BC Casinos To Implement ID Verification As Part Of Self-Exclusion

Written By Matthew Lomon on May 18, 2023 - Last Updated on May 19, 2023
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British Columbia casinos will soon require customers to present government-issued identification upon entry to all of the province’s gaming facilities. Currently, there are 36 casinos and community gaming centres in BC.

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s decision comes as part of an initiative to support people who have registered for self-exclusion. The new measures will go live this summer, with more information, including the exact implementation date, available in the coming weeks.

Casino security staff will scan player IDs, which then cross-references entrants with a list of users who are restricted from entering casino grounds, along with those taking part in the Game Break self-exclusion program. The system will not store any personal information for those cleared to enter the casino.

New measures fuelled by BCLC’s primary objective

When BCLC first introduced Game Break in February, its goal was to have the healthiest players in the world. In the months since, that commitment has not changed.

Part of what makes the program unique from others of its kind, is that participants directly influence how it grows. In its statement, BCLC says that Game Break registrants believe ID checks “will best support their choice” to remain away from gambling facilities.

Game Break is a voluntary and confidential offering for individuals struggling with gambling addiction. Specifically, the program grants players control over the terms of their rehabilitation, letting them decide how long of a break they need from wagering facilities and platforms.

Individuals who enrol in Game Break are also voluntarily withdrawing their access to PlayNow.com, BC’s only legal gambling website.

ID verification to provide safety net for Game Break participants

According to BCLC, the onus is on the player to abide by individual self-exclusion conditions. However, understanding that this may be difficult, the new identification system will serve as an added layer of protection.

“While it remains the responsibility of enrolled individuals to honour their personal commitment, enhanced identification requirements at B.C. casinos will help them take a break from gambling by preventing attempted entry to gambling facilities.”

On that note, the crown corporation also reiterated that it is mandatory for players to always carry valid identification. Doing so is necessary to confirm age or identity for processes such as claiming jackpot prizes.

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Matthew Lomon has been a contributor at Catena Media’s network of regional sites since July 2022. He first broke into covering the legal North American gambling industry with PlayCanada. Since then, Matthew's reporting has extended to PlayMichigan, PlayPennsylvania, and PlayIllinois. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Matthew is an avid (bordering on fanatic) sports fan.

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