Online casino and sports betting operator Rush Street Interactive (RSI) announced on Thursday that it had received its iGaming operator registration from Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
In an official press release, RSI said it plans to meet all remaining regulatory requirements and launch its BetRivers online casino and sportsbook in Ontario on April 4, 2022, the first day online gaming will be permitted in the province.
RSI is currently live in Ontario with its free social gaming platform, CASINO4FUNaccessed from BetRivers.ca and is powered by the same proprietary technology behind RSI’s real money platform.
Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, spoke about this new milestone and said, “Receiving our registration in Ontario is an important milestone that demonstrates our commitment to operating only in legalized markets where we pay local taxes, and we are grateful for the confidence of the AGCO. We are now set to launch BetRivers real money online casino and sportsbook in Ontario and bring our unique betting options, such as our innovative peer-to-peer slot tournaments or same game parlays, fast payments and award-winning customer. service to the millions of residents of the province. Our free-to-play social gaming platform has seen strong traction in Ontario so far, and we look forward to bringing these players equally entertaining and responsible experiences when our real-money offerings arrive on April 4th.
Upon the launch of BetRivers real money online casino and sports betting in Ontario, Canada will join the United States and Colombia to become the third country where RSI operates real-money online gaming. The company also has access to the Mexican online casino and sports betting markets through its partnership with media conglomerate Grupo Multimedioswhere he expects launch the online casino and sports betting in the second quarter of 2022.
AGCO first approved operators confirmed were TheScore Bet, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Rivalry Corp and PointsBet. fans unite join the list this week. Based in Israel 888 followed, just before GGPoker was granted a license to launch a WSOP.ca poker site in the province. Until there, WSOP/GGPoker and 888 are the first two poker operators to receive such authorization.
The launch of the new online gaming market in Ontario was announced by iGaming Ontario and AGCO, in a joint effort to establish a new marketplace that will help protect consumers and provide more choice.
Private game operators registered with the AGCO who have signed an operating agreement with iGO can begin offering their games to players in Ontario from the launch date. The companies will operate the gaming sites in the marketplace on behalf of the province in accordance with these agreements.
Monday, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) also announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA))with the objective of provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two entities on betting and related integrity matters to protect the broader Ontario and Canadian marketplace, sports, consumers and regulated betting operators from corrupt activity.