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  • Gaming in Spain - Overview -

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  • Slots the star of Spain’s regulated online gambling market

    Slots the star of Spain’s regulated online gambling market

    Slots was the star and poker the ugly duckling of Spain’s regulated online gambling market in Q4 2016. Figures released this week by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) show healthy gains in the online gambling market in the three months ending December 31, with...
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    Rivera resigns from DGOJ

    The Director General of Spain’s La Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), Carlos Hernández Rivera, has stepped down following a proposal by the Minister of Finance and Public Administration and the subsequent decision by Spain’s Council of Ministers earlier this month. Rivera, who has held the position for...
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    French And Spanish Sports Betting Revenues Soar After Euro 2016 And The Olympics

    THE EURO 2016 GAVE FRENCH AND SPANISH OPERATORS A REVENUE BONUS IN Q2: THE OLYMPICS WILL HELP IN Q3 Q2 reports issued by DGOJ and ARJEL, the Spanish and French regulators respectively, show that this year’s top sporting events have given onlinesports betting revenues a huge boost. The ARJEL...
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    Spain’s Barcelona casino scheme downsized: reports

    A plan for a new tourism and entertainment area in Barcelona, Spain is moving ahead after a revamp that cut its projected gaming area to a seventh of the original size, it was announced last week. Two Asian casino groups – Melco group and Genting group – are reportedly involved in...
  • EU Commission requires Spanish football clubs to pay back State aid

    EU Commission requires Spanish football clubs to pay back State aid

    On 4 July 2016, the European Commission has ordered Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs (Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Osasuna, Elche, and Hercules) to repay tens of millions received as state aid in breach of EU unfair competition regulations. According to the EU Commission, public financial...
  • Spanish football clubs to repay tens of millions in illegal state subsidies

    Spanish football clubs to repay tens of millions in illegal state subsidies

    Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs must repay tens of millions of euros in illegal state subsidies, after the EU executive found they had received unfair financial aid from their government. Real Madrid, the world’s top-earning football club, will have to repay €18.4m (£15.4m), after...
  • REGULATORS - DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR THE REGULATION OF GAMBLING

    Spain Gambling Regulator

    »» DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR THE REGULATION OF GAMBLING The Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling is the Ministry of Finance and General Government body accountable to the State Secretary of the Treasury, which regulates, authorises, supervises, controls and, if necessary, penalises gambling activities in the Spanish State. Functions:...
  • PokerStars Adds Video Poker to its Online Casino

    PokerStars Adds Video Poker to its Online Casino

    Those that play at the PokerStars Casino may notice a new tab at the top of the client. In addition to Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and other table games, Video Poker is now available in select markets and presumably will be rolled out further in the near future. PokerStars first...
  • Poker tournaments become a big deal in Barcelona...

    Poker tournaments become a big deal in Barcelona

    It wasn’t so long ago that poker was illegal in Catalonia. But Barcelona is rapidly styling itself as the game’s European capital, and is second only to Las Vegas as the most popular destination for the world’s top players. This weekend, 93 players sat down to the European Poker...
  • Why Amaya Thinks Casino and Sportsbook Will Benefit Poker Players...

    Why Amaya Thinks Casino and Sportsbook Will Benefit Poker Players

    During a conference call to discuss Amaya’s second quarter financial results, CEO David Baazov remarked that the companies expansion into new ID mean verticals will benefit its online poker players. Baazov contends that the addition of new customers that will be acquired via Amaya’s expansion into online casino and...
  • Lottery Sit and Gos Go Mainstream - PokerStars Introduces Spin & Go

    Lottery Sit and Gos Go Mainstream: PokerStars Introduces “Spin & Go”

    PokerStars has introduced “Spin & Go,” a new poker variant known collectively as Lottery Sit and Gos, first introduced on Winamax last year and now available on four of the top ten online poker networks globally. It is currently live on the segregated market in Spain. A rollout to other...
  • PokerStars Receives License to Offer Blackjack and Roulette in Spain...

    PokerStars Receives License to Offer Blackjack and Roulette in Spain

    The day after the news of Amaya’s deal to buy the Rational Group was announced, its Spanish subsidiary REEL Spain, Plc received licenses to offer Blackjack and Roulette from the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ). Since Full Tilt does not operate in the Spanish regulated market, it...
  • Spanish Money Laundering Regulations Demand “Authentic” Identity Documents Before Winnings Are Paid Out...

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  • Spanish Socialist Group Proposes an End to Poker Bonuses and Loyalty Schemes

    Spanish Socialist Group Proposes an End to Poker Bonuses and Loyalty Schemes

    The Socialist party in Spain has made a non-legislative proposal to end the practice of offering bonuses and other “inducements” to gamble. The prohibition would cover VIP loyalty schemes, that award points or prizes, and in doing so reward “excessive consumption.” The proposal was adopted by the Joint Commission...
  • Sheldon Adelson’s EuroVegas Project Abandoned

    Sheldon Adelson’s EuroVegas Project Abandoned

    Las Vegas Sands has scrapped its plan to build a hotel and casino mega-complex on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, the company announced Friday. “After months of on-going discussions with various levels of the Spanish government and continued internal due diligence, Las Vegas Sands Corp. said today that a...
  • Spain’s New Regulator Committed to Opening Up Player Pools

    Spain’s New Regulator Committed to Opening Up Player Pools

    Carlos Hernandez, the newly-appointed Director General of the Spanish online gaming regulator DGOJ, has drawn a clear path towards opening the online poker market in Spain from a segregated player pool to internationally-shared liquidity. In an interview conducted with Poker-Red Editor Jairo Moreno, Hernandez spoke in detail about...
  • Top Spanish Politician Says EuroVegas Can be as Good for Spain as the Bikini...

    Top Spanish Politician Says EuroVegas Can be as Good for Spain as the Bikini

    The President of Madrid’s People’s Party has come out strongly in support of Sheldon Adelson’s EuroVegas project. The Eurovegas project plans were recently submitted to the Madrid regional government, but a vocal opposition campaign has emerged. In a regular column for Spain’s center-right ABC newspaper, Esperanza Aguirre, former president...
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    Spain Clarifies Gambling Tax Regulations

    The Spanish Finance Ministry has recently clarified the rules pertaining to the taxation of online gambling profits and to the taxation of lottery and betting winnings. The Finance Ministry made clear that online gambling losses do not give rise to tax credits that can be deducted from income tax....
  • Spanish Regulator “Optimistic” of Italy-Spain Shared Player Pool in 2013

    Spanish Regulator “Optimistic” of Italy/Spain Shared Player Pool in 2013

    Enrique Alejo, Director of Spanish online gaming regulator the DGOJ, is “quite confident” that the online poker player pools in Spain and Italy will combine by the end of the year. The words come from multiple Spanish poker media reports (poker-red, poker10, pokerviu) of a recent meeting between regulators, players,...
  • Italy, France, Spain, Portugal Discuss Possible Shared Liquidity

    Italy, France, Spain, Portugal Discuss Possible Shared Liquidity

    The regulators from four European countries convened in Barcelona recently for a two-day meet to discuss regulatory co-operation. As part of a general discussion on information sharing, the regulators discussed the possibility of shared liquidity in online poker. The meeting took place June 19-June 20 between the Italy’s AAMS,...
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