BCLC to implement ID checks at retail venues
The BCLC will be implementing strengthened ID checks at BC gambling establishments starting next week.
Starting on Monday, gamblers in the Canadian province of British Columbia will have their IDs scanned and checked against the province’s database of restricted individuals, which will include players registered with BC’s self-exclusion scheme, Game Break. The operator added that the verification process will only store the ID data of self-excluded players.
The CEO and President of the BCLC, Pat Davis, commented:
“Since we announced our latest upcoming changes last month, we have been working hard to raise awareness of the new requirements and systems for our players, along with why they will play a sizable role in assisting gamblers who have asked to not be allowed to enter gambling establishments in the province. British Columbia will be one of the first jurisdictions in the North American continent to require IDs at retail establishments, highlighting our dedication to offering the safest gambling environment possible.”
The BCLC originally announced this change back in May, as the company found through numerous Game Break reviews that most self-excluded gamblers in the province believed that ID verifications at gambling and betting establishments were the most optimal methods of preventing them from gambling.