Portugal

  • Spain clears decks for poker liquidity sharing with France

    Spain and France have taken another step toward shared online poker liquidity following the official publication of Spain’s new regulations. On Monday, Spain’s Official State Gazette published the resolution signed on December 29 by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) authorizing online poker liquidity sharing between state-licensed...
  • Portugal online gambling market suffers first revenue decline

    Portugal’s regulated online gambling market took a step backward in Q2 as locally licensed operators struggled to find new customers. The Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) regulatory body released its Q2 and H1 2017 online gambling figures on Tuesday, which showed the market’s seven...
  • The EC rubber stamps Portugal’s online poker shared liquidity framework

    After a long and laborious wait, the European Commission finally rubber-stamped a technical framework from the Serviços de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos allowing them to start negotiating with other European regulators on a shared online poker liquidity scheme. The sorry saga for online poker pros trying to ply...
  • Gaming in Portugal: overview

    Legislative framework of gambling regulation   ◊ Status: Law stated as at 01-Nov-2016 | Jurisdiction: Portugal Contents ♦ Legislative framework of gambling regulation    ◊ Overview    ◊ Regulatory authorities ♦ Land-based gambling    ◊ Regulation/licensing ♦ Online gambling    ◊ Regulation/licensing    ◊ B2B and B2C ♦ Mobile gambling...
  • Portugal suspends bets over match-fixing fears

    LISBON: Portugal’s state betting firm suspended wagers on a first-division match between Rio Ave and Feirense after an unusually large amount of money was placed on the game, sparking suspicions of match-fixing. It is the first time that betting on a first-division match in Portugal has been suspended and...
  • Portugal finalizes online poker liquidity sharing plan

    After months of delay, Portugal has finally sent its new online poker liquidity sharing technical standards to the European Commission for approval. Last November, Portugal welcomed the first online poker site (Amaya Gaming’s PokerStars) under the country’s new online gambling licensing regime, but it wasn’t until this Tuesday that...
  • Regulated market embraced by PokerStars’ Portuguese players

    The newly launched PokerStars.pt in Portugal is one of the busiest online pokers sites in the world based on real money cash game players. That is the finding of PokerScout, an online poker traffic ranking site which estimates the number of players at cash game tables on the major...
  • Betclic-Everest Group granted new online casino license to operate in Portugal

    Country yet to issue inaugural online poker license The Portuguese gambling regulator has issued its second license for the operation of an online casino in the nation to the local BEM Operations Limited subsidiary of French gambling giant Betclic-Everest Group. July saw the Servico Regulacao E Inspecao De Jogos...
  • Stanley Ho firm launches Portugal’s first online casino

    Portuguese gaming operator Estoril Sol SGPS SA – majority controlled by business interests connected to Macau casino entrepreneur Stanley Ho Hung Sun – launched this week what Portuguese media described as the first licensed website to offer legal online casino gambling in Portugal. The website was established in partnership with...
  • Protected: Macau Legend eyes Portugal project featuring gaming

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  • Portugal gets its second licensed online sports betting operator

    Malta-based Bet Entertainment Technologies Ltd has been announced as the second online operator to be awarded a license under Portugal’s new online gambling licensing regime. Bet Entertainment will offer its services to Portuguese customers on the www.bet.pt domain, which operates on a platform provided by SBTech. The Portuguese regulator,...
  • Bet.pt launches in Portugal with Sbtech’s Sportsbook & igaming platform

    Portuguese bookmaker Bet Entertainment Technologies Limited (bet.pt) has launched a Sportsbook and iGaming platform in Portugal powered by leading Sportsbetting provider SBTech. Bet.pt has been granted an online Sportsbetting license in Portugal by gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ).This license will...
  • Macau Legend to invest in project in Portugal: report

    Macau-based casino services firm Macau Legend Development Ltd is to announce later this week a new investment project in Portugal, reports Rádio Macau. The investment includes what the media outlet described as an “integrated resort” with hotel, residential and retail facilities, and a marina. It is to be located in...
  • Portugal’s Solverde to enter iGaming market with NYX Gaming Group

    Portuguese land-based casino operator Sociedade de Investimentos Turísticos da Costa Verde (Solverde) is to expand into the online gaming sector in partnership with Toronto listed supplier NYX Gaming Group.  With five casinos in Portugal and more than 40 years’ experience in the market, Solverde is one of the country’s largest...
  • BetClic Everest first sports-betting operator to move into new Portugal

    BetClic Everest has become the first operator to launch in Portugal’s regulated online sports-betting market. The operator says on its website that its Portuguese offering is primarily for the Portuguese market, but is available for all Portuguese-speaking players. Sports-betting appears to be the only vertical on offer at the...
  • Betclic Everest first to launch online in Portugal’s regulated betting market

    French operator Betclic Everest Group has been awarded the first online sports betting license under Portugal’s new regulated online gambling market. On Wednesday, Betclic launched its Betclic.pt site after finally receiving the go-ahead from local regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ). The launch comes...
  • Protected: Police dismantle Russian money laundering ring operating in the football sector

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  • Another Online Poker Boycott: And This Time It Has Nothing To Do With PokerStars

    The decision to restrict player liquidity in Portugal, as reported back in December, has resulted in members of ANAon—the Portuguese Player Association—angrily declaring that they will boycott nationally regulated online poker rooms. That is, unless the regulator agrees to shared international player liquidity—which does not look very likely at...
  • European Union sets new rules on casino betting

    A normative rule published in the Official Journal of the European Union establishes new rules for the gaming industry across the EU. The directive seeks to address “the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing.” It amends a previous...
  • Portugal to Segregate Online Poker in Unexpected Announcement

    In an unprecedented move at the Gambling Compliance conference in Lisbon on Monday, SRIJ Director and Head of Online Gambling Manuela Bandeira announced that regulated online poker in Portugal would be segregated. This is a major blow to Portuguese players and online poker operators looking to enter the Portuguese market....
  • Portugal Introduces New Online Gambling Tax

    Portugal’s controversial new online gambling tax came into force at the end of June, prompting a number of online gaming providers to exit the country. Under the new regime, the gross revenues of companies providing online gambling services will be subject to a 15 percent tax if their annual...
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