorized to market and distribute games within the province of British Columbia only. At this time, registered players may only purchase games when physically located in BC.
PlayNow.com is phasing out support for Internet Explorer 8 browsers and below.
Our development team make use of new capabilities available in modern, up-to-date browsers. That's why we made the decision to support only modern browsers, which also provides improved security and performance.
You should also have the newest version of Adobe Flash installed on your browser. To verify that you have the latest version, visit Adobe's website: www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/.
The browser can sometimes display outdated information from the cache or load incorrectly. This is one of the main reasons why players experience problems viewing PlayNow.com.
If you are having issues viewing PlayNow.com or logging into your account, you may need to clear your internet browser's cache. The cache is a group of temporary internet files that are saved onto your computer's hard drive by most websites that you visit.
Please ensure that all your internet browser's cache is cleared. Your browser may also store temporary files if you have Playnow.com bookmarked or set as a favorite in your browser; please review all options on the Delete Browsing History screen and select (or deselect) only those options that apply to deleting Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.
Learn how to clear your cache depending on which browser you are using:
Select which browser you are using below to learn how to enable Cookies.
Most browsers automatically detect PlayNow.com's text encoding to display text correctly. If you are experiencing garbled text, we recommend that you set your browser's encoding to UTF-8.
Learn how to set your browser's encoding depending on which browser you are using:
Safe and secure online gaming is a top priority at BCLC. BCLC provides a secure connection to our players and complies with strict regulatory standards. BCLC security analysts are continuously monitoring any hacking and vulnerability trends and applying preventative controls to PlayNow.com to mitigate these risks.
All customer information is stored in a highly secure database. Security measures such as encryption, file integrity monitoring and auditing are used to provide a multi-layered defense system for protecting our players' personal and transactional data.
If you think someone was using your PlayNow.com account without your knowledge, immediately contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789.
We use Equifax, a third party credit processing company, to verify the identity of individuals opening PlayNow.com accounts against credit information they have on file about an individual. We also use fraud detection tools provided by our financial partners that help block many potentially fraudulent deposits. Additionally BCLC monitors transactions as part of our fraud detection process.
To register for PlayNow.com, the following is required:
We require all PlayNow.com customers to supply a credit card number during the registration process.
For any questions or difficulty registering, call Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789. To ensure that the information used to verify your BC residency and age is accurate, the EQUIFAX website includes details on how to request a copy of your personal credit history or to request a correction of information.
As you know, PlayNow.com takes web security seriously. To protect our players, we use Equifax Canada to verify our players' identity, age and residency.
In your case, it appears that Equifax Canada was unable to verify your identity and therefore, no account was created in our system.
If you are interested in doing so, we suggest that you follow-up with Equifax Canada directly to confirm that your personal details are accurately recorded. Specifically, it is important to confirm:
Should you determine that any of this information is inaccurate, you will have to resolve the errors with Equifax before you will be able to continue with registration on PlayNow.com.
Equifax Canada can be reached by calling toll-free, 1-866-204-9044 - after dialing, you will want to select prompt #3 and then prompt #1 to reach a live person.
PlayNow.com uses Equifax Canada only to verify your identity - things such as those items listed above. Please keep in mind that your credit score and/or credit history are unrelated the PlayNow.com registration process. It is not necessary to incur additional costs associated to retrieving/correcting your identity profile information. Equifax sells multiple products, none of which are required in order to correct your information and register on PlayNow.com.
Once you have identified the issue with Equifax and have corrected it directly with them, you should be able register on PlayNow.com.
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If you tried to login and were informed that you were blocked, you should have been prompted with further information on why this happened and what to do next. For example, your login details may have been invalid, you may have opted to self-exclude. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 or email us.
If upon login, you are told you are not located in British Columbia, our system may have detected that your online session appears to be originating outside the province of BC If you are in BC, you may challenge this by pressing the appropriate button on the screen. IP challenges will be accessed and valid claims corrected by the start of the next business day. You may also contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 or email us for assistance.
You may view historical transaction information from your account for up to six months. BCLC may use transaction information to support any inquiries you may have about your account activity, analyze and improve customer relationships by understanding the types of products you buy. Transaction information may be retained by BCLC as long as your account is active, and/or as required by law.
From the Login page, click on the Forgot Password link and follow the instructions from there. You will need to know your username and the answers to your secret questions to set a new password. If you have forgot your username, you will need to call Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 to have a temporary password emailed to you.
To close your account, call Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789.
When registering you agreed to be responsible for ensuring that only you can use your account and password. In general, you should not keep funds in your PlayNow.com Account if you do not intend to redeem them for purchases within a reasonable amount of time. If you feel your account has been compromised, immediately contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 for assistance.
We have invested significant safeguards, authentication processes and security measures to ensure the integrity of all our games. An individual must register and create a player account before play is enabled. To do this, the player must provide credit card information that will be sent electronically to one of Canada's major credit bureaus. This third-party validation verifies both age and residency. Note, we do not check your credit history we are only verifying your information.
The purchase of our products can only occur while the player is physically located in British Columbia and it is a violation of the PlayNow.com Player Agreement to attempt to purchase if outside of the province.
If your account balance grows above $9,999, you will have 72 hours from the time you exceed the limit to bring the amount to $9,999 or below. If you do not reduce your account balance by that time, BCLC will initiate an account withdrawal.
