The Ontario province in Canada has gotten their very first legally regulated online gaming site, as PlayOLG.ca has successfully launched. OLG will be inviting their 53,000 Winners Circle Rewards Program to test their new website and provide critical feedback to improve the site, before doing an official launch for the general public.
Within a few weeks the site will go public in different stages, putting online their various online gambling offerings, such as online casino games and lottery coupons. Players will gain access to online roulette, slot machines and video-poker, providing them with the most basic forms of casino entertainment.
According to reports made by the OLG, Ontario citizens spends upwards of CAD$500 million on online gaming sites every single year. With PlayOLG, they are hoping to be able to take a large part of that market and pay CAD$375 million back to the states within the next five years.
“As a new line of business, PlayOLG will provide more money to the Government of Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities,” PlayOLG said in a press release to Ottawa CTV News.
To ensure that the site will have a healthy environment for gamblers, the Lottery and Gambling Commission and PlayOLG will be forcing players to set maximum weekly deposit periods, integrate cool down periods as well as do security checks for players, studying their gambling habits.
With the new regulated site for Ontario citizens, Ontario follows in the footstep of other Canadian provinces who have launched regulated online gaming sites, such as Quebec and British Columbia.