Spain

  • 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...
  • 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

    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

    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”

    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...
  • Spanish Money Laundering Regulations Demand “Authentic” Identity Documents Before Winnings Are Paid Out

    A new Royal Decree published at the end of April spells out the responsibility regulated gambling operators in Spain have for complying with money laundering laws. Before winnings in excess of €2,500 can be paid out, operators must confirm the player’s identity by checking copies of identity documents. DGOJ...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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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