In an effort to offer you as diverse a gaming offering as possible, PlayNow.com has several different types of games. When playing games under our Lottery, Bingo sections, any winnings may take up to 30 seconds to be credited to your PlayNow.com account balance. If you have questions or concerns about any potential delays, please call Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789.
PlayNow.com offers the chance to win several different life-changing jackpots through our lottery games and our casino progressive jackpots. There are no limits or maximums imposed on the size of a jackpot that can be won by a player. PlayNow.com does, however, impose a daily cumulative win limit (based on a calendar day) at or near $500,000. Progressive jackpots and lottery winnings do NOT contribute to this cumulative daily limit and no progressive jackpot or lottery win amount will be affected by this limit.
BCLC reserves the right to close your Account if it is inactive for one year or more. An Account will be considered inactive if there have been no deposits and no Game purchases during a one year period. In the event that BCLC closes your Account, you must provide BCLC with such additional information as BCLC determines necessary to enable BCLC to deliver the balance of the account (excepting any balance from Tokens) to you.
We've changed the billing name as it appears on all registered player's billing statements. PlayNow.com will now appear on your bill statement rather than B.C. Lottery Corporation (or BCLC).
Some credit card companies charge fees based on BCLC or PlayNow.com being a gambling site, this has nothing to do with how we process transactions and is at the discretion of your issuer. If you are having any issues with transactions going thru, please contact your issuer as BCLC (PlayNow.com) is the only legal and regulated gambling site in British Columbia.
We anticipate a short transition period during the next few weeks to complete this change. Some players will begin to see the name change to their statements on January 10, 2013 but we do anticipate that some financial institutions will take some time to make the change.
The Weekly Transfer-In Limit is the maximum amount that you wish to be able to transfer from your credit card or bank account into your PlayNow.com account during a seven day period.
Key facts about the Weekly Transfer-In Limit:
Yes, the minimum deposit amount is $5.
Some credit card issuers and financial institutions may levy a fee each time you deposit funds into your account. Such fees are not charged by BCLC. Please contact your credit card issuer or financial institution for verification.
Each financial institution develops and supports their own bill payment processes. Most provide customers with a choice of accounts and account types from which to make a bill payment.
Visit the Online Bill Payment section of the FAQs.
Verified by VISA offers cardholders additional security during web-based purchase transactions. Find out more by contacting the financial institution that issued your VISA credit card or by visiting http://www.visa.ca/en/personal/securewithvisa/vbv/index.jsp.
Mastercard 3D SecureCode offers cardholders enhanced protection against unauthorized use of your card during web-based purchase transactions. Find out more by contacting the financial institution that issued your Mastercard credit card or by visiting http://www.mastercard.ca/support/secure-code.html.
Most VISA and MasterCard credit cards issued to British Columbians can be used to deposit funds on PlayNow.com. However, a few card issuers have decided to not accept these types of transactions. If you think you have been affected, please contact your card issuer directly.
The times displayed on PlayNow.com, including those found in your game and transaction history, are impacted by your local computer's time zone configuration, and may not necessarily be correct. To ensure displayed time accuracy please check that your computer's time zone settings are current.
Most major financial institutions offer online or telephone bill payment services in British Columbia. Now you can use the same process to transfer funds into your PlayNow.com account.
You can transfer funds from your financial institution account to your BCLC PlayNow.com account either online or over the phone.
Contact the customer service department of your financial institution for assistance with setting up this service.
Please note that these suggested steps vary slightly amongst financial institutions.
PAYEE will be either British Columbia Lottery Corporation OR PlayNow.com depending on your financial institution.
You are able to transfer the amount that you specified in your Weekly Transfer-In Limit into your PlayNow.com account on a weekly basis (this is a rolling seven day period, not a calendar week from Sunday to Saturday).
Your account has a maximum cash balance limit of $9,999.00. Please note that if you attempt to make a single transfer of more than $9,999.00 by Online Bill Payment, the transaction will be rejected. If a transfer amount causes your total transfers for the past seven days to exceed your Weekly Transfer-In Limit or bring your balance above $9,999.00, the excess amount from the transfer will be automatically returned to your bank account.
Most financial institutions in Canada take one or two business days to process your payment, but the time needed may vary. Once BCLC receives your payment, it will appear as a transaction in your Transactions page. If you'd like to deposit money into your PlayNow.com account immediately, you can use your credit card.
The Interac Online service is a payment option that allows you to pay for goods and services on the internet directly from your bank account. It is secure and easy to use. You can use Interac Online to purchase cash on PlayNow.com. You must have access to web banking at a participating financial institution.
Using Interac Online is simple.
The PlayNow.com Deposit Funds confirmation page will appear notifying you that the Interac Online deposit was successful.
When you use the Interac Online service, you will leave PlayNow.com for a short period of time. You will be automatically redirected to your financial institution's website to complete your transaction and then automatically redirected back to PlayNow.com.
To learn more about Interac Online, take an online tour on Interac's website.
Your Interac Online payment is handled by your Financial Institution so fees, if any, would be levied by your financial institution. Contact your financial institution to inquire about any fees applicable to your Interac Online payment. Any fees incurred are not levied by BCLC. All transactions are in Canadian currency.
Web banking customers belonging to any of these financial institutions can pay using Interac Online service:
To send feedback or to inquire about the Interac Online service, please email email@example.com.
