December 15,2011 : Groupe Bernard Tapie among internet gambling companies applying for Spanish licensing
Groupe Bernard Tapie, the prospective buyer of Full Tilt Poker’s non-US internet poker empire, gave evidence this week that its ambitions to expand European operations are not just boasts; the group filed an application for a licence in the soon-to-open Spanish online market.
The first to carry the story was the Spanish language information site Poker-red.com, which reported that GBT is among around fifty companies hoping to obtain Spanish licensing in preparation for the opening up of that market in January 2012
PokerStars, bwin.party, Ongame, Ladbrokes and 888 are among those reputed to have applied, although the Spanish authorities have yet to reveal the identity of applicants.
Poker-red notes that the issue of a licence to GBT will be conditional on all Spanish players impacted by the Full Tilt Poker debacle being paid in full.