Canadian Poker Sites

Canada is becoming a hot location for online poker players. One of the reasons for this is Black Friday. Once the largest poker sites left the US market professional poker players had nowhere to play. So they moved to Canada.

So, online poker being legal is one thing Canada has going for it. And another is that they have several brick and mortar casinos that offer live poker. In fact, you can play the WPT and WSOP circuit events.

All in all, Canada is a solid place for poker players.

Best Real Money Poker Sites in Canada

Below is the best poker site for Canadian poker players that want to play online poker for cash. The poker room is legally licensed in multiple jurisdictions and the parent company is traded on the LSE.

Canadian Poker Sites: Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

We receive a lot of questions about Canadian poker sites. We thought it would be helpful to post those here, along with out answers.

Are Canadian Poker Sites Legal?

Yes. Both online poker and brick and mortar poker is 100% illegal.

That said, there are laws regarding online poker in Canada. But these laws revolve around the media and what they are and aren't allowed to advertise. These laws are often confused with the legality of online poker in Canada, when it really has nothing to do with the players at all.

To further backup the point (of online poker being legal), several provinces are working towards releasing their own online casinos with the goal to generate more revenue. Doing so should also help resolve the issues that many Canadians have with depositing/withdrawing their funds using credit or debit cards.

How Do I Find the Right CDN Dollar Poker Sites?

Being in Canada you have several options for where to play poker online. The downside, of course, is that there are more options not worth your time. And it's in your best interest to do the due diligence needed to determine which is which. It's not hard, just time consuming.

The absolute fastest way to know which room is worth playing at is to use our recommendations above and read our room reviews. We cover the details important to poker players, including trust, deposit options and games.

If you're shopping for Canadian poker sites on your own, I recommend making sure the site is licensed and regulated. You can find this information on their about page or at the bottom of their site. You'll find that many sites are licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, like Bovada (Bodog), which is located in your neck of the woods.

You can also check out the popular poker forums to see what players may have said about the poker site(s) in question. I would ignore the comments about bad beats, and focus on looking for patterns in the complaints. In other words, the occasional complaint about banking is normal, while a stream of complaints about bounced checks is not. So look for patterns and repeat issues.

The last thing I recommend doing is creating an account and checking the site out for yourself. Do you like the software? Is the support staff fast and friendly? Do they have all the games you want? Ultimately, finding the right Canadian poker site comes down to what you want.

How Do I Make a Deposit?

Making a deposit at a Canadian poker site is easy. Just visit the cashier, choose your payment option, enter in your details, how much you want to deposit and hit submit. It's that simple.

However, what might not be so simple is making a deposit with a credit or debit card. Since there aren't any banks in Canada that process these payments, you might have your (online) deposit declined. This happens in the brick and mortar casinos, too. (This is another reason why people mistake online poker for being illegal).

So if you experience this problem, or just want to avoid it altogether, you do have other banking options. I would recommend services like UseMyBank or Moneybookers. Echecks or money transferring services like Western Union are also options. They may be a little more time consuming, but you'll face fewer denials.

Exchange rates are not an issue either. Many poker sites will handle the difference in rates for you, using today's current rates. And more and more sites nowadays have the option to deposit, play and withdrawal in multiple currencies, including the CDN dollar.