The Frenc regulator ARJEL (French Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne or Regulatory authority for online games) issued in the last week two gaming licenses based in the shared liquidity: one for B.E.S SAS, a bwin subsidiary in France, and another one for Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), a horse-racing operator in France which also operates the PartyPoker.FR and bwin.FR online poker rooms.
With this two licenses, the path is clear now for the PartyPoker.EU launch. And the room is preparing for that: before ElkY, Isaac Haxton and Johnny Lodden signed sponsorships contracts with Party.
Right now PartyPoker.ES has very low traffic, this due to the low interest and high rake for Spain players; but, the big opportunity here is PartyPoker.FR, with almost 700 online players. In the last months PokerStars launched the PokerStars.EU version with a big surprise: not only players from Spain and France would be allowed to join, but also players around the globe could join the Europe version.
The ElkY incorporation came with a very important blogpost from Party: "partypoker.eu will be opening his doors in the new France and Spain shared liquidity later this month. Both players from .ES and .FR would be able to join the new room, with of course lots of advantages to them including several promotions." PartyPoker also promised a very good tournament calendar. ElkY has been called the official PartyPoker.EU ambassador.
PartyPoker.EU will be the second room in the France and Spain shared pool market, and it will compete directly with PokerStars.EU and hopefully soon with Winamax. PokerStars.EU now ranks 5 in the PokerScout list, and this is why the shared pool is very interesting for big brands like PartyPoker.
Certainly very good news for Spain and France online poker players, but also for international players looking for new rooms. For our players, we think that PartyPoker.EU will be a very good room with lots of fishes specially from France (Spain players are more trained), and will be of course posting all the news here in WorldPokerDeals, with the best rakeback deal for PartyPoker.EU and welcome package for new players.
If you want more information, please read our rake and traffic comparison in PartyPoker.COM and future PartyPoker.EU
Juan, WorldPokerDeals team