Category: Online Poker News

Ontario’s largest online poker series so far in terms of the number of events on the schedule is currently running on the BetMGM network which covers three online poker rooms – BetMGM Poker Ontario, bwin Ontario, and partypoker Ontario. The Ontario Poker Championships just kicked off on September 11 and will run until September 26, featuring C$500,000 in total guarantees.

Ontario Poker Championships – Key Details

The schedule is comprised of 74 numbered events that are available in three buy-in levels, meaning Ontarians have almost 200 individual tournaments to choose from. They can enter for as low as C$1.10, while the highest buy-in is set at C$530. Multiple tournaments come with five-figure guarantees, offering huge value to players.

Main Event

The main highlight of the series is easily the Main Event and there are three of them on the schedule. The low edition has a buy-in of C$5.50 and guarantees C$5,000, while the mid version comes with a C$22 entry fee and C$10,000 in guaranteed prize money.

The C$109 edition offers the biggest guaranteed prize pool of C$50,000. Each of the tournaments has multiple flights and the BetMGM Network is running satellites with buy-ins starting at only 1 cent.

The Ontario Poker Championships clashes with PokerStars’ Bounty Builder Series which runs until September 19 and guarantees C$1 million.

PokerStars is going to set September on fire as the online poker operator has just released the schedule for the 2022 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP).

PokerStars will offer $85 million in guaranteed prize money during 2022 WCOOP which takes place from Sep 4 to 28.

WCOOP continues to be among the most popular online poker tournaments in the world. PokerStars launched WCOOP in 2002 and the tournament has continued to get bigger with every passing year, with over $1.1 billion in total prize money paid out during WCOOP tournaments.

2022 WCOOP Has Action For Everyone

The 2022 WCOOP will feature a range of different poker tournaments, formats and buy-ins that will appeal to poker players from different walks of life. As usual, PokerStars has a nice selection of low stake events which start from $5.50 and some super exciting high stakes events where the highest buy-in is fixed at $25,000.

The 2022 WCOOP will feature a total of 6 Main Events where three of them will be No-Limit Hold’em and the other three will be Pot-Limit Omaha. The most popular tournament at the 2022 WCOOP is arguably the WCOOP 92-H World Championship of NLHE/Main Event which has a $6 million guarantee and a $10,300 buy-in.

Ontario’s online poker players were introduced to a new cash game feature after it was announced that PartyPoker’s Hot Tables would be rolled out across the PartyPoker network. 

The feature injects extra rewards into cash game pots at random times and at random tables. This boosts the regular cash pots.

The feature is more commonly known as Cash Drops and can be found at multiple online poker rooms, and not just across the BetMGM/PartyPoker/Bwin poker platform.

What makes this feature different, however, is that it is the first time that it has been introduced in the legal and regulated Ontario online poker industry. 

In a press release put out by BetMGM Ontario, it was announced that the Hot Tables feature will run until October 31st, 2022.

It invites players to play any No Limit Hold ‘em at fastforward poker table for the opportunity to receive a random boost. 

It’s explained that there are five levels of Hot Tables: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. 

For the first two levels, the winner of the hand wins the entire Hot Table pot.

For Gold, Platinum and Diamond Hot Tables, the Hot Table pot is shared between all players. 50% goes to the winner, and 50% to the other players around the table. 

All online poker players on the platform in Ontario are eligible for the promo and no opt-in is required.

Michigan has been approved to join New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware in the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement – an online poker liquidity sharing platform. As the most populous state to join the agreement, Michigan brings another 10 million to the equation. Just to put things into perspective, the other three states combined have a total population of 12.8 million.

Over the years, the existing platform struggled as it couldn’t sustain a viable online poker ecosystem.  With few players, the tournament prize pools, choice of games and stakes remained limited.

Other states which legalized and regulated online gambling over the years, such as Pennsylvania, hoped to join the agreement but then got scared off when the Department of Justice started zigzagging about its opinion about the 1961 federal Wire Act.

But Michigan, which launched online poker in 2021, has decided to take the risk and issued a statement last week, saying that it has been approved the join the multistate compact.

It’s hoped that Michigan joining this agreement will provide a serious shot in the arm for online poker in the US.

As per Rebecca Satterfield, Manager of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association and the Internet Gaming Manager for the Delaware Lottery: “Multi-State Internet Gaming Association welcomes Michigan to its ranks, along with its nearly 10 million residents, who can now avail themselves of a full array of interactive gaming among the Association’s member states.”

“The Association continues to be forward thinking and welcomes the interest of additional gaming jurisdictions in becoming party to the Agreement.”

With the Ontario opening its online gaming market early next month, popular poker brand, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announce that it has paired with GGPoker Network to launch an online poker room in the Canadian province.

In a fresh news release, it was stated that WSOP.ca will offer local online poker players “access to exclusive WSOP tournaments and satellites, all running on its award-winning, next-generation software.”

Players can also look forward to a host of promotions and bonuses to bolster their bankrolls.

Another advantage of becoming a member of this online poker room is that players will be automatically enrolled in the Caesars Rewards loyalty program. Points which they earn can be used across the vast network of Caesars properties, and can be utilized for food, entertainment and accommodation, as well as gaming. It’s definitely a win-win for all.

One of the global ambassadors for the GGPoker Network is Daniel Negreanu, himself a born and bred Ontarian.

He said that he was thrilled that two of poker’s greatest brands have come together to launch WSOP.ca and offer the local poker community the ideal platform to play online. 

“You’ll be seeing exclusive WSOP rewards and tournaments, running on GGPoker’s amazing app – what’s not to love about that?” he said.