Saturday June 2, 2012 : SPANISH LICENCE LIST GROWS
Pokerstars and GTechG2 announce successful applications
By the close of business June 1st it appeared this week that the Spanish officials had issued around 15 licenses in their first batch, permitting operators to start offering their wares to Spanish players on June 5th, subject to compliance with some late ‘clarifications'.
GTechG2 announced that it had been successful, as did Pokerstars, whose spokesman Eric Hollreiser said: "We are happy to confirm that PokerStars was today granted a license to operate in Spain and we plan to launch www.PokerStars.es on June 5. For now, Spanish players can continue to compete on www.PokerStars.com as normal and don’t need to take any action.
"As always, PokerStars is committed to providing players with a superior customer service, software and security. You can rest assured that your funds in this transition are totally safe and available. We will provide more details on the transition next week."
A GTechG2 spokesman claimed that the company is well positioned in the new market with 14 clients using its online poker, casino and bingo software, whilst bet365 confirmed that it had paid the recently introduced Spanish retro-tax and had a licence.
The fifteen licenses issued so far include Ladbrokes, Betfair, Codere, Cirsa, Jaxx, bet365, Sportingbet, PokerStars, 888, Bwin.Party.