Reports from the Spanish media and online gambling websites based in that country claim that Spanish police in the form of the Mossos d'Esquadra unexpectedly turned up at a Barcelona hotel where delegates to an online gambling marketing affiliate conference were enjoying an informal free roll poker tournament over the weekend.
The reports suggest that the Spanish law enforcers shut down the tournament and "confiscated gambling equipment" which they removed from the venue at the smart Hotel Princesa Sofia in the coastal city of Barcelona. The conference organisers, Casino Affiliate Programs have yet to issue a statement, but it appears that no one was arrested. Although the raid was being discussed on CAP forums, no further details have yet emerged.
Spanish sources report that some 42 players were participating in the tournament, having previously qualified in online competitions.
The free roll nature of the tournament was pointed out to the police, but apparently to no avail.