The Italian soccer team (Gli Azzurri) has won 4 FIFA World Cup and currently ranks 3rd behind only Brazil and Germany. The Giro d'Italia is considered one of the most important cycling races in the world. Speaking about poker, Italy is among the TOP-10 countries by money won in tournaments.
Best Italian poker players
Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit leads the Italian poker team with over $11MUSD in live tournament profits and more than $5MUSD online. In total, 9 WSOP bracelets have been won by Italian players: Max Pescatori (4), Dario Alioto (1), Valter Farina (1), Dario Minieri (1), Rocco Palumbo (1) and Davide Suriano (1). We must mention the world-popular Venice Casino (Casinò di Venezia), the world’s oldest casino (established in 1638) located in the Grand Canal in Venice.
Online poker legal background in Italy
For years gambling and Italy had a stormy relationship. In the past, the state (AAMS (Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato) had the monopoly of the gambling industry and all forms of gambling were illegal unless it was authorized by the AAMS. In 2006 the situation started to change with a new regulation, which legalized gambling for real money in skill games and created a path for international operators to offer its service in the country.
In 2007 the Finance Act added poker tournaments (not cash games) to Italian legal games and only since 2011 real money poker cash games were allowed in the country. Online gambling followed a similar path and from 2010 foreign gambling operators can seek Italian gambling licenses. A flat rate of 20% must be paid as a tax for online poker incomes.
Italy signed the shared liquidity agreement with Spain, France, and Portugal, but so far the country has zero progress in its implementation.
Best non-Italian online poker rooms for Italian poker players
Although there are licensed online poker rooms in Italy, such as PokerStars.IT, iPoker.IT and the local Peoples network, the offer isn't very wide and poker players have few options to play online...until today. The online poker market evolves every day and international poker rooms and private reservations such as Asian, Israeli, and American ones, accept poker players from almost all countries, including of course Italy.
For cash games players, we recommend looking on Asian poker apps such as Red Dragon Poker or PPPoker. Omaha players will delight with the GoldPokerPro action and other Israeli rooms. MTT players may want to check BetOnline (WPN Network) which has very good action both in MTT and cash games.
What are the benefits of playing at international poker rooms from Italy?
Italian poker players joining international poker rooms with Worldpokerdeals are making an EV+ decision:
- Top rakeback deals, no more chests for you :);
- Soft traffic that recalls the golden era of online poker back in 2005;
- Safety of the funds: Worldpokerdeals guarantees the safety of the funds at almost all international poker rooms (to be confirmed with our support team);
- Medium and high-stakes action 24/7.
How to deposit and withdrawal to international poker rooms from Italy?
Skrill, Neteller, and ecoPayz are the most popular payment processors used in Italy. We recommend Italian poker players to register their accounts under our VIP programs to enjoy additional benefits like increased limits. As every country with an active gambling regulation, we recommend studying cryptocurrencies such as BTC or stablecoins like USDT to process deposits and withdrawals from poker rooms.
Choosing online poker as a career is completely possible in Italy using the services of specialized affiliates like Worldpokerdeals. Having the opportunity to play against villains all over the world is a great chance that Italian poker players should not let go.
Our support team will be glad to assist you in picking the right poker room for your needs.
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