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GGPoker Receives Online Gaming License from Ontario to Operate WSOP Online Poker Room

Daniel Negreanu, the Toronto-born lead ambassador for GGPoker, is seen at a poker table, staring intently at the cards.  He wears blue glasses, a GGPoker hoodie and a short beard.

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NSUS Limited, the parent company of GGPokerreceived an online gaming license in Ontario — and the domain it registered to operate under license is nothing else than WSOP.California, fuse poker can exclusively reveal.

Neither GGPoker nor WSOP discussed their plans for the Canadian online gaming market. However, this license application leads to an obvious conclusion: WSOP plans to launch regulated online poker in Ontario using GGPoker software instead of its longtime partner, 888.

It also suggests that GGPoker has no plans to expand its own poker brand into Ontario – its license is only permitted for WSOP domain names. This hints that the company is going all-in with WSOP in Canada, and potentially throughout North America.

Daniel Negreanu, Senior Ambassador for GGPoker, was actually born in Toronto, Ontario. He is one of the most decorated WSOP players of all time – he was nominated WSOP Player of the Year twice and holds six bracelets. The match between the three couldn’t be closer.


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GGPoker receives Ontario’s sixth online gambling operator license

Last month, a GGPoker spokesperson said fuse poker that they were “assessing the market and our specific plans. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.

The company was not immediately available to respond to a follow-up request.

The license was issued by the AGCO – Ontario’s gaming regulator – earlier this week. It came in a small batch of license approvals, alongside 888, which also plans to launch online poker in Ontario next month.

It’s no surprise that WSOP plans to establish its brand in Ontario. As reported on USA gaming review Earlier this month, parent company Caesars Entertainment signaled to investors that it sees Ontario as a significant opportunity to expand its regulated online gambling footprint. He didn’t mention poker, but taking the iconic WSOP brand in Canada’s most populous province was certainly in the cards.

If anything, it might lead to speculation that 888 and WSOP would launch on the same platform, sharing liquidity as they do in the United States. It is therefore certainly a surprise that WSOP will be using GGPoker for the very first time – the first step in what could potentially disrupt the entire North American online poker landscape.

GGPoker and WSOP have been working closely together for three years now. However, when it comes to online poker, WSOP relied on veteran online gaming provider 888. These two operate the only multi-state online poker network in the United States, linking WSOP poker rooms in Nevada and New Jersey with the 888 room. in New Jersey and a trio of smaller sites in Delaware.

The pair also worked together to exploit the separate WSOP PA online poker room, and the launch of WSOP Michigan was thought to be imminent.

This Ontario partnership with GG will mark the first time that WSOP has already worked with another online poker operator in North America.


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Operators gearing up for online gaming launch in Ontario next month

Online games regulated in Ontario will go live April 4. Licensed operators can offer online poker, casino games and sports betting. PokerStars recently said fuse poker that it was working with the regulator to bring its online poker platform to the province, although it has yet to receive approval. WSOP/GGPoker and 888 are the first two poker operators to receive such authorization.

There’s no guarantee that either will be ready by the go-live date, just four weeks away. Many regulations remain to be defined, in particular the tax rate, which has not yet been made public. 888 said it would be ready on April 4. GGPoker has not commented yet.

One thing is certain, online poker in Ontario will be separated from the rest of the world. Although it was recently reported that the regulator had explored interstate pacts that would allow cross-border shared liquidity, it is not expected to be ready by next month.

However, it is also known that the regulator goes to great lengths to avoid any form of “blackout period”. It decreed that, as long as an operator applied for a license, it could continue to operate in the market while its license is pending. This should mean that PokerStars can continue to serve Ontarians pending full clearance.

The revelation that WSOP tied the knot with GGPoker for a Canadian online poker launch will cause ripples throughout the industry. But it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Earlier this month, as part of an exclusive series of articles predicting the evolution of the industry in 2022, Poker Industry PRO hinted that such a partnership might be on the horizon.

“We expect to see the collaboration deepen further… should this result in the acquisition of GGPoker by WSOP or whether we would see GG’s software assets make their way into the regulated US online poker market remains to be seen.

While narrowly missing the venue – North America, not the United States – he concluded: “We anticipate another remarkable and exciting announcement to come this year – one big enough that it can at surprise the entire industry again.”

Online gambling in Ontario will go live on April 4, 2022. 888 and GGPoker are two of six operators to have received a gambling license so far, and the only two expected to launch online poker.

Learn more about Ontario online poker in our complete guide for players »