The partnership between GGPoker and World Series of Poker (WSOP) took another big step forward with the launch of a WSOP-branded poker room powered by GGPoker is now fully live and regulated in Ontario.
“Growing up in Toronto, I dreamed of playing in the World Series of Poker,” said six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “Now, twenty-five years after I moved to Las Vegas to chase WSOP bracelets, you can compete online in WSOP events in Ontario, all running on GGPoker’s amazing platform – how cool is that?”
WSOP.ca celebrating launch with WSOP Circuit series
The US WSOP.com poker rooms run on the 888 poker platform, so this is the first foray in North America where a GG platform is bearing the WSOP name. WSOP.ca will host an online WSOP Circuit series in Ontario to celebrate. The event begins on Oct. 1 and culminates in a two-day $525 buy-in Main Event on Oct. 15-16. Throughout the two weeks of action, there will be hundreds of tournaments with $2.5 million in guarantees.
“Canadian poker players have always been a significant portion of the WSOP playing base,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart added. “We [are] thrilled to bring the chance for WSOP glory to you. With online bracelets and exclusive qualifiers to the WSOP in Las Vegas, we expect a wave of new WSOP champions from the 6ix.”
GGPoker players in Ontario now must play on ring-fenced site
Existing GGPoker customers in Ontario will need to carry their accounts over to WSOP.ca. Going forward, this also means players in Ontario will only be able to play on the ring-fenced Ontario site. Players living in the rest of Canada will still be able to play on GGPoker’s ROW platform.
Prior to this launch, GGPoker and WSOP have worked on a number of ROW online poker series hosted on the GGPoker global platform, which does not accept US customers. The most recent WSOP Main Event online on GGPoker drew 4,983 entries and generated a prize pool of almost $23.7 million.