French regulator ARJEL paves way for Partypoker
The French regulator Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has issued two new licenses for shared online poker liquidity, paving the way for GVC’s Partypoker to enter the French-Spanish market.
ARJEL issued tow lincenses for B.E.S SAS, a subsidiary of Bwin, as well as for PMU, a French horse-racing operator, to share online poker liquidity with other jurisdictions.
PMU is a French racing and sports betting operator, which operates an online poker skin that is part of the Partypoker.fr network.
B.E.S. SAS is a sports betting brand of online gambling operator GVC Holdings, which also owns PartyPoker. GVC already released its shared liquidity plans in February.
Partypoker is the second poker site after PokerStars to share liquidity
Partypoker will become the second big online poker network to enter the Spanisch-French market after PokerStars.es, joined the shared liquidity pool on 16th of January.
Non-Resident Players will be able to join the soft player pool
This means that Spain and partypoker.es has shared liquidity non-resident players will be able to join the soft player pool as it is already the case at PokerStars.es.
Portugal plans to enter shared liquidity pool soon
PokerStars is the only site, that has a licence for Portugal and it plans to extend its pool to Portugal sometime in Q2 of 2018.
While PMU has yet to establish a Spanish poker license, both PartyPoker and Bwin are already operating brands in Spain’s regulated poker market.
Spain is one of four countries together with France, Italy and Portugal, that signed a deal signed last summer to share their online poker liquidity.
When will Italy join the shared liquidity?
There is still a big question mark when Italy will join the shared liquidity pool as there are ongoing discussions within the country.
Originally it was also planned for Q2 2018 and Pierre Paolo Beretta, Italy’s Undersecretary to the Ministry of the Economy, recently confirmed that the country would honor the pact it signed.
We will keep you updated here on VIP-Grinders.com as soon as there are any news or a date for either Italy or Portugal has been released to enter the shared online poker liquidity pool.
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