UK online gambling software provider OpenBet has partnered with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) to launch Sports Pools on PlayNow.com, British Columbia’s online gambling website.
OpenBet has worked closely with BCLC since the Canadian provincial government launched its initial online gaming offering in June 2010, when it delivered Canada’s first online casino on OpenBet’s platform and centralised account.
Since then, OpenBet and BCLC have continued to develop the offering through new games like Sports Pools.
Sports Pools is a first for a regulated online gambling site in Canada, and engages all levels of fans with their favourite sports without necessarily requiring knowledge of sportsbook odds.
With a Cdn$5 buy-in, players can test their sports knowledge against each other for a chance to win or share prize pools. Players pick the winning outcome for all the match-ups on a betting card, or randomly choose winners with the ‘quick pick’ feature. The jackpot goes to the players who pick the required amount of correct outcomes.
OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill said in a statement Friday: “OpenBet is focused on working with our customers to develop technology that offers a superior player experience with new entertaining ways to play. Sports Pools is a great new product for BCLC and one we have been pleased to work with them in developing.”
BCLC vice president e-gaming Monica Bohm added: “Sports Pools offers sports fans an innovative and easy point of entry into sports betting that is fun and appealing.”