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Black Friday-related trial to be held in April

Two men accused of illegally processing payments from poker players in the United States will stand trial on April 9, which is sure to be a landmark event in the legal proceedings following the shutdown of several major online poker sites last year. The two men, Chad Elie (age 31) and John Campos (age 57), [...]

Online poker site founded by Canadian pro shut down

Bodog, the online poker site founded by Canadian Calvin Ayre, was shut down by U.S. authorities this week. Unlike other sites shut down over the past year, this shutdown involved just two charges: running an illegal gambling business, and money laundering conspiracy. Four Canadian citizens have been indicted in relation to the charges: Calvin Ayre, [...]

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel performs admirably post-WSOP win

Jonathan Duhamel was on top of the world in November 2010 when he won the coveted world champion title in the game of poker. A year later, he had continued to prove himself worthy of that title by piling up his winnings and participating in a long list of poker tournaments around the world. Then [...]

Another online poker network bows out of the U.S. market

An online poker site on the Everleaf Gaming network has updated its terms of service to note that no player based in the United States may participate in real money online poker. This update came after the site was told by the United States Department of Homeland Security that it must “cease and desist” offering [...]

Daniel Negreanu’s PokerStars account was hacked

Daniel Negreanu returned to Canada from playing the 2012 Aussie Millions to realize his PokerStars account had been hacked. Someone played online poker using his screen name – and bank roll – and lost over $46,000 after playing about 400 hands in total. Fellow players noticed “Negreanu”’s uncharacteristic bad decisions and started questioning what was [...]

Zynga announces interest in online poker for real money

Zynga, the company behind the largest poker community on the internet, has expressed interest in the possibility of entering into the world of online poker for real money if and when it’s a legal option in the United States. Currently, Zynga offers poker to players who play for fun only – not for cash – [...]

Canadian poker pro files complaint against Ultimate Bet

Ultimate Bet is in the news this week after eight pro online poker players filed an official complaint against the site. The players, including Canadian Brad Booth, claim that the site cheated by spying on their hole cards during games with high stakes. According to the official court papers, the players also claim that the [...]

European authorities challenge online poker providers

The United States isn’t the only country to put its foot down when it comes to allowing its citizens to get involved with worldwide online poker competition. In the last few weeks, two European countries have taken steps to limit where and how their citizens are allowed to participate in international competition or choose the [...]

Ontario ponders online gaming

Ontario has been considering the merits of online gaming, especially the benefits of offering government-regulated online poker, for several years. In 2010 the province first announced its intentions, but soon thereafter announced a delay in their initial plan. Now the goal seems to have settled on an undetermined date in the year 2012, at which [...]

Ultimate Bet player data leaked to the public

This week saw millions of online poker players lose their rights to privacy. Ultimate Bet, the online poker site that was shut down by authorities on Black Friday this year, apparently leaked a long list of players’ personal information, revealing millions of names, addresses, account numbers, and seemingly encrypted passwords. Among those millions of players [...]

Americans cautious of government involvement in online poker payouts

When Full Tilt Poker reached a deal with a French investor, players rejoiced at the hope of finally being able to receive the money they had been waiting for. However, for American players, things could prove to be more complicated than they are for Canadians. Maybe American players who are expecting substantial amounts of money [...]

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Black Friday-related trial to be held in April

Black Friday-related trial to be held in April Two men accused of illegally processing payments from poker players in the United States will stand trial on April 9, which is sure to be a landmark event in the legal proceedings following the shutdown of several major online poker sites last year. The two men, Chad...

Online poker site founded by Canadian pro shut down

Online poker site founded by Canadian pro shut down Bodog, the online poker site founded by Canadian Calvin Ayre, was shut down by U.S. authorities this week. Unlike other sites shut down over the past year, this shutdown involved just two charges: running an illegal gambling business, and money laundering conspiracy....

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel performs admirably post-WSOP win

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel performs admirably post-WSOP win Jonathan Duhamel was on top of the world in November 2010 when he won the coveted world champion title in the game of poker. A year later, he had continued to prove himself worthy of that title by piling up his winnings and participating in a long list of poker...

Another online poker network bows out of the U.S. market

Another online poker network bows out of the U.S. market An online poker site on the Everleaf Gaming network has updated its terms of service to note that no player based in the United States may participate in real money online poker. This update came after the site was told by the United States Department of Homeland...

