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Canadian Investigators Visit Amaya Gaming

Canadian authorities visited the headquarters of the Amaya Gaming group, as part of an unknown investigation.

The visits were unannounced, and included law enforcement from the Royal Canadian Mounted police and financial regulators from Autorité des Marchés Financiers. The same unexpected visits were also done with Canacord Ingenuity bank, and insurance firm Manulife Financial. Both of those firms were involved in an agreement for Amaya to purchase PokerStars parent company the Rational Group.

Details on the visit have not been divulged, but a representative from Autorité des Marchés Financiers did confirm to Fobes that the investigation is centered around Amaya. For their part, Amaya said the investigators are looking into the company's acquisition of the Rational Group, but denied any wrongdoing.

Speculation by gaming observers claim that the investigation could be related to insider trading, as Amaya's stock price shot up as a precursor to the announcement of its acquisition deal.

Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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