By Rod Mickleburgh
Globe and Mail
July 20, 2010
For more than a hundred gamblers who logged on during the first few
hours of British Columbia's new online casino, the odds could not have
been better. They were able to bet using other people's money.
While it's not clear how many took advantage of the rare opportunity to
experience risk-free gambling, the bizarre security breach prompted BC
Lottery Corporation to close down the heavily travelled site soon after
it opened for business last Thursday.
PlayNow.com, the first government-sanctioned site in North America to
offer online casino games, remains closed while software developers try
to figure out what went wrong.
BCLC initially blamed an overload of gamblers seeking to bet early and
often on the much-ballyhooed service for the embarrassing shutdown.
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