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Editor's rating 8.0/10

Why Choose PlayNow Poker?

PlayNow is one of the most-trusted brands in Canada thanks to it being owned and operated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and is the only regulated website in both British Columbia and Manitoba for players to legally gamble on. Player safety and game integrity is paramount for PlayNow.



  • Access to a suite of gaming products
  • Potentially lucrative bad beat jackpot
  • Satellites to major live events such as the WSOP
  • Fully regulated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation


  • Traffic is low compared to some rivals
  • Only available while inside the province of British Columbia and Manitoba
  • GTECH software is lacking and sluggish compared to major rivals

Deposit options:

VISA MasterCard Interac Online

Software Support

Phone: 1-877-706-6789

Room Info

Network: Independent
Owner/operator: British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Software provider: GTECH (Boss Media)
Company headquarters: Kamloops, British Columbia
Game server location: Canada



  • English
  • Français

About PlayNow Poker

PlayNow is an online gambling portal that is fully owned and regulated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and this means that net revenues generated by players’ activities on PlayNow products are directed back to Provincial Governments and go towards services such as health care and education in British Columbia and Manitoba.

The site launched back in 2004 and now offers casino products, poker, bingo, lottery and sports betting. In 2010, a player from Vancouver Island won the largest-ever online prize in Canada with a $7.6 million winning lotto ticket purchased at

PlayNow Bonuses and Loyalty Scheme

Although PlayNow doesn’t offer a sign-up bonus as standard, any PokerNews customer signing up for a PlayNow account and using the bonus code PNWSOP will receive a $40 tournament credit! Please, note that the T$40 will be released once a player plays 200 raked hands.

PlayNow also awards Player Experience Points, or PXPs, whenever you play cash games or tournaments with real money. You are awarded 1PXP for each $0.25 contributed as cash game rake or tournament fees. These points can be used to enter special tournaments that run daily, weekly and monthly with prize pools ranging between $10 and $1,000.

Buy-inPrize PoolSchedule
5 PXPs$10Twice Daily
15 PXPs$25Daily
200 PXPs$150Weekly
500 PXPs$400Weekly
1,500 PXPs$1,000Monthly

Players also have the opportunity to convert their PXPs into tournament credits for other PlayNow Poker tournaments and sit-and-go tournaments at a rate of 1,000 per $10 in tournament credits.

Ongoing Promotions

PlayNow has special bad beat jackpot tables where an extra $0.50 is taken from the pot of a rake hand and added to an ever-growing jackpot. Once the jackpot is hit, when a player loses with quad eights or better (quad twos or better for the micro bad beat), the player with the losing hand win half of the bad beat jackpot funds that are distributed, the player with the winning hand scoops 25% and all the other players dealt cards at that table split the other 25%!

There is also a quarterly $100,000 tournament costing $300+$20 to enter (satellites are available from $0.27). PlayNow also runs regular rake races and even satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event!

Games Offered at PlayNow

Players at PlayNow Poker can enjoy cash games, sit-and-go tournaments, and multi-table tournaments in a variety of variants including:

  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha Hi
  • Omaha Hi-Low
  • Five Card Stud
  • Five card Draw
  • Seven Card Stud
  • SOKO
  • Five card draw 7-A

Blinds start as low as $0.02/$0.04 and increase up to $25/$50.

Notable PlayNow Software Features

PlayNow Poker is powered by the GTECH software, often referred to as Boss Media. It is a very stable, solid software even if it is lacking in some of the features and is not as fast as some of the other online poker operators available today.

PlayNow is available both for Mac OS and Windows:

Four-coloured deck, Find a Player and the ability to tile or cascade your tables are among the available software options.

Customer support

The excellent PlayNow customer support team can be contacted via email or via the phone number – 1-877-706-6789 at any time for poker related queries and from 7:00am until midnight for all other PlayNow products.