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Province rolls out online gambling option

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A new regulated online gambling site for Manitobans -- PlayNow.Com -- was launched today.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries says the site will give Manitobans a safe and secure way to play roulette or a hand of poker. Other games include live poker, video poker, slots and Blackjack. There will also be live sports betting on a variety of leagues, tournaments and events, according to a news release.

Later this year, live bingo and some lottery products will also be available online.

"We are pleased to offer Manitobans a reputable and safe online gambling option," said Winston Hodgins, president and CEO of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. "Players can be confident in the extensive safety and security measures that are in place to protect their personal information, their bets and their deposits."

Carolin Taubensee, executive general manager of eGaming at Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, said the site has several distinctive products such as live poker, which connects players from Manitoba, B.C. and Quebec.

"We are confident that Manitobans will really enjoy playing on this exciting site, which is based on British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) PlayNow.com platform. Manitoba residents who are 18 years or older may register to play on the site.

Revenues from PlayNow.com will be reinvested into Manitoba communities, lotteries officials said. Three per cent of online gambling net income will be provided to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and two per cent will be committed to Manitoba Lotteries’ responsible gambling initiatives.

The province will allocate 15 per cent to support expanded provincial programming for Aboriginal sport and recreational activities. The remaining revenue will be directed to the Province of Manitoba to support health care, education, community and social services and economic development.

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