You may withdraw funds from your account at any time subject to BCLC withdrawal policies including the following:
This is a federal requirement under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA).
When you complete the Voluntary Self-Exclusion process on PlayNow.com, the funds in your PlayNow.com account will be withdrawn and refunded back to you.
There are different ways in which we will refund your money depending on the situation:
If your account balance is less than $1,000 and we have your bank account information on record, we will refund the cash to your bank account without having to contact you.
If your account balance is less than $1,000 and we do not have your bank account information on record, a BCLC representative will be contacting you at the telephone number you have provided in your PlayNow.com player profile to retrieve your bank account information.
We will deliver balances under five dollars ($5.00) only by direct deposit. In the event that you do not provide us with a bank account you agree that you shall forfeit all right to the balance in your account.
If your account balance is $1,000 or more, a BCLC representative will be contacting you at the telephone number you have provided in your PlayNow.com player profile to collect your occupation as required by Federal anti-money laundering regulations. If we do not have your bank account information on record, we will need to ask you for this as well. In addition, if your account balance is $100,000 or more, BCLC will refund your money to you by cheque.
Once a withdrawal has been successfully processed, it cannot be modified or cancelled. If you have any concerns please contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 for assistance.
Please allow up to two business days for BCLC to process your withdrawal. Once this is completed, the transaction will typically require approximately one business day before it will appear in your bank account. The time required will vary depending on your financial institution.
A Token is what PlayNow.com awards to players allowing them to make free bets.
Tokens will be given out through various promotions on PlayNow.com. There will be Tokens that are part of promotions that are open to all players as well as Tokens tied to promotions available exclusively to certain players.
To view the promotions currently running on PlayNow.com, visit the promotions page of the game type that you are interested in, for example Casino and Lottery. If you are a PlayNow.com member, you can login and go to the My Promotions page under My Account.
There are two types of Tokens, game specific Tokens that can only be used on specific games and Cash Tokens that can be used to play any games.
No. Any Tokens that have been awarded to your account cannot be redeemed for cash.
The Token Balance field on the games and in the My Account section of PlayNow.com informs the player of the amount of tokens (expressed in $) the player has.
The Token Bet field is visible on Casino games as well as certain other PlayNow.com games. Whenever players have a Token balance, the Token will be used first on the next qualifying bet (i.e. a game that the token is permitted to be used on). Whenever a Token, or part of a token is used, the amount used will appear in the Token Bet field for that bet.
PlayNow.com is available to registered players in Manitoba. Just like players in BC, Manitobans can play on an established, legal website with casino, sports, poker, bingo and lottery products and responsible gambling features. Players in both jurisdictions also benefit from a larger player base for games like poker.
BCLC's priority is to provide the very best products and services to our existing players in BC and Manitoba.
No, you can only play in your province of residence.
Registered players on PlayNow.com in Manitoba can play Casino and Lottery games, Poker, Bingo and Sports betting.
Yes, players in Manitoba, BC and Quebec share a common poker network. Players in Manitoba and BC share a common bingo network.
You'll need to check the specific promotion conditions for eligibility. Some promotions may be open to players in both provinces, while others will be restricted to a specific province. See the specific promotion Conditions for full details.
For an optimal player experience on mobile.playnow.com, we support and recommend using the following operating systems: iOS 5.x and newer; Android 2.3.3 and newer (excluding version 3.x); Blackberry 10.x and newer.
For best performance, we also recommend using the default browser on your mobile phone or tablet. If your operating system version or device is not supported by the PlayNow mobile web app, you will be directed to our full website at PlayNow.com.
Username information is secure, you will need to contact us directly via telephone and we will be happy to help you 24 hours a day. Please contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 or email us.
Once you have set your nickname, it can no longer be changed.
PlayNow.com has gone to considerable lengths to ensure a poker environment where you can play comfortably and know you are protected in case you ever lose your connection while playing. Please refer to House Rules for details about how this works.
BCLC does not offer Disconnection protection for players. Players must act in time otherwise actions are taken. Please refer to House Rules for details.
PlayNow.com is best viewed with a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. This will give you a "full screen" view and is what you are most likely set to. In some instances this setting may not allow you to pull up other programs while playing.
To reduce the image to a "normal" view, you will need to set your screen display to 1024 X 768 to allow the use other programs while playing. To change your current settings, you may do the following:
Finally you may need to reboot your computer to ensure that the new settings are successfully put in place.
We recommend a Pentium 200 MHz with at least 20 MB of free hard disk space and 128 MB of internal RAM memory. Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.
All deposits, player limits and cash game chips are listed in $CAD (Canadian Dollars).
In fixed limit games, the possible betting amount(s) is shown on the buttons when you are seated at the table. Simply click the appropriate button to make a bet.
In Pot Limit and No Limit games, the betting amount may vary. Use the slide bar to select the correct amount or type the exact betting amount in the text box. You can also click the (-) and (+) buttons to change the amount.
During each blind phase, a countdown timer will run for all players required to pay the ante or post a blind. The countdown timer will only be visible to the player to the left of the chip rack. The timer will disappear once the player antes up or posts the blind. If the player doesn't pay the ante or post the blind, that player will not participate in the hand.
If a player is still in the buy-in phase while the ante or blinds phase is underway, a countdown timer will be displayed even though that player isn't participating in the current game.
