News broke today that the Entraction network will block players from Canada, Israel, Norway, Russia and Turkey starting September 29. The move is expected to insulate Entraction from risky unregulated markets, though the company’s choice to avoid Canada and remain in Italy, home to the bulk of the network’s players, is strange. Currently Italians are playing under non-Italian rake structures at networks like Entraction and ENET.
Paddy Power is another poker room that does not accept Canadian action. It is expected, however, that Paddy Power will take bets from Canada when software and licensing deals are completed with interests in the region. We’ll have to wait and see if Entraction has something similar in place with IGT. Earlier this year IGT announced plans to purchase Entraction Holding AB of Stockholm, Sweden, for about $115 million.