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PokerStars launches in Ontario

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Online poker giant PokerStars has officially launched in Ontario, having been granted a full registration to operate by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The AGCO approved the business’ parent company, TSG Interactive Canada, for an internet gaming licence earlier in the month; detailing that the licence would be in effect from 8 June 2022, with an expiration date of 7 June 2024.

TSG Interactive is a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment, which acquired it in 2020.

Marketing director Tom Warren commented: “In many respects Ontario is our home market, given the first ever hand of PokerStars was played here over 20 years ago, so we are thrilled about the new regulated environment within which our players can play.

“A lot has changed in that time, but our commitment to offering our players the most epic and thrilling experience in the market hasn’t – and we can’t wait to get started.”

PokerStars is the largest real-money online poker site in the world and controls roughly two thirds of the online poker market.

In April, the business launched a peer-to-peer betting site, PokerStars Exchange, which uses the same global liquidity pool as Betfair – which is also ultimately owned by Flutter Entertainment.  

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