During cash game play players have a prescribed time to act. This time is indicated with a countdown timer at their chair position. If the player fails to act in time, the hand they are in will be folded. The player will also sit out until they re-join the table.
The amount of money in the pot (and side pots) is clearly stated on the game table.
The table limits are clearly displayed on the game table.
You can choose to play with a four-colour deck instead of the two-colour deck. You find the selection for that on the SETTINGS tab, and when selected, all new tables you open will use the four-coloured deck.
You can play at multiple tables at the same time and each started table is presented in its own window. Buttons in the lobby and at each table (standard view only) allow you to navigate between the first five opened tables, and required actions are indicated in the table display in the lobby and at the tables.
It is not possible in a tournament to request a seat change.
In cash game play, once seated, players can change the appearance of the position of their chair. Using the "Chair" icon in the bottom right corner of the poker room allows the player to sit in a different location. This DOES NOT change the position of the player relative to the button; it merely changes the graphical representation of the player at the table.
If the chair icon does not appear in the poker room, this function is not available.
You can keep notes on your opponents and read the notes whenever you are logged in. To make a note on another player, click on the player's avatar. Type your text and click OK. Once a note is entered, an icon will appear by their name. No one else can see your notes and they are stored locally on your computer.
You may participate in the table chat. To chat at the table, enter the message in the textbox and click SEND or just hit Enter on your keyboard.
It is possible to choose between four levels of chat content to be displayed at the table. To change the content being displayed, click the MENU button and then SETTINGS. Here, you will be able to select from the following four options:
It is possible to mute the chat of another player seated at your table. To mute the chat of another player, click on the mute icon at the top of the player's avatar. This choice is saved for each player between logins.
You can request a history of your hand by selecting the "request hand history" option from the Live Help tab right at the table! The history information is stored locally on your computer and is presented in a separate web browser window.
Extensive game statistics are accumulated for each game you play. Click the MENU button and then STATISTICS at the game table to open the game statistics tab. You can reset the data by clicking RESET.
When you decide you wish to leave the table, just click on the MENU button and then the LEAVE TABLE button. If a hand in which you are playing is currently in progress, it is suggested you click "Sit out" to allow you to leave the table when the hand is complete. Of course, if you fold your hand, you may leave the game at that time as well. If you'd like to rejoin the table you exited from at a later time, you will be required to bring to the table, at minimum, the amount of money you left with. For example, if you choose to leave a $25/$50 table with $500 and you'd like to return to the table at a later time, you must buy-in for at least $500 when rejoining.
On each individual game there is a Question Mark in the navigation bar just above the main game screen. Clicking on this Question Mark will open a page that contains information related to that game.
Yes. All Casino games on PlayNow.com have an option to play-for-free. In order to ensure that only players age 19 or older access our games, even for fun, you must login to your account to access the play-for-free games.
The PlayNow.com Casino offers several table games. Every game has its special rules and intricacies that make the game play unique. Inside each game, there is a Help Section so that you are aware of how to wager, how to win and what the winnings paid to you are. The PlayNow.com Casino encourages all players to use this information and to "Know your limit and play within it".
You will find some different, and some similar titles and versions of games that BCLC offers in land based casinos and gaming centres. You will also find some unique game features on PlayNow.com that are not offered on land based games. The odds of winning a wager on the games and the payouts of all the games are very similar to BCLC's land based facilities.
Overall, you can rest assured that PlayNow.com offers an exciting and fair gaming experience for you no matter where you choose to play.
Above the main game-play screen there is an Options button that lists different features for you to use. You can turn the game sound On or Off separately from the sound on your computer, you can change the quality of the graphics from High to Medium to Low. You can choose from several available cloth colours on our table games. You can engage Turbo mode which does not display the animations during the game. You can also access the Help section from the Options menu.
If you are playing a PlayNow.com game and a decision is required from you to proceed (like hit or stand in blackjack), the game will wait for you to make that decision even if you have to close the game client or perform other actions.
If you require more funds, you can proceed to the Deposit page and load more funds to your Account. When you re-enter the game, your balance will update with the newly deposited funds. If you are ever forced to leave the game client, or choose to leave the game client with an unfinished hand, you will be prompted to complete this hand prior to continuing play on that game.
For player convenience, an Auto Spin button is provided on most slot machines and some games on our Games Tab. This button when pressed will automatically spin the reels for you in sequence. Wins will be shown and credited to your account before the next spin. As our games evolve, there are some different Auto Spin functionalities you should be aware of.
Spin Amounts – Some of our games provide the player with the opportunity to specify exactly how many spins the Auto Spin should engage for. Other games give the player the option of spinning for 5, 10, or 25 spins.
Spin Countdown – On the games where the player can specify the exact number of spins, the meter will countdown from that number until it gets to 1. After that spin, the player will have to re-select Auto Spin or choose another action.
On the games listed below, no Auto Spin countdown will be displayed to the player during play. It is important to remember that you can stop the Auto Spin at any time, either by closing the game or pressing the "Stop" button (which is normally the "Spin" button, but changes to "Stop" when Auto Spin is engaged). Auto Spin does not obligate you to any spin that you do not want to make. Auto Spin will also stop automatically if you do not have enough funds in your account to place the bet. Here are the games where there is no countdown display for Auto Spins:
This function allows the player to increase their wager by doubling or tripling the amount of the last base wager with one click.
