BCLC PlayNow.com Joins Loto-Québec on Canadian Poker Network Powered by GTECH G2

Second Canadian province increases liquidity of first regulated poker network in North America

g2-canada-160.jpg21 February 2011 (London, UK) – The British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s PlayNow.com igaming site has joined the Canadian Poker Network. The first regulated poker network in North America, powered by GTECH G2, launched last December when poker players at Loto Québec’s Espacejeux.com site joined the network. Now players in British Columbia will play at the same tables as players in Quebec. The increased liquidity means more choice for players of every level.

The Canadian Poker Network features the state-of-the-art poker software developed by GTECH G2 for its European networks. The system has been thoroughly tested to the highest standards and has received TST and BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) approval. The Canadian Poker Network is open only to residents of the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.

GTECH G2 is providing eight poker variants including Texas Hold’em and Canadian Stud (or Soko) which is played the same way as 5-Card Stud except that there are two extra combinations: a four-card Flush and a four-card Straight.

The increased liquidity of the expanded network is sure to result in many more tournaments like the $250,000 free roll held earlier this month.

Canadian Poker Network operations are based in Canada. The system is housed in a Montreal based data centre and poker network operations are in the National Operations Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“The CPN is an excellent example of the kind of convergence of the igaming and lottery industries that GTECH G2 was created to serve,” said Paolo Personeni, President of GTECH G2. “We are proud to be partnered with such innovative lotteries, and look forward to enabling other lottery corporations to enter the igaming space with confidence.”

GTECH G2 is the only interactive gaming software and services provider that can supply a complete end-to-end solution including lottery, poker, sports betting, bingo, casino, skill games, instant games and back office systems to commercial and state-run operators.


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Only GTECH G2 can provide the complete suite of core platform gaming engines, innovative content and flexible support services to both enterprises who are just entering the interactive space as well as to those who already offer a fully mature suite of interactive games. Its portfolio of expertise and digital solutions covers Lottery, Poker, Bingo, Sports Betting, Casino, Skill Games, Instant Games as well as a full range of back office and business solutions to help maximize revenues. The group brings together the lottery expertise of GTECH with Boss Media, a leading innovator in software and systems for Poker, Casino and Bingo entertainment; Finsoft , a leading provider of enterprise-wide real time trading solutions for the commercial sports betting industry – both interactive and retail; St Minver, a fully managed service provider of Internet games to media, lifestyle, and other brands; and Dynamite Idea, a developer of unique, innovative digital instant and side games.