The owners of Hanaya Poker in Ottawa say they’re hoping to make the city an increasingly popular spot for poker players.
The Ottawa poker store chain has more than doubled in size since the summer and has been adding new stores across Canada.
In February, the company opened its first shop in Toronto.
“We’re looking at it as an opportunity to expand into a larger market, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Jeff Stiles, the co-owner of Hanayas in Ottawa.
“Our goal is to bring the whole world of poker into our store, and I think Ottawa has great players.”
The company has had some success in Ontario.
Earlier this year, Hanaya opened its second shop in Calgary.
Last year, the Ottawa shop had its first store in Mississauga.
The company is also eyeing an expansion in Quebec.
In addition to the Ottawa location, Stiles said the company is opening stores in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
Ottawa’s poker community is booming with poker players from all over Canada flocking to the city to play and trade.
There are more than 100 online poker rooms in Ottawa and they’re always looking for new members to join.
“I think Ottawa is an ideal market to start this business,” said Stiles.
“The city is well-known as a poker capital and we’re seeing an increase in the number of people coming in to play.”
A poker player at a Hanaya poker store in Ottawa, October 2017.
(CBC)Stiles said he thinks Hanaya is also well-positioned for an expansion into Quebec, which has a strong poker community.
He said there are currently about 100 online players in Quebec, and he believes there are more in the province than in any other province.
“They’re the people who have already played a couple of years in Canada and have made friends and become regulars, so they’re really the type of people we want to tap into,” said the Ottawa poker owner.
He added that the company wants to expand beyond just Quebec and has plans to open a shop in Ottawa in 2018.
“Ottawa has been a fantastic community for poker and we are looking to expand it into more of Canada.”
The company plans to be open all year, Stises said.
He hopes to keep up with the growth in poker in Ottawa by adding new locations.
“There’s a lot of growth in the industry, and we can see the potential of this area,” said Martin.
“If we can expand to a larger size, we can have a bigger presence there, which is something we would like to do.”
In Ottawa, poker has become something of a hot topic.
The Canadian government is in the midst of an expansion of its online poker laws.
The proposed changes would create a federal online poker commission to oversee and regulate online poker in Canada.
The commission would also be responsible for monitoring and monitoring the industry.
As the province of Quebec has the largest online poker population in Canada, St. John’s University Professor Daniel Sartain has argued that Ottawa has a lot to gain from opening up its online gambling industry to the rest of Canada.
“It is in fact a very positive thing for Ottawa,” said Sartains.
“It allows Ottawa to expand its online gaming industry beyond its borders.”