*Note: Unibet France belongs to the iPoker network.
European shared liquidity timeline
- July 2017: the shared liquidity agreement is signed by France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy;
- January 2018: Pokerstars became the first poker room launching games in the new shared Europool;
- May 2018: Portugal officially joins to PokerStars Europe;
- June 2018: partypoker.eu is officially launched in France and Spain;
- July 2018: Winamax opens its doors to the Spanish market;
- November 2018: iPoker will join the shared liquidity pool.
In 2019, it is expected that Aconcagua Poker launches its European room according to the license obtained in the past months.
On March 2018, iPoker obtained the first license from ARJEL (French gaming regulator). In the past, popular iPoker rooms like Titan Poker left the European market because of the lack of traffic. In Spain the skins Sportium Poker, Casino Barcelona and Bet365 are popular but the traffic is low.
Now, the DGOJ (Spain gaming regulator) granted the license and iPoker has a clear path joining PokerStars, Winamax, and partypoker in their European adventure starting on November 26, 2018. BetClic will create a new ".eu" domain for European players. There is no mention of Portugal in the press release, even though it is not odd because the Portuguese licensing process is slow.
Right now, only PokerStars Europe and Winamax are showing good traffic results, it must be noted that PokerStars Europe accepts players from all over the world and Winamax has been for long-time a traditional brand in France. Currently, partypoker Europe and iPoker Europe rank 20 and 22 respectively according to the traffic.
Spanish and French players are expectant because of the tournament series that the new poker room can offer — tournaments with millions of dollars in GTD prizes were not available before shared liquidity.
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