Originally Posted by Brother Love
I'm sure Canada and the UK will follow suit sooner or later (rather sooner than later for the UK).
I'm not sure about Canada preventing Canadians from playing on offshore sites. Canada's gambling isn't centralised, it's run by the provinces (states). There's basically a provincial lottery organisation which runs the lotteries, sports betting, casinos, and is recently starting with online gambling. 2 provinces have created online poker rooms (and I think they share their player pools). On a Friday night though, I see 840 people online (on other days it's around 200), so it's clear Canadians couldn't give a rats a** about government poker.
The reason PokerStars is excluding Spanish, French, Italian, etc. players is because they have licences to have a poker room in that specific country. Provinces would never grant such a licence to anyone because being the greedy c***s that they are, they want all the profit to themselves (they also sell us alcohol in government stores, not private liquor stores). So, without providing real regulation to licence bookmakers/poker rooms to open up shop in the individual provinces, and not even having the resources in my opinion to go after any big site and take them down (and I doubt they have the power to tell banks not to do business with XYZ company), I don't think what's happening in many countries will happen to Canada.
Like another poster in this thread said, poker being illegal in a country isn't bad. It doesn't mean sites like Stars can't operate there, but when countries start regulating it themselves and giving licences to these operators to operate WITHIN their countries, that's when we have to worry about segregated pools.