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Planning a Charity Poker Tourney in BC, Canada?

February 15 Sandra Wong

Are you looking to run poker tournaments in lower mainland? So you want to know if you need a license from BCLC or the rules around it? The department you need to contact is Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of BC, Canada, and they control all the gaming activities in BC.

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Gaming Activities in B.C.

British Columbians may choose to participate in a broad range of gaming activities, such as major lotteries, horse racing, slot machines and table games in casinos, and local licensed gaming events such as 50/50 draws.

The ministry’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch regulates all gaming in British Columbia, including the operations of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, which conducts and manages commercial gaming in the province.

The gaming policy and enforcement branch website also has info on:

  • Gaming grants and licenses
  • Legislation and policies
  • Responsible gaming acts

Direct links to gaming grants and licenses are here: 

Gaming revenues benefit people and communities province-wide through gaming grants and other disbursements by government. Your community organization may also apply to the Branch for a gaming licence to earn revenue for eligible purposes.



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