Thanks to the commission’s permission, NeoPollard Interactive (NPi) – the merger of NeoGames and Pllard Banknote – can build and maintain the province’s long-delayed legal online gambling platform.
The deal with the lottery mainstay is valid for for a seven-year term with “an extension of up to 12 years possible.”
Get ready, Albertans!
NeoPollard has what it takes for sure. It now powers state lotteries in Michigan, New Hampshire, and Virginia – all online.
According to NPi GM Liz Siver, her company is “honored” to have been selected by AGLC and has expressed confidence that the online partnership “will help generate incremental revenues to benefit all Albertans.”
It is about time that Alberta officials got on the bandwagon. They have been trailing other digital riders in Canada for some time.
Finally, as stated by the AGLC, customers can expect “a suite of casino style games and live table games, full sportsbook, poker, bingo and lottery.”
Alberta is finally in the picture, having recently cleared its land-based casino and video lottery terminal operations. They can now reopen following their mid-March shutdown.
But it is the only province to restart land-based gambling. The reason? Alberta is heavily reliant on oil and gas for revenues, but they are struggling sectors. The province needs some action from gaming. To date, it has reportedly lost around C$430m revenue during the three-month suspension over the pandemic.