Oh, Canada: Six Province Consortium Led by Quebec Plans to Introduce Online Poker by September

by Lou on February 15, 2010

Quebec’s Finance Minster Raymond Bechand plans to introduce online poker to this Canadian province by September. It’s all a part of Loto Quebec’s online gambling service that’s slated to begin with poker games and sports betting.

Bechand figures the province will make $50 million during its first three years and that Loto Quebec will ultimately handle a large share of Canada’s estimated $675 million online gambling market.

Alain Cousineau, Loto Quebec’s President and CEO, believes this proposal will get the go-ahead from the government. The proposal encompasses more than just Quebec; it was developed jointly with Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.

News of potential online gaming in Quebec was viewed favorably by Dean Montour, Chairman of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which has issued permits for more than 200 online poker sites, and is located on Mohawk land near downtown Montreal.

According to Montour, “The fact that Quebec is now entering the online gaming business in partnership with the Atlantic provinces and British Columbia is an indication that the industry is thriving and is gaining wider acceptance.”

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