Saskatchewan residents will be able to place bets from the comfort of their homes in the near future.
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) creates a regulated online betting app with several options to choose from.
SIGA has announced that it is partnering with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) to help design the online gambling application. The ‘PlayNow.com’ app will be available this fall.
Zane Hansen, President and CEO of SIGA, said there was a lot to like about the new app, which is currently being designed.
“It’s just an amazing platform. He’s based in Canada and he really stood out for us that way. It has a wide range of all types of gaming products so the customer has an incredible choice,” Hansen told Gormley on Thursday.
Players will have the choice of sports betting, single game sports betting, casino slot games, roulette, blackjack and many other options, Hansen said.
“For our table game customers, this is the solution. They play online, and it quickly became the preferred choice,” Hansen said.
The site will even offer live dealers as an option for table games, according to the SIGA president.
“You’ll have dealers trading in a live studio, and you’re playing on a real table against a real dealer and communicating back and forth,” he said.
“It’s amazing how they provide this experience. It’s authentic and real for our table game players.
In terms of sports betting, Hansen says there will be so many choices when it comes to putting money on a game, similar to what you would see “in the big casinos” of Las Vegas.
“You get everything from single game bets to different events and activities within a game,” Hansen said. “We’re in the middle of the hockey playoffs, so it could be, ‘Will there be a goal scored in the first five or 10 minutes?’ (There are) all kinds of different proposals.
Apart from sports betting, political betting will be another focus of the app.
“I think the biggest night of the year they have is the US election, so there’s a lot of great stuff you can do and provide for customers,” Hansen said.
Hansen believes the app will have what it takes to appeal to customers currently using unlicensed platforms.
“We are going to be competitive. It will be a highly functional experience and platform that will give the customer all the selections they could desire,” Hansen said.
“You will have a platform that protects player privacy. There is data security. All financial payment processing is highly secure and standards compliant.
The online application should not hurt attendance at SIGA casinos in Saskatchewan, according to Hansen.
“Online revenues in other provinces are complementary and they don’t cannibalize existing gaming,” he said.