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Portugal approves online poker liquidity with Spain and France

Portugal’s iGaming regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) has approved technical requirements to share online poker liquidity with Spain and France.

Last month Spanish and French authorities launched the first cross-border online poker liquidity sharing between European jurisdictions, with PokerStars the first operator to go live with the offering. This followed last year's agreement between French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish regulators in July. The SRIJ said that it had now approved the technical system which guarantees the security, control and reporting requirements for “safe and responsible” play by customers. The approved regulations have been sent for publication in the country’s Diário da República, following which the new laws will come into force the day afterwards. As of that date, licensed online poker operators will be able to offer poker table games and tournaments involving players from Portugal, Spain, and France, provided that they comply with requirements established by each of these countries. Italy is yet to announce a timeline for joining the network.


The SRIJ said that it had now approved the technical system which guarantees the security, control and reporting requirements for “safe and responsible” play by customers.

The approved regulations have been sent for publication in the country’s Diário da República, following which the new laws will come into force the day afterwards.

As of that date, licensed online poker operators will be able to offer poker table games and tournaments involving players from Portugal, Spain, and France, provided that they comply with requirements established by each of these countries. Italy is yet to announce a timeline for joining the network.


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