PlayOLG Launches Province Wide

OLG today announces the province-wide launch of its Internet gaming site, PlayOLG.ca. Following a successful preview by eligible members of OLG’s Winner’s Circle Rewards program, PlayOLG is now live and available to legal-aged Ontarians. Eligible players across the province can now register for an account, play games and fully experience PlayOLG. With the launch of PlayOLG, Ontario joins British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces in offering online gaming. Currently, approximately 500,000 Ontarians spend an estimated $400 - $500 million annually on grey market sites that are not regulated in Ontario. “We are excited to launch PlayOLG, an important milestone in the modernization of gaming in Ontario,” said John Wisternoff, OLG’s Vice President of iGaming. “For Ontarians who love the excitement of gaming, PlayOLG offers a safe and regulated alternative to grey market websites.” PlayOLG features a wide range of interactive casino-style games including slots and table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Single-player Poker and Roulette, as well as the sale of LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX lottery tickets and ENCORE. In addition to offering players the latest in Internet games and entertainment, PlayOLG provides a dedicated customer service team based in Ontario. With the launch of PlayOLG as a new line of business, OLG will provide more money to the Government of Ontario for hospitals, community infrastructure and other government priorities. OLG’s Responsible Gambling PlayOLG has embedded Responsible Gambling (RG) tools which draw on Canadian and global best practices after consulting broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists. OLG’s RG program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association (WLA) recently awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world. “PlayOLG’s RG safeguards are comparable to putting seatbelts and airbags in vehicles,” said Paul Pellizzari, OLG’s Executive Director of Social Responsibility. “The RG features focus on prevention and mitigation and include player education on healthy playing habits and how to seek help and support for problem gamblers.” Play OLG’s RG features include:

  • No anonymous play
  • Registration includes age and identity verifications
  • Mandatory weekly deposit limits
  • Casino loss limits
  • Time limits for casino game play
  • Lottery ticket purchase limits
  • Customized RG messaging based on play levels
  • Seven day cooling-off period before increasing limits
  • Player self-assessments and risk profiles
  • Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three months)
  • Self-Exclusion
  • Full account history available to every player
  • Tips for parents about password protection, how to use tools to restrict access to websites, and how to monitor their children’s Internet access and usage