Spain Grants Gaming Licenses, Online Poker Rooms Launched

Depending on your perspective, this first week of June is either a great week for online poker in Europe or an “oh great, more of this” week. This is the week that a number of poker rooms were granted the first gaming licenses in Spain and several just went live on Tuesday.

Those who take the “glass half full” approach are happy that another country has officially made online poker legal and established regulations to protect players. Those in the “glass half empty” camp are going to lament the fact that Spanish players must play on “dot es” domains and will be segregated from the rest of the world. It should be noted, however, that this might change; it is possible that Spanish players will be able to compete against their international brethren as soon as early next year.

Amongst those operators granted licenses are PokerStars, PartyPoker, Ongame, 888 and Microgaming...

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