PokerLabRat.com gets lots of enquiries from Canadian poker players wanting a safe, secure online poker room that accepts Canadian Dollars.
Our multi-national team of poker room testers includes members based in Canada (specifically Montreal, Quebec and just of out Vancouver) and so we've asked them to share their favourite poker sites.
Of course they couldn't agree on one 'best site' so here's a page of fact sheets on the top 3 online poker rooms that we recommend for Canadian Poker Players. It may help you make your mind up where to play.
BetOnline Poker - Fast action, big pots, lots of pros
Bet365 Poker - No-hype poker software, ultra professional
POKER ROOM:Bet365 Poker, also known as Poker365 is part of Bet365 Ltd, one of the UK's leading betting & gaming groups. LICENCED: Gibraltar
COMMENT: Bet365 is the most professional, no-hype poker site on the net. The top poker room on the Playtech iPoker Network, Bet365 also offers excellent worldwide sports betting & a Playtech-based online casino through the same account. A good range of play from exclusive Bet365 freerolls to no limit high stakes tables. Lots of payment methods, a good 24x7 operation with a great reputation for fair play and quick payouts.
SOFTWARE: Playtech iPoker - download. Simple to use, stable to play with a long track record and loyal players. Avatars an option.
NETWORK:Playtech iPoker Network (~ 20,000 players online at peak) shared with around 20 poker sites but Bet365 exclusive tournaments too DAILY POKER TOURNAMENTS: Five Daily Freerolls up to $20,000 plus a $5,000 weekly Freeroll (Bet365 exclusive). 3x$500 Texas Holdem Freerolls plus 2x$250 Stud FRs
Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud, 1-on-1. Games range from $0.02/$0.05 to $200/$400 blinds, in Fixed, Pot, & No Limit formats. A $200K guaranteed weekly, a $250K guaranteed monthly & $20m USD in guarantees each month.
All Play is in USD
PAYOUTS: Good quick payouts. Ewallets best - especially Moneybookers.
JOIN BONUS:Claimup to$1000 as a 200% first deposit match- released at $10 per 1000 poker points (the fastest bonus release on Europe's biggest Poker Network). You've 60 days to earn full bonus. Beginner Freeroll entry invitations too.
CarbonPoker - Great game fishing, & multi table play
POKER ROOM:CarbonPoker.com is the the trading name of CarbonPoker.com NV (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles) LICENCED: Kahnawake, Canada
COMMENT: Sleek & simple software, especially recommended for multi table play. Traffic is good, not great - but action 24x7, especially low to mid range tables. We've found this poker room excellent for starting out at poker & learning some skills especially with the free (really free) freerolls & the ability to work your way up the table stakes. Stable, safe & fun with a wide choice of games (Razz, Omaha, Balugi, Stud...) A growing reputation for quality high roller play too.
SOFTWARE: Merge Gaming Network. Has a different feel. Macromedia Flash based. Download required.
NETWORK:Merge Gaming Network (~10,500 at peak times - more for tournament play and is growing fast) Time Zone ET (ie GMT-5) DAILY POKER TOURNAMENTS: Freerolls - Daily - every 2 to 3 hours 24x7, Good Weekly prizes plus a $50K Freerolls each, month Mainly free (no action points required) freerolls.
Razz, Omaha, Balugi, 5-card Stud, 7-card Stud, 5-card draw, 2-7 Lowball, A-5 LowBall...more Feature tournaments e.g. Sunday nights: A $20K & $10K guaranteed each Sunday a $50K Freeroll last Sunday of the month
PAYMENT OPTIONS: ePassporte, ECOcard, MoneyBookers, Fast Checks, eWalletXpress, Neteller InstaCash, Citadel, Click2Pay, PINdebit, Wirecard, FoneLinx, iBankG, Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard).
All Play is in USD
PAYOUTS: Within 24 for all methods but instant withdrawals, esp to ewallets once you've got a play history. JOIN BONUS: 100% deposit match bonus to $600 on your initial deposit. Code: UPTO600 (25,000 comp points earned at $1/250 points & 90 days to earn it). Free entry for 14 days into daily New Depositor $500 Freerolls
POKER ROOM:BetOnline is a privately held company based out of Panama City, Panama.
COMMENT: Online Gambling Specialists. BetOnline offers some great sports & racebook betting, plus popular, safe casino gaming & poker play. They've been around in various forms since 1991 and are well regarded by industry commentators for North American betting action.
SOFTWARE: Windows and MAC versions. Fully integrated so you've got a single wallet across poker, sportsbook, casino, racebook. You can play poker while you wager on NFL or take on some casino side games.
NETWORK:BetOnline plays on the Chico Poker Network and is one of the fastest growing independent poker networks. BetOnline has over a million members and growing fast. DAILY POKER TOURNAMENTS: Hourly really free Freerolls & Turbo Freerolls - and they fill fast. We find it better playing cash game or tournament poker at BetOnline with a small to mid buy-in to get a better game. CASH GAMES: Good
PAYMENT OPTIONS: American Express, Mastercard, VISA (Credit Cards, Gift Cards for "International Online use", PrePaid or Person to Person transfers), Money Orders Western Union, Money Gram, Post Offices, etc), Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Book to Book Transfers, Bank Wire, Bank Check via FedEx, UPS, DHL or any other next-day courier. BetOnline will cover any fees on transfers of $300 up
JOIN BONUS:There's a 200% deposit match to $2500. Use code: POKERNEW Just deposit $50 or more, email them & they'll activate it. The bonus amount is paid in five stages based on your play and you have 120 days to release the full amount.
Note: In 2012 some players had hassles with slow payment from BetOnline (and most US online gambling sites) due to changes in regulations and the banking industry. Some online forums still are full of old postings bitching about BetOnline. Things have improved hugely - and we now rate these guys highly and get great feedback from players.
Recommended Online Poker Rooms for residents of Canada. Safe, secure online poker for Canadian players. Canadian-Friendly Poker Sites in October 2014.