The latest news coming from the BC Lottery Corporation’s trouble-plagued PlayNow.com: it’s got a loophole that allows users to game its system. Tiffany Crawford has the story, via the Vancouver Sun:
The deal was posted on redflagdeals.com on Sept. 1, and soon after began drawing numerous comments from players offering tips on how to make a quick $100.
Here’s how the deal works: If you make a single deposit of $100 or more before Oct. 5 and wager $100 on any PlayNow.com casino game, then the B.C. Lottery Corp. (BCLC) will give you a $100 casino token.
But players say if you know how to play two hands at a low level game like baccarat, it’s easy to exploit the deal and walk away with an extra $97.50 — after the $2.50 commission — in minutes.
One player described how he cashed out with $195, while his wife walked away with $205. He then added: “I consider this my HST rebate.”
BCLC claims there is no software glitch and that it is a promotional drive to attract more clients.
But UBC student Timin Hadi, 27, said he finds that hard to believe. He played two hands of baccarat on the site to get his $100 after a friend of his, who studies gambling management, told him about the loophole.
“It seems to me like an oversight. But I guess if one out of every ten people becomes a degenerate gambler and loses $1,000 it might be worth it but that doesn’t make sense to me.”
He said the difference is that unlike other online gambling sites where you have to bet multiple times on a game to get the bonus cash, on the BCLC site you only have to bet once.
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The BC Lottery Corporation has had problems with little things like open-ness and transparency before, so it’s not too surprising a notion that they might be fudging for a screw-up on their part.
But even if this is being used as a form of incentive, the question is raised: how is this supposed to deal with problem gamblers? As Shane Simpson, the NDP’s gambling critic, points out later on in the article:
“I don’t believe government should be doing that as a way to encourage more people to gamble when we know that a lot of people who get engaged in that have a problem.”
It should be noted that the BC Lottery Corporation has run into this particular problem vis-a-vis problem gamblers before, as the BC government maintains its rather tortured back-and-forth on gambling.
The PlayNow.com saga continues.