07|19|2010 10:44 am EDT
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.