The BetMGM Poker Ontario app went live mid-day on Tuesday, the second day of legal online poker in Ontario, Canada. With the launch, the operator will go head-to-head with 888poker Ontario, which launched one day earlier.
BetMGM’s Ontario poker room — the operator’s first outside the US — initially appeared on Monday when a welcome freeroll was listed in the lobby with an April 6 date. A link to the room was not seen on BetMGM Sports Ontario App or BetMGM Casino Ontario App on Tuesday morning, but it appeared later that afternoon.
The operator, a joint venture between Entain and MGM Resorts International, made no official announcement of the launch.
Ontario marks the fourth jurisdiction for BetMGM’s online poker product. It opened its first online poker room in New Jersey, under the name playMGM, in August 2017 — the room was rebranded as BetMGM Poker NJ in September 2019. BetMGM poker rooms in Michigan and Pennsylvania were launched in March and April of 2021, respectively.
The Ontario online poker market is segregated, which means players on BetMGM Poker Ontario will only be able to play against other players on the same network in the province. It is possible that another poker room could launch on the same network in Ontario — partypoker uses the same poker software and shares a player pool with BetMGM poker in the segregated jurisdiction of New Jersey. partypoker Ontario was issued a license, according to the gaming regulator in Ontario, but, so far, there has been no official announcement about the two rooms sharing a player pool.
Provincial regulators are allowing other licensed operators to continue to serve the market via their offshore licenses as their gaming applications are under consideration. Once approved, they must exit the grey market. Other online poker operators expected to launch in Ontario include PokerStars Ontario, and GGPoker, which recently postponed its launch of the WSOP Ontario app.
Daily, High Roller, and Sunday Tournaments On Offer at BetMGM’s Ontario Poker Room
BetMGM Poker Ontario currently shows three types of tournaments to get the action started.
The first two tournaments are in the No-Limit Hold’em PKO format. The Daily C-Note, with a $109 buy-in, will be played every day. Meanwhile, High Roller Tournaments, with a $530 buy-in, will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. Both tournaments will start at 7:05 p.m.
A Super Sunday Tournament schedule has also been posted, with a variety of game formats offered, and buy-ins ranging from CA$1.10 to CA$530.
BetMGM Poker Ontario Super Sunday Tournament Schedule
|Time||Super Sunday||Total (CAD)||Buy-In (CAD)||Fee (CAD)|
|3:05 PM||The Sunday Grind||$33||$30||$3|
|4:05 PM||The Sunday Stack||$11||$10||$1|
|5:05 PM||The Sunday Masters||$55||$50||$5|
|5:05 PM||The Super Sunday 20 PKO||$22||$20||$2|
|5:05 PM||The Sunday Jab PKO||$1.10||$1||$0.10|
|6:05 PM||The Super Sunday 50 PKO||$55||$50||$5|
|6:30 PM||The Super Sunday 10 PKO||$11||$10||$1|
|7:05 PM||The Sunday High Roller||$530||$500||$30|
|7:05 PM||The Super Sunday 100 PKO||$109||$100||$9|
|7:05 PM||The Super Sunday 30 PKO||$33||$30||$3|
|7:05 PM||The Sunday Brawl PKO||$3.30||$3||$0.30|
|8:05 PM||The Sunday Brawl PKO||$22||$20||$2|
Links to promotions, banking, and the BetMGM M life Rewards program are also in the poker room. The entire BetMGM Poker Ontario site has a similar appearance and navigation controls as its sister sites in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Learn more about bonuses, promos, games, and more in our comprehensive BetMGM Poker Ontario Review »