Daniel Negreanu’s PokerStars account was hacked

Daniel Negreanu’s PokerStars account was hacked Daniel Negreanu returned to Canada from playing the 2012 Aussie Millions to realize his PokerStars account had been hacked. Someone played online poker using his screen name – and bank roll – and lost over $46,000 after playing about 400 hands in total. Fellow...

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Full Tilt Poker reaches deal with investors

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Canadians involved in U.S. government online poker shutdown

On Friday, April 15, four of the most popular online poker rooms in the world were shut down by the U.S. government in order to investigate serious charges of illegal activity. Pokerstars’ founder Isai Scheinberg, a Canadian citizen, is the lead defendant in a groundbreaking case. Fulltilt Poker’s cofounder Nelson Burtnick, who officially [...]

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Welcome to poker.ca, home to the largest Canadian online poker directory and news site. Here you’ll find the resources you need to fully engage in the online poker community and keep up to date with all the latest news in the poker industry. With an emphasis on news that affects Canadian poker players and sites that cater specifically to gamblers in Canada, this site provides a unique source of reliable information that can’t be accessed anywhere else on the web. For the first time, all information pertinent to Canadian poker players has been filtered, analyzed, and gathered in one location for your convenience. Check back often for constant updates so you can stay on top of your online poker game.

Playing online poker in Canada has never been easier

There has never been a better time for Canadians to take their love of poker online. With so many sites striving to offer players in Canada the best online poker experience, there are a lot of options to choose from and just about anyone is sure to find exactly what he or she is looking for. Whether you’re excited to try out your favorite variety of poker at an online casino or take a look at something completely different, you’re sure to be satisfied by what the online poker community has to offer. More and more online casinos are offering the ability to make deposits (and withdrawals) in Canadian dollars, making your online gambling experience seamless and smooth without the need to constantly calculate exchange rates in the middle of a game. In that respect, playing online poker doesn’t have to be any different than playing at a traditional local casino or at a friend’s home on Friday night.

Why Canadians love online poker

While certain aspects of online poker will feel the same as playing anywhere else in Canada, plenty of other things about the experience can be as new and exciting as you want them to be. When you play poker online, it’s possible to try out any number of casinos in a single evening, and you only have to stay as long as you feel like it – when you’re playing online, there’s no need to persevere through a boring game if you’re not in the mood. With a click of your mouse, you can be somewhere new without worrying about how far you need to drive or whether or not you’ll need to get a hotel. Instead of limiting yourself to playing poker in the rare instances when several of your friends are simultaneously free and energetic enough to be up for a game, try playing online poker when you’re in the mood for a game but too tired or too busy to make time for a big event. Online poker makes it possible to enjoy the game completely at your convenience regardless of what else is going on in your life or anyone else’s.

Rather than spend your next free evening wondering what there is to do or wishing your friends were able to get away from work or other commitments in order to play some poker, take your free time into your own hands and check out what online casinos have to offer. You may even find that you enjoy playing online poker as much as – or even more than – poker in real life. You may discover new varieties of the game that could enhance your next real life poker night, adding a new dimension to the game that you never knew was missing. Online poker doesn’t have to replace spending time playing poker with your buddies or at your local Canadian casino, but it can be a valuable supplement to your hobby by providing convenient, stress-free entertainment on demand from the comfort of home.

Is online poker legal in Canada?

In short, yes! But gambling has a long and volatile history in Canada as well as the rest of the world. The first law enacted in Canada to address gambling in any form, be it betting on a poker game or wagering on sports, appeared in 1892. Following the standard English common law, the original Canadian gambling laws restricted the act but didn’t ban it outright. Multiple amendments were added over the years, but the law itself remained relatively intact until 1970, when significant reform to the Criminal Code allowed Canadian provinces to have authority, with minor exceptions, over licensing and regulating gambling.

These changes permitted the creation and cultivation of Canada’s vast gambling industry. Winnipeg is the location of Canada’s first casino, which opened in 1989, followed by another casino in Montreal in 1993. Several other provinces followed suit. While gambling is legal at casinos and approved locations in Canada, it is still by and large illegal to gamble for profit outside of these locations. However, while online casinos are not allowed to legally operate from within Canada at this time, it is still very much legal for Canadians to play online poker, wager money, and enjoy casino games at online casinos that are operated abroad.

So if you are living in Canada and are worried about breaking gambling laws by playing in an online poker tournament or practicing a new variety of poker in an online poker room, rest easy. There is absolutely nothing illegal going on and you can enjoy your game of poker in good conscience.

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