The future of online poker in Canada is bright
After a remarkable performance at the 2013 World Series of Poker by Canadian poker players – winning 11 bracelets– it’s quite likely that the country will experience a mini-Poker Boom of sorts in the coming months, with players flocking to the online poker sites in an attempt to become the next Canadian WSOP bracelet winner. Unlike the US, online poker is a completely acceptable pastime and even regulated in some provinces of Canada, and in this article I’ll take a look at the online sites where Canadian online poker players are currently putting their money.
Offshore Online Poker Rooms in Canada
A quick look at the list of sites on bestpokersites.ca shows five main players in the Canadian online poker market. PokerStars, Party Poker, 888 Poker, Titan Poker, and William Hill. Like everywhere else in the world, PokerStars is the big dog in the Canadian market, offering Canadian players the most games, the most stakes, and some of the best promotions in the business. However, if you’re more of a deposit bonus person than sites like William Hill or Titan Poker from the iPoker Network would probably better suit your needs.
While there are plenty of options to choose from, sticking to the best-known, and most respected sites is definitely the way to go.
State-Run Online Poker in Canada
Some Canadian provinces also have state-run poker rooms, which started off inauspiciously (think Ultimate Poker in the US), but have really gotten their act together as of late, making them a viable alternative to offshore sites. State (or provincial run) rooms might not have the player base of some of the larger offshore sites, but they do offer an extra layer of security for players who may still be wary of online poker sites.
Online Poker Legislation in Canada
Since Black Friday many US players have gone north of the border to continue their online poker careers. In 2010 several Canadian provinces legalized and regulated online poker, introducing state-run rooms and attempting to eliminate their offshore competition –with varying success.
More recently, Canadian provinces have also introduced inter-provincial online poker, allowing the different provinces that have legalized online poker to pool their players, which according to many Canadian poker players has been a huge success.
The good news is that whether the province you live in allows offshore sites or not PLAYING online poker in Canada is not a crime.
With the buzz generated by the 11 WSOP bracelets won in 2011 –including Daniel Negreanu’s WSOP APAC Main Event victory– poker is going to be one of the hotter games in the country for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, with Kristen Bicknell winning the WSOP Ladies Championship, women poker players could start flocking to the online poker tables as well.
Overall, the future looks very bright for Canadian poker.
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