Gambling On BC Ferries? – All Bets are Off
Victoria, B.C. – It was an idea aimed at increasing revenue for BC Ferries, but , the Government has decided there won’t be any gambling on the ships.The BC Lottery Corporation has reviewed the plan and advised the costs of staff and technology would sink the project nearly a quarter of million dollars in the hole.
There were other problems outlined in the BCLC business case review including:
- security, it could be required to deal with disputes over issues such as game outcomes, thefts, delayed jackpots due to irregularities, children being left unattended if guardians enter the gaming facility during the sailing, in addition, there would be no access to police until the Ferry has docked, so situations that require police will require BC Ferry staff to manage the situation, including securing problem individuals, until the vessel is docked.
- Cross border sailings , the proposed pilot route currently travels through US waters for 20 to 25 minute of the sailing time. As BC Ferries vessels are not considered cruise ships, there is the potential a portion of all sales aboard the vessels, including gaming revenue, may need to be shared with Washington State
So instead of Gaming, BC Ferries will expand the gift shop and relocate the coffee shop on board the Spirit Class vessels.