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Partypoker Merges French and Spanish Player Pools

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Partypoker, the online Poker Operator headquartered in Isle of Man, has merged its French and Spanish player pools. With this, it will enter the shared online poker liquidity scheme, over four months after the scheme was launched.  The scheme expected to become a boon for the game across Europe’s segregated markets.

Partypoker confirmed late last week that its .eu platform went live yesterday and would give Spanish and French customers the opportunity to play against each other. To celebrate its participation into the shared liquidity project, the operator, owned by gambling giant GVC Holdings, will more than double its multi-table tournament (MTT) schedule for its French players. As for Spanish players, they would be able to play MTTs for the first time in a while, as partypoker had previously pulled the format from Spain.

The poker brand has already upgraded its .es website ahead of merging its Spanish and French pools and revealed last week that more updates and improvements would be rolled out across both its .es and .fr clients in the months to come.

Partypoker has recruited French poker star Bertrand Grospellier to promote its .eu endeavour. Grospellier joined the operator’s cluster of sponsored brand ambassadors after leaving PokerStars Team Pro in January.

The gambling regulators of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy signed last a shared online poker liquidity agreement that would allow operators licensed in the four markets to merge their player pools and thus hopefully give a much-needed boost to online poker across Europe’s ring-fenced markets.

PokerStars was the first operator to launch shared poker tables in January 2018. The operator first merged its French and Spanish pools. Its Portuguese website joined the shared European pool mere days ago.

The shared liquidity project is in its initial stages and it would be difficult to say how it would develop and whether it would indeed improve Europe’s online poker scene. On the other hand, it seems that some of the participating countries already enjoy some benefits from the scheme.

Spain’s gambling regulator, Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), published late last month its latest quarterly report about the state of the country’s online gambling market. The figures reported showed that online poker revenue grew significantly during the first quarter of the year.

Total poker revenue amounted to €21.5 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018. Cash game revenue totalled €8.4 million, up 30 per cent year-on-year, while revenue from online poker tournaments reached over €13 million. Tournament poker jumped more than 50 per cent from the first quarter of 2017, DGOJ reported. Cash game spending grew more than 18 per cent, while tournament fees surged over 40 per cent during the reviewed period.

France, on the other hand, saw a slight drop in cash game revenue to €24.1 million during the first quarter of the year, despite the 18 per cent increase in cash game spending. Tournament revenue rose 15 per cent year-on-year to €44.8 million and tournament fees grew 14 per cent.

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

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Chief Information Security Officer Joins Continent 8

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Continent 8 Technologies, the award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global network and cloud infrastructure solutions provider, today announced that Brian Borysewich has joined Continent 8 as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Brian will bring four decades of experience in the industry to Continent 8’s Cyber security, network operations, and compliance teams.

Brian is a seasoned cyber security professional and has served in many roles from systems security administrator to the C-level suite. He has empowered Fortune 50 companies to secure their environments, has held leadership roles at both eBay and PayPal at their respective headquarters in Silicon Valley USA, as the principal cybersecurity architect.

Brian’s experience includes over 15 years within the United States government intelligence agencies. He is a former Black Hat and Anonymous hacker who has since used his experience to provide companies, governments, and educational institutions with methods and techniques to protect valuable assets and data. He has been a keynote speaker and mentor at various security conferences and panels.

“As a global leader that protects some of the world’s most valuable information, we take data security seriously,” said Michael Tobin, CEO of Continent 8. “Brian has been globally recognized as a cyber security practice leader. His accomplishments and leadership have helped companies and governments around the world protect both brand and financial resources. I look forward to working with him in these challenging, but exciting times, as businesses and nations enter ever increasing Cyber security attacks in size and velocity.”

Additionally, Brian has extensive expertise in iGaming, which will assist Continent 8 in serving its wide range of clients in that industry. A pioneer in early online gaming, he provided gaming site technology as early as 1995, when the first customers bet before the flurry of regulation. He served for four years as IGT’s Global Operations Solutions Delivery Architect and Manager.

Brian’s arrival supports the company-wide dedication to security that strives to keep client data safe, secure, and private across the global network and public cloud infrastructure on a regional, national, and global level.

Continent 8 is an award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global Cloud infrastructure solutions provider that connects, manages, and secures the world’s most valuable information. Its advanced data centers and high-quality networks support critical online operations in both private and public-sector organizations in over 50 locations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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Greece to Raise Tax Rates on Online Gambling

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The Ministry of Development in Greece has introduced a new proposal, which raises the costs for online gambling operations.

Permits for iGaming operations will cost €3 million (sports betting) or €2 million (online casino and poker). Greece demands online gambling licensees to pay a 35% tax on their gross gaming revenue.

Greece is soon to feature a casino resort. Two operators have already bid for the construction and operation of the facility.

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Veikkaus Appoints New Supervisory Board Members

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Veikkaus, the gambling monopoly in Finland, has appointed new supervisory board members to amplify and raise the responsible gambling standards.

There are a total of 28 members on the board. 13 members are representatives of various political parties and 13 representatives of Veikkaus’ stakeholders. There are two representatives from Veikkaus’ employees. The board would be led by chair Jukka Gustafsson and vice-chair Jani Mäkelä.

The first six months of 2019 have not been great for the state-run Finnish Gambling monopoly Veikkaus. In its financial report, Veikkaus has posted a 6% decline in overall turnover during the first six months of 2019.

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