The sixth regulated online poker platform, WSOP.ca, is set to launch in Ontario this September 30th. The site joins only a handful of other online poker operators in Ontario, which include BetMGM, 888Poker, Partypoker and PokerStars.
The brand was supposed to go live in the province in early April but the launch was delayed until the end of September. The poker room will operate using GGPoker software and will migrate Ontario-based players who are already registered to GGPoker to the new website (check WSOP referral code for new players).
The partnership between GGPoker and WSOP (World Series of Poker) was announced in early March and the two companies decided to use poker pro Daniel Negreanu as the face of the platform. As a Canadian who was born in Ontario, Negreanu was the ideal candidate to take the mantle.
The WSOP.ca site is expected to feature a number of great poker products including a range of cash tables, tournaments, sit n gos and special tables. Online circuits and satellites to WSOP live tournaments are also expected to be up for grabs to players on the site.
The biggest change for GGPoker players will be that WSOP.ca will only be available for Ontario-based players. This means players will only be playing against other players in the province. This will obviously decrease the prize pools in tournaments and make the run through for sit n gos slower. However if other major poker sites like Pokerstars and 888Poker are anything to go by, there should be more than enough players in Ontario to run a successful poker room.
Some of the special poker game types that WSOP.ca are expected to feature are Rush & Cash and Flip & Gos.
Rush & Cash games is a fast-fold poker option which allows players to not wait for hands to finish after they’ve folded. Instead they can simply push the ‘Rush‘ button to be put into another hand immediately.
Flip & Go tournaments work by making players flip every hand until they are eliminated or make it in the money. This allows you to remove most pre-bubble play and gets players straight into the action.
Migration of GGPoker Players to WSOP.ca
The migration of GGPoker players to WSOP will occur immediately after the WSop.ca site goes live on September 30th. GGPoker has already sent out an email with details on how players will be able to move their account to the new site. The brand promises to move all cash, tournament dollars and ticket balances with the migration, along with personal information and payment methods.
We expect GGPoker to stop taking in new players in the upcoming weeks as they get closer to migration.