PlayNow.com offers several Progressive Jackpots whose total is dependent on player wagering activity. PlayNow.com endeavours to show accurate Progressive Jackpot meters on each respective game, however, imperfections in the internet may hinder the accuracy of the meter display. The exact amount of each Progressive Jackpot is recorded by the BCLC computer system at the time of your wager. In the event of any dispute or discrepancy regarding any aspect of your purchase and/or play decisions, THE INFORMATION IN THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WILL PREVAIL, AND ONLY THE PURCHASE AND/OR PLAY DECISION RECORDED BY THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME.
In the event that a progressive jackpot is discontinued, the funds from that jackpot will be added to a similar game of BCLC's choice. The funds are defined as the amount contributed by players, or the amount contributed by BCLC based on wagers made by players, MINUS the seed amount of the progressive jackpot. The seed amount can be found in the game specific "More Information" pages.
BCLC may occasionally add funds to the progressive jackpots.
If you are playing a PlayNow.com game and a decision is required from you to proceed (like hit or stand in blackjack), the game will wait for you to make that decision even if you have to close the game client or perform other actions. Funds wagered will remain in this state until such time that you complete that game or your account becomes inactive. If your Account becomes inactive, any wagered funds from incomplete games will be void.
After placing your bet, if your play is terminated in any way, the result of your play will still stand. When you return to that game you will be prompted to complete the game you were playing. You need to do this before you will be able to play that game again. In the event of any dispute or discrepancy regarding any aspect of your purchase and/or play decisions, THE INFORMATION IN THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WILL PREVAIL, AND ONLY THE PURCHASE AND/OR PLAY DECISION RECORDED BY THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME.
The Cash Spent balance tracks the amount of money that you have wagered on PlayNow during your current session/login. The balance will update as you play games. For games with a gamble (double-up) feature, the balance will wait until you start your next game before updating, just in case you wish to gamble your winnings.
When you're logged into your PlayNow account, and you go more than 30 minutes without interacting with the website, you will be logged out automatically. You won't be logged out when playing any Casino game that displays a progressive jackpot, since the progressive jackpot is updated in real time automatically, which counts as an interaction with the website.
We've updated sports betting on PlayNow.com to reflect industry standards and player demand, featuring an increased variety of sports, leagues, tournaments and events, and new ways to bet.
There is no change to Sports Action's current sports games; it's just that they are no longer available on PlayNow.com in order to offer the new sportsbook. Sports Action is still available for purchase at all lottery retailers. Sports Action menus and odds are still available for viewing online at bclc.com.
While it won't be called 'Oddset', many sporting events will still offer a bet (like Oddset) where you can choose either the Home team to Win, the Visitor team to Win or the Tie. Often these bets are referred to as 'Win-Draw-Win' or 'Match Result'. Keep in mind, with these types of bets the SPORTS ACTION TIE RULES DO NOT APPLY. If teams are tied in points (or goals) at the end of regulation time (or the time of the game as specified in the terms of the bet offered) then it's a TIE. Simple.
In some sports or events, Win-Draw-Win bets may not be available - however you can still usually always bet on the winning Team or Player – it's just that the Tie option is not available.
Of course you can! Spread betting is available on most events offered on PlayNow Sports. Spread bets are found under the names 'Point Spread', 'Spread' or 'Handicap' depending on the sport or event.
We couldn't call ourselves a sportsbook if we didn't offer betting on the Total amount of Goals/Points/Runs scored in the game or match! Not only do we have Over/Under bets on end of Game totals, now you can bet on various Totals throughout the game on periods/quarters/half-time/innings etc. Check your favourite events to see what's available.
The new PlayNow Sports really is a 'game-changer'. Besides the new look, the sportsbook now offers more sports, more leagues, tournaments and more types of bets than ever before. New parlay options, single bets, Futures and Outrights, Money Back Specials, immediate settlement and payment on winning bets and betting on LIVE games while they're in-play are some of the most significant enhancements. Along with all of the new offers, also come new betting rules and conditions (different than Sports Action). Be sure to familiarize yourself with the betting rules for the sports you bet on - as whether your bets win or lose your bets will be determined accordingly.
While you now have the ability to parlay a Money Line (Match Result) bet with a Point Totals bet - you aren't able to do it if the bets are from the same event or game. Any bets that are deemed directly 'correlated' will not be permitted as a parlay.
Unfortunately due to current Canadian law, we are still unable to offer single event betting. If the law changes (as currently is proposed with Private Member Bill C-290) we will make betting on single-events available. Details and the current status of Bill C-290 can be found here.
PlayNow however, does offer some 'single' bets in as much as those bets are comprised of 'Embedded Parlay(s)' and a wager can be placed without combining another offer. For example, a 'Correct Score' bet can be offered as a 'single', as it requires the prediction of BOTH the correct score of each team (or player) in order to successfully win the bet. All bets designated as 'singles' are highlighted throughout the site with "single" icon next to the offer.
Unfortunately due to current Canadian law, we are still unable to offer bets on Fighting or Racing. If the law changes (as currently is proposed with Private Member Bill C-290) we will certainly consider offering bets on these sports.
PlayNow gives you the option to view the odds in 3 different formats. Below is brief description of the 3 different formats:
With Decimal odds, multiply the value of the odds with your wager to determine your potential win. The outcome with the lowest odds is projected as the most likely outcome (or 'favourite') and vice-versa the outcome with the highest odds being the least likely to occur (also known as the 'dog').
