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Amaya Gaming, parent company of PokerStars, probed in Quebec

Provincial securities authorities are investigating Amaya Inc., the Quebec-based gaming company that recently bought PokerStars.

Amaya Gaming's headquarters in Pointe-Claire, Que., raided by RCMP Wednesday

The Amaya Gaming Group headquarters on June 13, 2014 in Montreal. The company acquired Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Quebec's financial regulator has raided the world's largest online gambling company.

Montreal-based Amaya Gaming Group said the raids were related to the company's $4.9-billion purchase of PokerStars and FullTilt Poker last summer.

The company said in a statement it's co-operating with Autorité des marches financiers (AMF), the Quebec agency that oversees the province's securities industry.

The AMF carried out raids at three major companies in Montreal this week —​ Amaya, Manulife Financial and Canaccord Genuity.

The AMF's Sylvain Théberge would only confirm the raids, and said no arrests were made. The RCMP assisted in the operation.

Amaya's offices in Pointe-Claire on Montreal's West Island were raided on Wednesday.  

Amaya said that, to its knowledge, the investigation doesn't involve allegations of wrongdoing by the corporation.

Manulife Financial and Canaccord Genuity aiso said they were aware of the investigation and were co-operating, but declined to provide details.

"All questions should be directed to the AMF," Manulife said in an email.

with files from The Canadian Press

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