partypoker Obtains Gaming License to Operate in Italy

  • partypoker has launched its online poker platform in Italy four years after exiting the market
  • Tournament schedule has yet to be announced
  • Hosting online WPT events, Irish Poker Open due to cancellation of live events
  • Lack of liquidity sharing between Italy and other European markets may be an issue
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partypoker has obtained a license to offer real money online poker in Italy four years after exiting the market. [Image:]

Four-year absence

Following a four-year absence, partypoker has been granted a gaming license to operate in Italy’s online poker market. This new license came into effect on April 1 and the platform is now live.

Players from Italy are now welcome to enjoy cash games and enter prestigious multi-table tournaments at partypoker. The MTT schedule has yet to be published, but it is expected to follow in the coming weeks.

welcome to enjoy cash games and enter prestigious multi-table tournaments at partypoker

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay at home, online poker sites are experiencing high levels of traffic.

Since the deadly coronavirus outbreak caused numerous live poker tournaments to be canceled, partypoker has announced that it will host online WPT events and an online version of the Irish Poker Open.

Liquidity needed

Tom Waters, partypoker’s managing director, spoke about the company obtaining an operating license in Italy. He said: “Despite recent changes that restrict marketing in Italy, the poker market there remains an exciting opportunity for partypoker.”

As time goes on, this offering will expand in scope. One of the main issues that partypoker will have to deal with in Italy is the absence of liquidity sharing. Cross-border gaming is not yet a reality even though Italy has an agreement in place with Portugal, Spain, and France. 

Impact of COVID-19

The deadly coronavirus outbreak has hit Italy hard. It has been confirmed that more than 119,000 Italians have contracted the virus to date, resulting in the deaths of almost 15,000 people.

Italy’s self-isolation measures are set to remain in place for the foreseeable future. While retail gambling operations are suffering, online gaming platforms are taking advantage of very high traffic levels.

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