November 11, 2022
(PRESS RELEASE) — Saskatchewan’s first legal and regulated online gambling platform is now live! PlayNow.com was launched last week, ushering in a new era of safe and secure online casino gaming, sports betting and entertainment in the city of Bridge.
“Last year, Saskatchewan announced a historic partnership to establish the province’s first legal and regulated online gaming platform in partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and SIGA,” said the minister responsible for SaskGaming, Don Morgan. “This platform is a step forward for the gaming industry and for meaningful reconciliation with the province’s Indigenous peoples.”
The site is managed by SaskGaming, operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and uses the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) industry-leading PlayNow.com platform. With over 500 casino games and a full range of sports betting options, the site generates profits in Saskatchewan that support people across the province.
“This historic partnership is the first of its kind, with a First Nations online gaming operator with revenue sharing between First Nations and the province,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “This will provide many economic benefits to residents of the province and to our First Nations communities.”
PlayNow.com offers the GameSense responsible gaming program. This program supports a robust and controlled responsible gambling environment, with features such as contextual reminders of time and money spent, problem gambling referral information, game breaks and self-exclusions. GameSense advisors are also available 24/7 via live chat to support safer online gaming.
“Today is a good day for gaming in Saskatchewan,” SaskGaming President and CEO Susan Flett said. “PlayNow.com meets the highest standards for safety, security, privacy and responsible gambling, and will provide a legal and regulated alternative to the gray market and illegal gambling sites currently operating in the province.”
“SIGA is thrilled to bring the PlayNow brand to customers in Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan will now have access to a first-class online gaming and sports betting experience on a secure and regulated platform,” said Zane Hansen, President and CEO of SIGA. “Similar to existing physical casinos in the province, all net proceeds from the PlayNow.com site are reinvested in Saskatchewan.”
Live dealer games are scheduled to be added to PlayNow.com in December, and poker products will follow in 2023, further expanding the site’s offerings for Saskatchewan players ages 19 and older.
“BCLC is thrilled to help bring legal and regulated online gambling to Saskatchewan,” said BCLC President and CEO Pat Davis. “Saskatchewan gamers will appreciate the products offered by our industry-leading PlayNow.com platform, but they can also feel confident playing on a website with significant safeguards for the health of players and players. dedicated GameSense advisors who are available to support informed play.”