Canadian wins close to $100,000 on popular poker lottery game
By Bob Garcia
Poker rooms in Ontario, Canada might be closed due to COVID-19, but players are still getting their flop, turn, and river action in via the province’s lottery system.
A man from Brampton, Ontario (just outside Toronto) won over $97,000 playing OLG’s Poker Lotto All in game.
Michael Hundeck initially won $92,189.30 on the Poker Lotto All In jackpot, plus an extra $5,000 on the instant portion of the popular lotto game. What’s more, he pocketed another $5 by matching two of five cards.
The OLG website describes Poker Lotto as follows:
“Your cards are dealt on the customer display screen for you to view. Each hand consists of five cards randomly chosen from a standard 52-card deck. Hit a winning poker hand and win up to $5,000 on the spot plus a Jackpot starting at $10,000 if you played ALL IN!”
There is also a nightly draw, which OLG describes as follows:
“Five winning cards are drawn nightly for the lotto draw. Win by matching 2 or more cards to the winning cards. Overall prize payout is 59.9 per cent for POKER LOTTO and 50 per cent for ALL IN.”
Poker Lotto isn’t the only way for Ontarians to play virtual poker. There are no laws on the books prohibiting players from anteing up at an offshore poker site, and some of the world’s most popular online card rooms are open to Canadians.
While iGaming sites aren’t regulated by the government, that could soon change. The government of Ontario recently announced that it would license and regulate offshore iGaming sites, moving away from an official government-run online casino, which is currently operated by OLG. That site does not offer peer-to-peer gaming such as online poker.