Example: With decimal odds of 2.50 and wager amount of $10, this bet would potentially return $25.
For a parlay bet, the total odds of a bet are determined by multiplying the value of all the odds and then multiplying by the amount bet.
Example: With decimal odds of 2.50 and 4.00 and wager amount of $10, this bet would potentially return $100.
American odds (also sometimes referred to as "Money Line" odds) reveal the amount you must wager or can win on any selection based on a $100 increment. The favoured outcome is always displayed as a negative number.
Example: If the odds offered on a particular outcome are -110, it means that in order to 'win' $100 you would need to bet $110. If the odds are +110, it means that if you wagered $100, you would win $110. In this example you would calculate your payout by also adding your initial stake (wager).
With Fractional odds, the numerator represents the amount to win from the wager amount shown in denominator. Example: Odds of 1/3 mean that bettor would win $1 for each $3 staked (thus equal to 1.33 in decimal format), and 2/1 mean that bettor wins $2 for each unit staked (thus equal 3.00 in decimal format). So, with a stake of $100, potential win on first bet is $133.33, and on the second bet, potential win is $300.
To change the odds format, use the odds format selector found near the bottom of the left navigation bar and select your preferred format from the drop down menu.
Promotions offering Freebets are offered from time to time. To review the availability and details of any Freebet promotion, check the Sports Promotions page.
There are several ways to view the Freebets available to you. Once logged in to your account:
1. Click on the 'My Account' link at the top right corner of the page. Freebets will be visible under the Token Balance section.
2. Click on the 'My Account' link at the top right corner of the page. Click on 'My Promotions'. Freebets will be visible under Promotions Earned area.
Click on the Betslip. Freebets are visible near the bottom of the betslip.
When a selection(s) is added to the bet slip that meets the conditions of your Freebet, a 'tick box' will appear near the bottom of the slip with the Name of the qualifying Freebet AND the value of that Freebet. Once the Freebet 'Tick Box' is checked, the Freebet will be used towards your bet purchase. You must enter the amount of the Freebet (or a value higher than the Freebet) into the wager amount box in order to successfully place the Freebet.
You must use the entire value of a Freebet token on one bet.
It is possible to add additional money from your wallet to a Freebet amount to increase the size of your wager as long as the conditions of the Freebet are met in one of your picks (e.g. for an NHL Freebet - and an NHL bet has been selected), other picks can be added for a parlay bet (subsequent to all applicable betting rules). For example, a $10 NHL Freebet Token could be used to make a $10 parlay bet with one NHL pick, one NFL Football pick and one EPL Soccer pick.
Yes, your Freebet balance will be separate from your other tokens.
No, only Freebets that appear in My Account can be used for Sports bets.
Freebet Token must be spent on either a single bet or a parlay bet within a single transaction on the bet slip. It is not possible to use a Freebet Token across multiple bets on your bet slip. For example, you are not able to use $5 of a $10 Freebet token towards a Single bet and the remaining $5 of the token to a parlay bet.
It is not possible to use a Freebet and wager LESS than the value of the Freebet. For example, you are not able to use a $10 Freebet on a $5 bet.
When you win a bet for which you have placed using a Freebet, only the prize amount of that bet will be returned to your wallet. The value of your Freebet Token will NOT be returned to your wallet.
Only one Freebet may be used on the bet slip in any transaction.
Yes, you may use both cash and a Freebet to complete a bet slip. For example, if the final bet slip amount is $20 and you use a $10 Freebet, $10 will be deducted from your wallet.
No, there are no wager requirements for a Freebet.
You will receive a Freebet back on any correct Money Back Special, up to a $100 Freebet.
Not always. Freebets earned through promotions and offers may be used for every possible bet or scaled down for use on one specific line or sport only. The Freebet earned will always be outlined in the terms and conditions of the promotion or offer. What you can use your Freebet on is outlined in 'Token Balance' in My Account.
A lottery subscription gives you two options to schedule the purchase of a lottery ticket on PlayNow.com. Depending on the game, you can specify from 2 – 104 consecutive draws or choose Never Miss a Draw. Learn more about lottery subscriptions.
If you use Never Miss a Draw you do not need to specify the number of consecutive draws. Your numbers will be entered into all upcoming consecutive draws as long as your Account contains sufficient cash and/or Tokens or until you stop your subscription.
No. If you chose Quick Pick (includes Quick Pick Packages) as part of your lottery subscription, the original numbers from the first ticket will be used for all subsequent draws in your lottery subscription. The numbers will NOT be randomly generated for each draw in your subscription.
Yes. If you include Extra as part of your lottery subscription, the Extra numbers will be different and randomly re-generated for each draw.
As long as you have enough money and/or tokens in your account, your subscription will continue to purchase tickets for you. If there isn't enough money in your account before the next draw, your subscription will be put on hold and you will receive an email with directions to replay your subscription. While your subscription is on hold, no ticket will be purchased while your account has insufficient funds. The only way to replay your lottery subscription for the next draw is to deposit more money into your account, select replay on that subscription on the My Subscriptions page and complete your purchase. If your subscription is on hold for at least 1 lottery draw, your subscription will be stopped.
To avoid having your lottery subscription stopped, please ensure you have sufficient funds for each draw.
