So, it appears that the government sanctioned online casino, based in British Columbia, had an unintended feature when it launched the other day. Players could make bets…with other players money.
From The Globe and Mail:
While it’s not clear how many took advantage of the rare opportunity to experience risk-free gambling, the bizarre security breach prompted BC Lottery Corporation to close down the heavily travelled site soon after it opened for business last Thursday.
PlayNow.com, the first government-sanctioned site in North America to offer online casino games, remains closed while software developers try to figure out what went wrong.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation went with the tried and true knee jerk reaction of blaming the error on system load. Later they retracted their comments and blamed the error on “data crossover”.
I believe that’s Orwellian for “somebody fucked up”.