Sports

We offer the only legal sports betting in B.C. Choose from a wide variety of global sports and competitions and get in the game with Sports Action at local retailers and PlayNow Sports online.

Our role

BCLC offers two ways adults across B.C. can take part in sports betting: Sports Action and PlayNow Sports. They’re the best of both worlds for players who are 19 years or older. 

Although some events and types of bets available are similar to both, they each feature their own unique set of rules and regulations.

Launched in 1991, Sports Action betting is available in person at most of our lottery retailers across the province. It’s played using a selection slip similar to lottery games with betting options such as Oddset, Point Spread, Over/Under, Props and Toto.

BCLC introduced PlayNow Sports in 2012 to give B.C. sports bettors a more online-style betting experience with more sports, leagues, tournaments and types of bets to choose from. New parlay options, pre-packaged single bets, futures and outrights, bet-back bonuses, eSports and LIVE in-game betting are some of the most significant features, including a different set of betting rules for the sports players can bet on.

Learn more about the differences between Sports Action and PlayNow Sports.

PlayNow Sports is B.C.’s only legal online sports betting platform—and it’s Canada’s largest.

Parlay betting

The Canadian Criminal Code requires all sports bets be “parlays,” which means bets must be on a minimum of two events. All events within a parlay bet must be successful for it to be a winner. On Sports Action, parlays can be from two to six events. On PlayNow Sports, parlays can be from two to 20 events.