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Those are 'private' liquor stores within a province that has control of all sales of alcohol. The price of alcohol in countries with truly privitized systems is a fraction of the cost here in Canada. You can get a bottle of wine in France for 80 cents, and a 24 of beer in the US for 10 bucks.

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People are going to drink (and do drugs) no matter what, but people aren't going to gamble no matter what. You can test that imperically by looking at how well prohibition works, and gambling rates with respect to how close one lives to a casino. If people don't live near a casino or slots, the vast majority of those people won't gamble, if they do live near a casino, gambling rates increase dramatically. On the flip side, if alcohol (or more recently and comparibly, drugs) is illegal/controlled/restricted it doesn't change the rate of usage. I can find a study that I read a little while ago that proves the gambling/proximity thing if you want.

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source for the bolded?  Back in Chicago, my friends and I didn't live within 30 min of a casino, and rarely, if ever, visited one, but we still met routinely for poker in my friends garage.  we used real money, so it would still be considered gambelling, but I doubt that type of activity would be measured in any report, and i don't know how they would be able to measure that either.

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Promoting gambling is like promoting smoking. Both terrible vices that ruin lives and tear families apart, and both, are quite fun to do sometimes. I don't think the BCLC should be advertising their casinos or sports betting tickets at all. People should be allowed to gamble, but for some with weaker constitutions, the advertisements legitimize their addictions and make them want to gamble more.

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Sure. I'm against it. Casinos are hot spots for drug trafficking, prostitution and so forth. The problem is the government relies on the money to support its services. People won't accept services being cut, taxes being raised, etc. So they make the shortsighted decision to expand state sponsored gambling because essentially we, the public, won't let them do otherwise.

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I don't think the government should pay anyone endorsements, but in theory there is nothing wrong with it. Endorsements happen all the time, this one is relatively small all things considered.

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The amount of publicity they have garnered so far from Luongo's involvement in the World Series is worth more than $10k easy.

Playnow.com's poker rooms are tiny compared to the their competition. The largest site Poker Stars has about 280,000 players online during peak hours. Playnow.com has roughly 1500. If they want to grow and gain a bigger share of the pie they have to advertise.

Someone said he should return what's left of the $10,000 if there is anything left when he's finished. There is nothing left. The entry fee for the tournament is $10,000.

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the big thing A LOT of people are missing here is BCLC is a Crown Corp. Tax payers would be up in arms if this were say BC Hydro, or BC Ferries.

I am not against this because it will help position the BCLC brand, but I can see why people would be mad.

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