More than seven years have passed since the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) launched its online gaming site, PlayOLG.ca.
When the site first launched in January 2015, it included casino-style poker, but not peer-to-peer online poker. His omission did not go unnoticed and OLG officials at the time said Poker Industry PRO that online poker would be included in a future site update.
- Ontario has launched regulated markets for online poker, casino games and sports betting – and provincial regulators have warned operators that they (and any associated third parties) must exit the gray market. However, how long they have to do so remains unclear.
- Many of the biggest poker operators in the world have since come to Ontario’s regulated space for online poker. 888poker Ontario was first released on April 4, the day the market opened. BetMGM Poker Ontario jumped on the market the next day, and the Entain bwin and partypoker brands went live a week later to create an Ontario-exclusive online poker network. PokerStars Ontario made its long-awaited launch late last month.
- Rumors that bet365, Betway, Coolbet, Unibet and newcomer NorthStar Bets may be offering online poker in Ontario persist.
- Last week, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) announced a partnership with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) to bring BCLC’s PlayNow platform to the province. This means that Saskatchewan will join the Canada Poker Network (PRC) and players will face off against others from British Columbia (BC), Manitoba and Quebec.
So, has anything changed with OLG’s plans for online poker?