BCLC Introduces Casino ID Checks for Self-Exclusion Customers
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has announced it will introduce an identity verification system in the summer that all customers visiting casinos in British Columbia will have to pass before gaining entry to the location.
The move from BCLC is to support gamblers who are having problems and have registered with its Game Break self-exclusion program.
It will require all customers visiting a casino to show Government-issued identification that contains a photo. Security at the casino will scan the photo ID of customers before entering the casino. Customers who are listed on a database as Self Excluded will not be able to enter the gaming location.
The BCLC believe this simple check is fairly unobtrusive to customers entering their casinos and has the aim of making players at gaming locations in the region “the happiest players in the world”.
Following research and consultation with problem gamblers, the BCLC has stated that these customers feel entry checks for land-based casinos help their decision to register on the self-exclusion program. The BCLC has pointed out that self-exclusion for customers is just one of a whole range of services available to customers who feel they have a problem with gambling, and these include free prevention, treatment, and support.
The BCLC has not fixed an exact date this year that this change will be applied and was quick to point out that data on customers at the proposed entry checks would only be retained on customers who were on the self-exclude list and not other players.