France and Spain are set to become the first two countries to pool online poker liquidity following last year's signing of a cross-border agreement between four European iGaming jurisdictions.
Poker tables made up of French and Spanish players are set to launch in the coming weeks after both countries passed legislation to facilitate liquidity sharing.
French regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has already awarded PokerStars a licence to launch cross-border tables in December last year, while Spain's Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) authorised liquidity sharing last week on December 29th.
This means Spanish licensees can now apply for approval to launch liquidity-sharing with licensed sites in France, Italy and Portugal. The decision comes into force from mid-January, clearing the way for the first French-Spanish tables to go live before the end of the month.
It follows the signing of an agreement by the French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish regulators in July last year, allowing companies to pool liquidity provided they hold licences in all four territories.
Portugal and Italy are yet to announce timelines for establishing an approval process for operators looking to join the cross-border network.