PokerStars Spain and France now share liquidity

As players in Spain and France merge their player pools, the world’s largest online poker room announce plans for bigger, better tournaments.

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In a landmark moment for European online poker, PokerStars became the first operator to offer players in France and Spain the chance to play against each other across the border.

The merger, the first of its kind, comes after Spanish authorities published new regulations sanctioning shared liquidity pools with their neighbours.

Believing that others, namely Italy and Portugal, will be following on shortly, Spain’s Official State Gazette released the resolution, signed by Spanish gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), allowing liquidity sharing.

The revised document was drawn up at the end of 2017, published on Monday and came in to effect on Tuesday, save for any technical issues.

Portugal remains hesitant to join in with France and Spain right away, while the Italian market, which last week saw 888poker launch their product there, is also stalling slightly due to senators’ unfounded concerns surrounding money laundering.

PokerStars first to the punch


PokerStars immediately stole a march on their competitors which comes as little surprise given the site’s French domain had already been issued a cross-border license from French regulator ARJEL.

Naturally, a larger market will allow for bigger prizepools, guarantees and promotions, the first of which have already been announced.

This will include the €5 million gtd France Espania Hold’em (FRESH) series, which will run from January the 28th to the 11th of February. The series will include depositor freerolls, special Spin & Go FRESH Main Event qualifiers, second chance freerolls and relevant satellites as well as a revised tournament schedule.

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  • SDK1987


    Hopefully they will share the rest of the world players pool soon.
    That's more interesting then this I think.
  • Jmh01


    Even small steps are steps.