No, lottery tickets purchased on PlayNow.com cannot be cancelled.
Lotto 6/49 and LOTTO MAX draws are conducted by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation in Toronto. BC/49, Extra, Keno, Pacific Hold'Em Poker and SportsFunder 50/50 draws are conducted at our Kamloops office. The public is welcome to attend. Contact the Kamloops office to reserve your seat.
BCLC has stringent physical and procedural security in place to ensure the integrity of all draws.
Draws may be conducted by any method established by BCLC. The most common is through computerized draw technology, such as an Automated Draw Machine (ADM).
Lotto 6/49 and LOTTO MAX (and associated BC/49 and Extra) winning numbers appear on PlayNow.com and bclc.com as early as 7 p.m. In some instances, numbers may take longer to post.
Lotto 6/49 and LOTTO MAX sales are cut off at 6 p.m. Pacific time on draw days.
The majority of sales for other lottery brands are quick picks, and consumer research indicates that most people would have one set of numbers they would want to pick, but not three.
Once the main jackpot reaches $50 million, LOTTO MAX kicks into MAXMILLIONS™ mode – additional prizes of $1 million each.
Once the jackpot reaches $50 million, additional jackpot funding will then be directed into additional prizes of $1 million each called MAXMILLIONS™. A separate draw will be held for each additional $1 million prize being offered. Example: $58 million jackpot = One $50 million jackpot + Eight $1 million MAXMILLIONS™.
Any $1 million MAXMILLIONS™ prizes that are not won will be applied to the next week's base jackpot. So, for example, if four $1 million prizes are not won and the $50 million is won, then the jackpot for the following draw would be $14 million. ($10 million base, plus $4 million).
As with the main jackpot, each MAXMILLIONS™ prize of $1 million will be equally shared among the winning tickets for that prize.
The number of additional MAXMILLIONS™ prizes of $1 million will be determined by the level of sales for the draw.
With its great prizes, $10 million base jackpot and the unique MAXMILLIONS™ draws, LOTTO MAX is great value, with players receiving three chances (seven numbers each) for a $5 play.
When looking at jackpot winners in the short term, statistical anomalies may occur. A longer term view of jackpot winners provides a more accurate picture.
Since BCLC was incorporated in 1985, until the end of fiscal year 2007/08, Ontario and Quebec players have won or shared 67.24 per cent of Lotto 6/49 jackpots. This figure is roughly equivalent to the 66.70 per cent of tickets bought there during this time. Over the same time period, B.C. players won or shared 12.83 per cent of the jackpots and purchased 12.75 per cent of the tickets sold.
Every six-number selection sold for each Lotto 6/49 draw has a 1 in 13,983,816 chance of winning the jackpot, regardless of where the ticket was purchased.
The grand prize on BC/49 is set at $2 million.
BC/49 has a smaller player base than the national Lotto 6/49 game and was designed to accumulate funds in its prize pool so that money is available to pay the grand prize when it's won.
Average sales per draw for BC/49 are under $2 million. The only way BCLC can offer a game with a $2 million grand prize for B.C. only is if the game has a jackpot that does not roll to a higher amount.
For more information on winning the Bad Beat Jackpot please visit the Pacific Hold'Em page to find out how to play.
You can bet $2 per ticket. You can purchase up to 5 tickets per draw.
Draws take place every 6 minutes. A countdown clock in the bottom left corner of the screen will tell you how much time is remaining until the next draw.
Yes you can raise your bet to $4, $6, $8 or $10 after viewing the cards on your ticket and any time prior to the draw starting. Once the deal animation starts, you can no longer purchase a ticket or raise a bet on any tickets for that draw.
One standard 52 card deck is used. There are no jokers or wild cards.
Pacific Hold'Em tickets purchased online at PlayNow.com cannot be cancelled and cannot be replayed.
You win a share for every $2 you bet if you have a better 5-card hand (using one or both of your cards and the community cards) than the four opponents on the screen. A share is determined by the total amount in the prize pot (it's a pari-mutuel game).
The best 5 card hand of all the ticket holders will win. Any ticket holder with that winning hand wins a share of the jackpot for every $2 they have bet on their ticket.
Bingo games are played on the PlayNow.com site. The games are very similar to regular bingo in that players win a prize if they match the right patterns on their Bingo cards. Numbers are called and shown on the screen in the call board area. Numbers are automatically marked on your cards (or "tickets") unless the settings are changed to manual daub .
Each Bingo game (or "draw") continues until a Full Card win occurs. If more than one player wins at the same time, the prize will be shared equally amongst them.
All games use 75 balls.
Select the Play Game button from the Bingo pages.
Once the Bingo window is open, click the mini game you want to play.
Players from BC, Manitoba and Quebec contribute towards mini game jackpots when they play a particular mini game that has a jackpot.
No, the mini game jackpots standalone to that game only. Contributions come from players in BC, Manitoba and Quebec.
Bingo and mini games are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
A minimum of two players is required for a Bingo draw to be played. If you have purchased card(s) in a draw and there are less than two players, the game will be cancelled and your purchase will be refunded to your PlayNow.com Account.
A pop-up with winners and prizes will momentarily appear above the ticket area to inform all players immediately after a prize has been won.
Each Bingo room has a progressive jackpot in which a percentage of all sales are added to the jackpot. The jackpot is won or shared by the first player(s) to get blackout within the specified number of ball calls.
