There will be one less payment solution available to Canadian poker players at the start of the New Year. Leading online payments provider Skrill began informing customers this week that it will cease offering its services in Canada on Jan. 2, 2014.
Skrill confirmed to PokerNews on Wednesday that it is exiting the Canadian market on the aforementioned date. A company spokesperson said that merchants have already been notified of the change and customers are being encouraged to withdraw any funds in merchant systems before Jan. 31, 2014.
High-stakes poker player Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky received an email from Skrill on Tuesday and posted it on the TwoPlusTwo forums. Many others claimed that they received the same email:
"We wanted to let you know that Skrill has reviewed its operations and will cease processing gambling payments in Canada. Payments to gambling merchants will no longer be processed from 2 January, with payments from merchants ceasing on 31 January.
"Skrill will be notifying active gamblers next week and will also communicate this to its broader Canadian customer base. Please ensure you liaise with appropriate departments within your business to communicate this development and to articulate any impact across your organisation.
"Skrill would like to thank you for your custom and remains committed to partnering with you to support your future business plans."
Skrill delivers payment solutions across desktop, mobile and tablet offerings. While the company has decided to exit the Canadian market, it was approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) last month and will be the only company to offer a digital wallet for regulated gambling in the state.