PokerStars Snags First-Ever License for Portuguese Market

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PokerStars will be the first official online poker operator in Portugal.

Earlier this week the Amaya-owned site received official approval from the country’s gaming board.

The license was actually awarded to REEL Europe Ltd but that’s a subsidiary of Amaya. A brand-new will be coming to the market in the near future.

It will be the first time since 2015 that PokerStars will be available in the market.

Poker, Blackjack and More will be permitted to run NLHE, Omaha and tournaments in addition to Blackjack and French Roulette.

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Portugese poker pro Joao Barbosa.

Unfortunately will be a restricted market with players only able to compete against opponents actually located in Portugal.

There is talk, however, of a shared liquidity deal with other EU members such as Spain, Italy and France.

PokerStars left the Portuguese market in 2015 when local lawmakers drafted stricter online gaming rules.

There have already been four licenses awarded to online casinos and sports betting sites but PokerStars is the first online poker operator in the country to be granted a license.

For the time being the website still reads “Coming Soon” but an official launch is expected soon.

Only time will tell if PokerStars will once again host some real-life tournaments in the country.

Vilamoura used to be a prominent stop on the European Poker Tour but currently there are no events on either the PokerStars Championship or PokerStars Festival schedule set in Portugal.

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