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How to migrate your PokerStars account to Ontario

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As of June 28, 2022, Ontario-based PokerStars players must migrate their account to the new PokerStars Ontario Platform. The process may seem daunting at first, but only takes a few moments and follows an easy process. This is mandatory for all account holders in Ontario.

All you have to do is follow this simple step by step guide and you will have your PokerStars Quebec account creation in no time.

One last thing before you begin the instructions below, just know that your account balance is protected. All funds, tournament money, tournament tickets and Star Coins will be converted to Canadian dollars and automatically added to your account in Ontario.

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Step One: Log in to your PokerStars account

First stop in Ontario

Access your PokerStars account as you normally would, then a message will appear explaining that Ontario-based players will now need to play at on.pokerstars.ca.

Simply read the pop-up and once you’re done, go to the next step by clicking the “OK, go to on.pokerstars.ca” button.

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Step Two: Confirm Login Information

Second Ontario leg

A confirmation screen will then appear and this simply states that you will always use the same login details to continue using your account.

Step Three: Confirm Account Migration

Third Ontario leg

You can then either log out of PokerStars or go to on.pokerstars.ca to confirm that you want to migrate your account.

Once you have re-entered your login information, the PokerStars Ontario software will automatically update and be ready to go. Mobile users should note that they will need to download the PokerStars Ontario app. Then connect to the new Ontario site.

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Step Four: Accept New Agreements and Policies

Fourth Ontario Stage

You will then be asked to accept the new End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy. Make sure you’ve read this before ticking the boxes you want to tick, or you can just tap the Select All slider.

All you have to do is click accept and you have completed the last step of opening your account.

Step Five: Verify Your PokerStars Ontario Account

The last step is simple, as you only need to verify your account in Ontario, which is a breeze. You can do this via a multitude of documentation such as:

  • Utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • Insurance documents
  • Correspondence from local authorities
  • Letters from financial institutions

A full list of accepted documents can also be found here.

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Eligible iGames organized and operated by iGO are only available to persons physically present in the province of Ontario. PokerStars operates under an agreement with iGaming Ontario.

For more information, visit the Ontario Players Home Page

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PokerStars Ontario Migration FAQ

Is it legal to play online poker in Canada?

In the 10 provinces of Canada, you can play online poker from operators who have obtained a license to operate.

However, for players, it is legal to play online poker in all ten Canadian provinces.

Is it legal to play online poker in Ontario?

As of April 4, 2022, this is when online poker became regulated.

For companies whose license has been accepted, such as PokerStars Ontario, you are legally entitled to play using this software and these platforms.

What are the tax implications of migrating to PokerStars?

In Canada, an individual’s online gambling winnings would not be considered taxable income of someone who gambles online as a hobby. However, an individual’s gaming activities may result in taxable business income or business loss in certain circumstances.

The best course of action would be to seek tax advice from a trusted tax advisor on whether or not you may be considered to be carrying on a gambling business and generating taxable business income or loss.

How do I verify my PokerStars account?

You can verify your PokerStars account using a range of documents including utility bills, bank statements, insurance documents, correspondence from local authorities and letters from financial institutions.

A full list of accepted documents can also be found here.

Can I continue to play with friends/other people in other countries?

No. Ontario players can only play against other Ontario based players. Shared global liquidity is currently unavailable.

However, play money players can still play online against people from different countries.

Can I log in if I visit another country?

No. You will only be able to log in and play if you are located and reside in Ontario.

Can I keep my old PokerStars Canada account?

No, once the migration is complete, you will no longer have access to .NET.

Should I migrate my account to PokerStars Ontario?

Yes. As of June 28, 2022, Ontario-based PokerStars players must migrate their account to the new PokerStars Ontario platform. This is mandatory for all account holders in Ontario.

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Calum has been with the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the energy sector in the UK. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. The poker feat Calum is most proud of is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious night Flamingos at $60.