In the event that a Bingo game or jackpot is discontinued, the funds from that jackpot will be added to an unclaimed prize fund. This fund grows with unclaimed prizes from all lottery games we offer and is used to fund special or bonus lottery prizes. In this way, the money always goes back to players.
PlayNow.com may occasionally add funds to the progressive jackpots.
If more than one player wins the jackpot at the same time on the same game, the jackpot will be shared equally amongst them.
Computer or internet connection problems will not affect the game outcome. After you purchase your game, if your play is terminated in any way, the result of your play will still stand.
For Bingo games, if you return to the game before the draw is over you can view the remainder of the draw. If you return to the game and the draw is over you can view the results in your Account History in your PlayNow.com player profile.
No, once a player confirms a Bingo purchase it cannot be cancelled.
In a single Bingo game you may buy anywhere between 1 to 60 "tickets" each of which consists of a single card.
Yes, use the Autobuy button in the Bingo game window to buy up to 60 tickets for up to 10 consecutive games as you wish.
A chat alias is a name that players choose to represent themselves in Bingo. Your chat alias must be unique, may be from 6 to 10 characters long using letters and numbers and may include periods, spaces or underscores (".". " " or "_") as special characters. Your chat alias will be shown in the chat window when you are in a Bingo game. If you win a prize, your chat alias and prize amount will be displayed for other players to view. To play Bingo and mini games or to chat with other players, you need to create a chat alias.
Chat Moderators are present in the Bingo chat rooms to ensure chat conversations are fun and appropriate, play Chat Games, and answer Bingo questions. Chat Moderators also respond to any issues that occur during chat such as offensive behaviour.
For more information regarding Chat see the Bingo Community page.
Click the drop-down on the top, left of the chat area to switch from the English to the French chat room. The default chat room will be the English chat room.
Chat Games are provided as a way for Bingo players and chatters to have more chances of win a prize and provide extra entertainment while playing Bingo. A chat prize is awarded in chat to active players who are playing Bingo at the time the Chat Game is run.
For more information regarding Chat Games see the Bingo Community page.
The MC will announce in chat before a Chat Game is going to be played and will explain the mechanics and rules of the particular Chat Game.
If the Chat Game is a number game, the MC will then ask the players for their numbers before starting. Each player must submit the numbers they wish to play, following the MCâs instructions and submitting them in the same format requested by the MC. They will have until a few moments before the Bingo game starts to do so.
The MC's decision on which Chat Game is played, when, and who is a valid participant, is final.
The deadline for participation ends as soon as the MC types "NO MORE ANSWERS" or something similar to that message. Any player who submits their numbers after this moment will be disqualified from this Chat Game.
To claim the prize when the chosen numbers are called, or when submitting a trivia answer, the player must type the Chat Game's word in capitals and with three asterisks on either side. For example: ***TRIVIA***
Any player that does not place the asterisks exactly as instructed by the MC on duty when submitting numbers or claiming a prize, will not be considered for that Chat Game.
To be able to participate in the Chat Games and be eligible to win a prize, it is essential that the player has purchased at least one ticket for the Bingo game in progress.
Only active players, specifically those who have made a deposit in the last 7 days, will be eligible to win a Chat Game prize.
In order for a Chat Game to be played, there must be a minimum of 5 players having purchased tickets for the Bingo game in play at the time the Chat Game is run.
So that everyone has an equal opportunity to win, the winner of a Chat Game must sit out of the next Chat Game. This player will be able to participate again after this game.
Chat prizes are awarded in accordance with the Chat Game Rules by the Chat MCs.
GameSense is an innovative approach to responsible gambling resources, designed specifically with players in mind. By combining responsible play education, information about all of our games and the risks associated with gambling, you'll be able to make educated decisions that will help make sure your play is balanced by informed choice.
BCLC has a variety of safeguards and controls throughout the PlayNow.com site. These include:
The program enables you to voluntarily exclude yourself from accessing PlayNow.com, for a pre-determined amount of time. Research has shown that when Voluntary Self-Exclusion is combined with treatment, it can be one of the most effective means to stop gambling.
You can enroll in the program directly on PlayNow.com.
Once you have enrolled in the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program, you will not be able to revoke your enrollment.
Self-exclusion starts the moment you sign up and lasts for the period of time chosen by you. Voluntary Self-Exclusion can't be revoked. It ends when the agreed upon exclusion period ends.
BCLC will cancel your Player Account and pay out any unredeemed cash in your PlayNow.com account once you have completed the online form.
The length of the exclusion is up to you. Choose from:
It's understandable to want to help a loved one who is in trouble. However, only the person seeking exclusion can sign up. No one can do it for them.
The intent of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program is to eliminate temptation by prohibiting you from entering an environment where you may be inclined to engage in an activity you have personally identified as a problem. Enrolling in the Voluntary Self-Exclusion is a commitment you make to yourself and it is a commitment that we support; therefore the contract cannot be revoked.
GameSense reinforces our focus on keeping it fun. GameSense involves learning how the games work and the odds of winning and losing. Using your GameSense means balancing the fun part of gambling with the need to stay in control and within your boundaries.
Do you have trouble sticking to a budget when you play? It's time to review your weekly deposit limit.
If gambling no longer feels like a game, the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program can help. Learn more.