IGT Games, who recently bought the Entraction Poker Network for $115 million, announced that they will be banning poker players from certain countries starting September 29. Players from Canada, Israel, Norway, Russia and Turkey will be affected as of that date.
The reason for the ban can be due to a variety of reasons some of which may be of a legal nature. IGT Games is a publicly traded company from the United States who supply gaming solutions to both land based casinos and online gaming businesses.
IGT offers its products to some Canadian based casinos and there may be a conflict in also providing online gaming services. This is not something new to Canadians. Just last year the Boss Media poker network shut down Canadian players from the network in favour of a contract to supply the Canadian lotteries with poker software.
Some of the larger poker rooms on the Entraction network are Paradise Poker who switched to Entraction from Boss Media last year for their Canadian players, Victor Chandler, NOIQ Poker, 24H Poker. There is no clear indication whether any of those rooms have a backup solution for their Canadian facing business.
Currently, the Entraction poker network sits in 11th spot overall (7th if you exclude country only networks) but it is expected to decline after the ban takes effect later this month. Canadian poker players with money in these online poker rooms are urged to contact the poker rooms to see if there are other options for them and to start looking into cash out options before the ban formally takes effect.
Some poker rooms still servicing Canadian poker players and offering great deals are Party Poker, 888 Poker, Titan Poker, PokerStars and of course poker sites operated by the BCLC and Loto-Quebec, PlayNow and EspaceJeux.