British Columbia Online Gambling: an Expert Guide

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Our Guide to Gambling in BC

The beautiful province of British Columbia is the third-most populated in the country and it is the westernmost province in Canada. It is also a province where online gambling, from sports betting to casino to poker, is extremely popular.

Online Gambling in British Columbia FAQs

British Columbia Gambling Laws

Much like the rest of Canada, players in British Columbia will not get in trouble from the law for playing at offshore online casinos, online sports betting books and online poker rooms. The toughest gambling laws are toward the operators, but as for the players, there are no problems.

As long as you play at a safe and secure casino, sports betting site or poker room on the internet, you will be fine.

Does British Columbia Have Land-Based Casinos?

Yes. British Colombia has 32 land-based casinos placed in 30 different cities. Kamloops and Kelowna each have two casinos, while the rest have only a single casino.

Those who plan a casino visit in Vancouver will need to go to Parq Vancouver. Several other casinos exist in Vancouver’s metropolitan area.



Does British Columbia Have Any Legal Betting Tracks / Shops?

Yes. British Colombia has one traditionoal horse track and two horse track casinos.

The traditional horse track is Desert Park in the city of Osoyoos.

The two racinos are Elements Casino Surrey in Surrey and Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver.

Does British Columbia Allow Off-Track Betting?

Yes. British Columbia has a number off track betting facilities and teletheater companies. For instance, TBC Teletheater BC has OTBs in Chilliwack, Vernon, Penticton, Squamish, and Surrey.

Does British Columbia Allow Charitable Gambling?

Yes. BC’s Gambling & Fundraising Division of its Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture Department regulates charitable gambling in the province.

Charitable gaming groups can host bingo events, raffles, and poker nights. They can also operate temporary social occasion casinos. Another game available to charitable gaming groups is Wheel of Fortune.

Several good examples of British Colombia’s bingo halls are Planet Bingo in Vancouver, Harbour City Bingo in Nanaimo, and Bingo Equimalt in Victoria.

Is Social Gaming Allowed in British Columbia?

No. British Columbia bans unlicensed private poker games. That being said, BC has a number of live poker rooms in its land-based casinos. The list of casinos with poker rooms includes Parq Vancouver, River Rock Casino, Playtime Casino, Treasure Cover Casino, Cascades Casino, Billy Barker Casino, Chances, and Grand Villa Casino.

Also, BC charitable gambling organizations sometimes host poker nights.

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