British Columbia Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) sent an official warning letter to UK Gambling Commission and other jurisdiction that they are violating local and national laws by facilitating online betting within the province.
On the 16th of September 2016, officials from GPEB and UKGC met in London and discussed these alleged violations. GPEB has also met officials from Latvia to discuss the matter. Latvia regulator is way small compared to UKGC, but they do license big operators live Bovada.
“We believe that when informed, these offshore companies will respond positively by ceasing their online gambling and betting services to B.C. residents,” GPEB spokesperson added.
Th UK Gambling Commission acknowledged the British Colombia matter, but did not state whether the commission would take any steps to encourage licensees to pull out of the Canadian market.
“The B.C. government is concerned about the risks offshore ‘grey market’ gambling websites pose to British Columbians because we are unable to ensure these companies meet the high standards of integrity, including responsible gambling standards, set for B.C.’s gambling industry,” said a spokesperson for the British Columbia Ministry of Finance.
We have to wait to get a clearer understanding and to see if any action will be taken to stop offering service to players in British Columbia.