We knew already that France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy – four European countries who had online poker ass-backwards,were finally going to allow for shared player liquidity. It is not perfect, as it doesn’t include all countries with regulating online gaming, but they announced that they would sign an agreement to share player pools among the four countries. Last week this agreement was signed.
This a very good step to the right direction and it open they doors for the dream to have in future all eu countries again in one big share player pool.
Here is the brief statement each nation released:
The 6th of July the French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian online gambling regulatory authorities signed an agreement concerning online poker liquidity sharing.
This agreement aims at improving cooperation and information exchanges among the authorities to allow the liquidity sharing between licensed online poker operators, fighting the illegal market and fraud, guaranteeing player protection and the respect of the anti-money laundering prescriptions.
The concrete implementation of the sharing will depend on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.
The authorities commit to make their best efforts to enable effective implementation by the end of the year.
Even if they write want to start by the end of the year, the reality shows that it take usually much longer. Everybody would be happy if the changes will take effect in the beginning of 2017.