Canada - The Number One World Online Poker-Playing Country!

Whilst the United States government slammed the door on many poker-playing sites when Black Friday went down, the Canadian govenment actually went the other way and passed legislation to open the door to the legal operation of online poker sites to accept Canadian players. Scores of US-based online poker players who couldn't live without their daily fix of seeing multiple flops migrated across the border overnight (well, kind of).

If you're a poker fan then you've a lot to thank Canada for. It's suspected that the game of poker derived from three different but similar games known as "Poque" in France, "Pochen" in Germany and "Primero" in Spain. A group of French colonials brought their version of the game to the New World in the mid 1700s, and from there it moved to New Orleans when that city was settled by French-Canadians in the early 1800s. This new form of "poque" spread quickly across Louisiana, then up the Mississippi to the rest of the United States. For most of the 1900s poker was actually banned in Canada because of the game's association with gambling and related criminal activities, but this ban was relaxed in the 1960s.

When Black Friday hit in 2011 some poker rooms - fearful of the seizure of their assets - went the whole hog and completely banned all North American players from their online poker sites. Eventually, these sites relented and began to once again allow Canadian players to sit at their tables. These days, virtually every online poker site you may come across will be more than happy to welcome you if you're a Canadian-based poker player (even if you've defected from the USA!). Here is a list of plenty of the best poker rooms that accept Canadian-based players:

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One of the best iPoker network sites where any poker player can be a "Winner" if they play the game right!

Sign up with Winner Poker to receive a massive 250% First Deposit Bonus available up to a mammoth €1,500 + £10 FREE!

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PartyPoker was THE No.1 place to play poker before it was hit by the ban on US players that rocked the poker world in 2011.

Now PartyPoker is back with a complete new look and feel. The question is - can it regain that coveted number one spot?

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The Poker Room from one of the UK's biggest bookmakers - William Hill have been around over eighty years!

Enjoy your poker backed by one of UK's most familiar high-street names - there's a tasty bonus waiting as well!

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Enjoy your poker playing at Titan Poker, one of the best online poker sites under the iPoker Network umbrella.

Join thousands of your fellow players at the tables and play Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and more!

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Bet365 began life in a portakabin in Stoke-on-Trent in England and are now one of the biggest online gaming portals in the world!

One of the few big poker sites to offer a no-deposit bonus - grab your free €5 when you sign up! FREE money to begin your poker career!

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You can play Hold'em, Omaha and Stud at 888poker, plus the adrenalin-fuelled "Snap Poker" especially for speed poker addicts.

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With the first wave of online poker sites, Bodog was up there and competing with all the major poker giants.

Now Bodog is back and finding it's feet (or paws?) in the wonderful world of online poker once again.

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BetOnline is another one of the developing poker rooms that finally are accepting players who are based in the United States!

If you like to gamble on more than poker, then BetOnline could be the right choice for you - sports betting is also available!

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Aced Poker is perhaps the longest-server poker room who have continued to accept US-based players, having been around since 2007.

They are part of the extensive Australia-based Merge Gaming Network meaning there's always plenty of players around for you to compete with.

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If you're an Omaha High or High-low lover, then you might think yourself short-changed at poker rooms as Texas Hold'em seems to be the number one game.

Not so at Mansion Poker - Omaha is very much the favored game, and there are plenty of extra benefits for Omaha Players!

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Full Flush Poker is part of the Equity poker network - a great new network designed to bring the best for online poker players

If you're based in the United States you be pleased to hear that Full Flush Poker is open to USA-based players!

Canada has produced some of the best poker-players of all time, including Daniel Negreanu, Jonathon Duhamel and Tuan Lam. Negreanu was born in Toronto in 1974 to parents who had migrated there from Romania. He learned to play poker at 15, and left his home city in 1996 to move to Las Vegas and pursue his dream of becoming a poker pro. It was a dream he was able to turn into reality, as he has since won six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour championship titles. Daniel was third on the all-time poker money-makers list in May 2014 with career earnings of $21,250,973 - just six places and $9 million above his fellow countryman Duhamel.

Depsite these massive bank accounts every poker player, Canadian or otherwise, has to start somewhere. Why not start your own poker career at one of the poker sites I've listed above? Give it a year or two and you could soon be joining Daniel, Jonathon and Tuan at a top-dollar world poker event!

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