PokerStars To Expand Content For Canadians

By Ben Hamill - May 21 2021

PokerStars To Expand Content For Canadians

Canadians will soon have access to so much more content than ever before when signing up at PokerStars. The gambling giant recently announced that it will soon be launching PokerStars sports betting offerings and PokerStars Casino across the Canadian online gaming landscape.

Following PokerStars’ big Poker room boom back in 2001, PokerStars has only grown bigger and bigger still, not to mention more and more popular among Canadian online Poker players and enthusiasts. The entertainment giant late last week started sending out promotional emails introducing the new services coming soon to its Canadian platform.  PokerStars also sent out several casino bonuses worth CA$5 to existing customers, as well as making numerous bonus offers to newly registered users – including 100 free spins and a welcome deposit-bonus.

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Waiting On Regulation

While PokerStars first launched its own in-house sports wagering brand under the umbrella of BetStars already back in 2015, Canadians were unable to tap into the premium betting options on offer due to regional restrictions on sports betting in the country. And while the company hasn’t yet issued an official release date for casino and sports betting verticals in Canada, the plan is clearly for the launch to happen just as soon as Bill C-218 is passed.

Canada is anticipated to soon follow most other European markets in the privatisation of locally regulated online gaming and sports betting industries. With countries becoming more and more set on protecting their players from the whiles of black-market operators, many have seen no other alternative but to self-regulate and open their online gaming industries to proper licensing and local regulation. And this is precisely what PokerStars anticipates will happen next in Canada also.

A New Future Awaits

If and when passed, Bill C-218 will open up a world of new possibilities to Canadians everywhere. Recently introduced before Senate by sponsor Conservative Senator David Wells, it is now before the final legal body that must approve legislation before an official endorsement and introduction is made.

The successful passing of the bill will mean that bets wagered on single sports events will now become possible locally in Canada. Not only will a locally regulated sports betting industry create hundreds, if not thousands of jobs, but it will also ensure a safe and fair betting environment for local sports fans. What’s more, Canadians will no longer be taking their cash cross-border for wagering on sports the US, where sports betting is now legal in many states. Instead, they’ll be spending all that money back home, thereby further boosting the local economy.

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