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07|19|2010 10:44 am EDT

Province of BC Overwhelmed by Success of Online Gambling Site

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous

PlayNow.com Screenshot announcing "Technical Difficulties"While the US state of Kentucky is fighting online gambling by seizing domain names, the Canadian Province of British Columbia has decided to try to get a part of the online gambling cake and was apparently overwhelmed by its success.

The British Columbia Lotter Corporation had launched its controversial online gambling site, PlayNow.com, last Thursday and was shut down by the initial spike of traffic.

“It’s been an overwhelming success with people in British Columbia to the point where we hit 100 per cent capacity in the first day,” Michael Graydon, president of the corporation, said Friday.

“So we decided to close the site down for a half a day, add some new hardware and servers to the system to be able to accommodate it. We’re in the process of doing that. Our IT people are working very hard to get it up and running.”

The site is still offline today. It will include casino games, bingo, sports, lotteries and other games and is expected to generate about $100 million in revenue.

[Via CBC]

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5 Comments

Dean

July 19, 2010 @ 3:42 pm EDT

It’s ridiculous, the US spends untold amounts of money battling online gambling while much needed revenue could be generated if it was legalized and regulated. I just don’t get it!?

Diane

July 19, 2010 @ 5:49 pm EDT

I think, USA should follow BC Canada.

Tim Davids

July 19, 2010 @ 7:43 pm EDT

They should be using Casino.ca or similar name but It’s great to see someone doing things right…go Canada!

Josh

July 20, 2010 @ 12:27 am EDT

Owning a premium .ca domain with little traffic such as casino.ca wouldnt make a difference to the bottom line. It comes down to branding ANY name and the lotto corp has the outlet already. In fact a premium .com would work better lol

While I agree it would be cool for them to use casino(s) it isnt a necessity at all.

Mike

July 20, 2010 @ 11:30 pm EDT

@Dean: The US spends untold amounts of money on TONS of crap that make zero sense. And, we’re about to spend even more……… you watch. We’re doomed and if no one else can see it then you’re all blind!

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