Canadian Poker Network Official

It is now official, Canada will have its own poker network.  The Canadian Poker Network (CPN) will launched through GTECH G2 and Loto Quebec and will be the first government regulated poker network in North America.  The first site will be the Espacejeux.com site only open to the residents of Quebec.  Eventually the other provincially regulated poker gaming sites should be joining the Canadian Poker Network, including BCLC’s PlayNow site.

Here is the official press release:

Loto-Québec and GTECH G2 Launch the Canadian Poker Network

Loto-Québec’s EspaceJeux.com igaming site now live and taking real-money wagers

13 December 2010 (London, UK) – GTECH G2 and Loto-Québec have successfully launched the first regulated poker network in North America. Presented by Loto-Québec on its new Espacejeux.com igaming site, the Canadian Poker Network (CPN) features the state-of-the-art poker software operating on a number of networks in Europe but will be open only to residents of the province of Quebec, Canada.

GTECH G2 will host its Canadian Poker Network operations in Canada. The system will be housed in its Montreal based data centre. Operations will be based in the  National Operations Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.  The agreement with this WLA lottery operator is a 5 year operating contract with two, two-year extensions.

GTECH G2 is providing eight poker variants for the history-making poker network including Texas Hold’em and Canadian Stud (or Soko) which is played the same way as 5-Card Stud except that there are two extra combinations: a four-card Flush and a four-card Straight.

Available in both French and English, Espacejeux.com, began registering players on the 19th November and started to take its first real money wagers 1stDecember. It offers a full range of control and prevention measures that are among the most innovative in the industry.

“This is a major milestone for the lottery and igaming industries,” said Paolo Personeni, President of GTECH G2. “We’re very proud to be involved with such a highly-regarded WLA member in establishing the first regulated poker network in North America.”

GTECH G2 is the only interactive gaming software and services provider that can supply a complete end-to-end solution including lottery, poker, sports betting, bingo, casino, skill games, instant games and back office systems to commercial and state-run operators.

ENDS

Media inquiries:
Larry Colcy, Lyceum Media
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About GTECH G2 (www.gtechg2.com)
Only GTECH G2 can provide the complete suite of core platform gaming engines, innovative content and flexible support services to both enterprises who are just entering the interactive space as well as to those who already offer a fully mature suite of interactive games. Its portfolio of expertise and digital solutions covers Lottery, Poker, Bingo, Sports Betting, Casino, Skill Games, Instant Games as well as a full range of back office and business solutions to help maximize revenues. The group brings together the lottery expertise of GTECH with Boss Media, a leading innovator in software and systems for Poker, Casino and Bingo entertainment; Finsoft , a leading provider of enterprise-wide real time trading solutions for the commercial sports betting industry – both interactive and retail; St Minver, a fully managed service provider of Internet games to media, lifestyle, and other brands; and Dynamite Idea, a developer of unique, innovative digital instant and side games.  salesteam@gtechg2.com

Canadian Poker Player Magazine FREE Online

Now you no longer have to travel to your favourite casino to pickup the latest copy of the Canadian Poker Player Magazine. Starting with issue 8 with Gavin Smith on the cover, the CPP Mag will be available for free online at www.canadianpokertour.tv All back issues of the current Volume 1 have been added to the online viewing archive as well.

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PlayNow.com officially joins Canadian Poker Network

The British Columbia Lottery Corporations’s (BCLC) online gaming site, Playnow.com has now officially joined the first ever government run online poker network in North America, the Canadian Poker Network powered by GTECH G2.  PlayNow joins Loto Quebec’s Espacejeux.com as the two sites and provinces making up the newly launched network.  Now players in BC will be able to play with players in Quebec and enjoy the same promotions and tournaments that the QC residents have enjoyed.  This included a $250,000 freeroll held earlier this year, as well as a monthly $50,000 tournament on the first Sunday of every month.

Canadian Poker Network operations are based in Canada. The system is housed in a Montreal based data centre and poker network operations are in the National Operations Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“The CPN is an excellent example of the kind of convergence of the igaming and lottery industries that GTECH G2 was created to serve,” said Paolo Personeni, President of GTECH G2. “We are proud to be partnered with such innovative lotteries, and look forward to enabling other lottery corporations to enter the igaming space with confidence.”

GTECH G2 is providing eight poker variants including Texas Hold’em and Canadian Stud (or Soko) which is played the same way as 5-Card Stud except that there are two extra combinations: a four-card Flush and a four-card Straight.

The Playnow.com poker room is now open.  Grand opening promotions include a $100,000 freeroll on March 27, and you can also win VIP Vancouver Canucks tickets.  There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot going on which is now over $300,000.  Simply lose with quad jacks or better, and win the BBJ!

Saskatchewan Online Poker on its way?

According to a CBC report on online gaming, the government of Saskatchewan has shown interest in the online gaming business. Some exciting Canada poker news for Canadian poker players.

“I saw on the news last night that an internet gaming source is advertising in Saskatchewan,” Cheveldayoff said. “I think that it’s growing. It’s there and it’s something we’re going to have to look at very closely.”

Cheveldayoff said he estimates that about $30 million is spent yearly by people in Saskatchewan gambling online.

He said if a government entity was collecting that money, profits could be spent on community programs.

“What troubles me is that the profits are leaving the province and can’t be reinvested in the good activities that Gaming Corporation, for example, does,” he said.

This would be great news for Saskatchewan poker players and the Canadian Poker Network.  The CPN which is expected to include Quebec and British Columbia, will be waiting for the other provinces to get into the game, a very profitable one indeed.  Ontario, Manitoba, and the Atlantic provinces have all shown their desire to provide an online gambling avenue for its citizens, rather than watching big sums of money flow outside the country.  Espacejeux.com from the Loto Quebec group has been especially popular so far, even running a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool poker tournament this past Sunday.

The CBC report also notes that Ontario was preparing to launch their online gaming site possibly by 2012.  The Saskatchewan online casino and poker room would most likely be run by the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, which operates brick and mortar casinos in Regina and Moose Jaw.

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