Gambling in British Columbia
All the gambling companies in British Columbia are regulated by the local body, British Columbia Lottery Corporation. According to the local laws, locals and guests can participate in lotteries, make bets on horse racing, play slots machines and casino games in the corresponding facilities, and take part in fundraising events like Bingo halls with 50/50 draw. All types of gambling are allowed and legal, including access to web casinos. The players have to be 19 years old to be able to make bets at real money casinos online.
Besides private gambling houses run by Great Canadian Gaming and Gateway Casino & Entertainment, or by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, there are also First Nation (tribal) brick and mortar houses in British Columbia. The laws of gambling applied are the same, but some particular rules of play may differ in these casinos.
Top Land Based Casinos of British Columbia
If you are interested in land based gambling houses, there are several cities with more than one casino house. These cities are Kamloops, Penticton, Vancouver, and Victoria. More than 20 other cities have one gambling house. Below are the most prominent brick and mortar gaming venues in British Columbia.
This is one of the oldest gambling houses in the province, located in Surrey. It was first opened in 1976, and was first a racetrack only. In 2005, when all Canadian betting facilities started to consider casino games, a casino was added to the services. As of today, this facility offers 550+ slots machines, 24 table games, and 12 poker tables. The casino works 24/7. The facility also includes restaurants and bars, and holds events and performances on a regular basis.
Grand Villa Casino
This facility is comparatively new, opened in 2016, and located in Burnaby. It offers 50 table games, 1200+ slots machines, and 11 poker tables. Besides, there are restaurants and entertainment areas. The facility includes Marriott Hotel and Burnaby Conference Centre. The hotel is pet-friendly, by the way! There is a SPA, health club, and sauna.
Cascades Casino Resort
Opened in 2005, in the center of downtown Langley, this resort combines the entertainment and SPA services. It is one of the most favourite facilities in the city, and a popular one. The casino features 23 table games, 1000+ slots machines, and 5 poker tables. The entertainment area includes a medical SPA, bar and lounge zone, a theater, and a conference centre.