CPN Could Welcome Saskatchewan As 4th Province By December 2022
- Saskatchewan is expected to have iPoker operations up and running soon
- Canadian Poker Network to welcome Saskatchewan as 4th province in Dec
- Ontario could also join Canadian Poker Network in the near future
The online poker market in Canada is expanding at a real fast pace as Saskatchewan has plans to launch a regulated online poker market by December 2022.
There are also plans in place for Saskatchewan to become the fourth member of the Canadian Poker Network (CPN) and start offering multi-state online poker liquidity.
Saskatchewan To Join CPN In Dec
Poker players in the province of Saskatchewan were aware that the province had plans to launch regulated online poker but were unsure of the timelines. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) has now confirmed that PlayNow is set to become the first official operator in Saskatchewan to launch online poker operations.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) developed the PlayNow iPoker platform and is expected to start accepting players based in Saskatchewan by Dec 2022. PlayNow is expected to launch online sports betting and online casino services from Nov 3.
Saskatchewan is expected to launch online poker services in December and soon after become the fourth member of the CPN. The other three provinces that are part of the CPN as of now are Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia (BC). These three provinces currently have multi-state liquidity and will get even bigger when Saskatchewan becomes an official part of the network.
The Canadian Poker Network has been around for over a decade as the CPN went live in early 2011. PlayNow already has operators in BC and Quebec and will soon expand into Saskatchewan.
Ontario Could Soon Join CPN
The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SaskGaming) will operate the PlayNow platform after SaskGaming signed a partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) in Sep 2021.
iPoker players in Saskatchewan will benefit greatly once the province becomes a part of the CPN as the player pools are bigger and they get access to more tournaments. Saskatchewan will have the smallest player pool in the CPN and will account for around 7 percent of the total gaming accounts in the CPN.
There is also a push to get Ontario to become a member of the CPN. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) are open to the idea but are yet to make a final decision on the matter.