BC casino accused of 'profiling' Drake says it stands against racism

Brenda Watkins
November 7, 2018

Recently, BC Lotteries Corporation (BCLC) engaged a third party auditor to monitor transactions to ensure certain casinos are properly documenting sources of player funds.

The declaration must include the financial institution, branch number and account number related to the buy in as well as the customer's signature and in some circumstances, supporting documentation is also required. Last year, Drake, while performing at Coachella, accused a country club in California of racial profiling.

Whether the casino's refusal of service was racially motivated, as Drake claims, or all a misunderstanding, it's pretty obvious that they picked the wrong person to rile up. But it could be connected to the regulation, since the rapper wrote in his post that he "had everything" the casino had asked for, which may be a reference to the necessary documentation.

Parq Casino hasn't issued a statement with regards to these accusations but we will keep you updated once more news becomes available.

The casino operates in one of the most complex, highly regulated industries in Canada. We categorically stand against racism of any kind. "We are committed to resolving the issue".

This is the second of the casino's statements on Saturday.

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The director of resort marketing Narinder Nagra said: "Parq Vancouver is sorry to hear about this experience, and takes these matters very seriously".

The casino's social media pages were flooded with negative comments.

Others, meanwhile, referenced Drake's infamous feud with Pusha T. The entrance to Parq Vancouver.

The Parq Vancouver president - Joe Brunini - has apologised to Drake in a statement, but denied that racism was the reason the rapper was unable to gamble.

The casino has since responded to Drake's complaint - but said their staff were only complying with British Columbia's strict gambling reforms.

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