After an early-access trial began back in November of 2014, PlayOLG.com has finally launched last week for all residents of Ontario. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) first foray into regulated online gambling gives locals the ability to purchase lottery tickets for Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49, and play online slots and various table games including roulette, three-card poker, and blackjack.
PlayOLG has plans to expand their offerings to include bingo, video poker, Pro-Line (sports betting), and online poker in future phases. Ontario residents are able to deposit using Visa, MasterCard, or Interac Online payment from registered Canadian financial institutions. PlayOLG requires players to set a weekly deposit limit, allowing players to play responsibly. They also have other customizable play management tools allowing users to set session limits, casino game loss limits, and lottery purchase limits.
The PlayOLG website offers a full FAQ section that answers questions regarding registration, banking information, gameplay, responsible gaming, and more. They also offer a video tutorial section that includes videos on registration, responsible gaming, and how to play. Lastly, the site offers multiple help options. PlayOLG gives users the options of a 24/7 live chat section where you are able to communicate in English or French, a 24/7 call-in number, or an email form where support will get back to you within 24 hours.
PlayOLG joins the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba, and B.C. who have all been in the business of offering regulated online gaming to their province's residents for a number of years. Under the name of PlayNow in Manitoba and B.C. and EspaceJeux in Quebec, these provinces also operate government-regulated poker rooms that share a common pool of players through the Canadian Poker Network.
Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada on any breaking information regarding PlayOLG as they expand into the realms of online poker.