Pokerstars is operating in Portugal since yesterday in a close market, that's the goods news. Don't know if players outside of Portugal can play in this market, that's the bad news. Already contact the support, and iam expecting an answer. I'll try to update when they answer.
Rafi Ashkenazi: "We are going to roll out Portugal very lightly on a close liquidity basis initially before it will be opened up either to a .com liquidity, which we hope all to value of premium liquidity together with France and Italy, but this will take probably some time" Hope to play in my country before Christmas and to play with you all in open market on 2017. It would be great too, to have France and Italy in the open market. http://seekingalpha.com/article/4023249-amayas-aya-ceo-rafi-ashkenazi-q3-2016-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single
The Portuguese National Association of Online Gamblers (ANAon) last week said it was concerned that the final versions of the drafts had not yet been published and notified to the European Commission, where they will be at a standstill for at least three months. But Teresa Monteiro, the vice president of the country’s gambling regulator, SRIJ, said that it is putting the finishing touches to texts. She said: “The drafts about the secondary legislation concerning betting exchanges and sharing liquidity are being finalised and simultaneously we have been discussing with other European regulators in order to establish the necessary agreements in those matters. “As soon as they are concluded we shall notify the European Commission.” ANAon highlighted that a public consultation on the drafts ended five months ago and the regulator is still analysing the comments to finalise the text. In comparison, it said that the 18 other decrees that were processed to implement Portugal’s new gambling law in 2015 were notified to Brussels just one month after the end of its consultation. ANAon said it is important that the two regulations are swiftly introduced to ensure that Portugal’s online market is attractive to operators, many who have had their websites switched off in the country since June last year. It added: “These two products are highly sought after and long awaited by Portuguese players, who already knew these games before the June 2015 law entered into force and see themselves now deprived of these products. “The delay in this process makes the state lose revenues from taxes, which is diverted to illegal gambling, through which players continue to have access to a product that was already quite popular among them before this blackout period.” ANAon said that it agreed on the proposed rules that were originally put forward in March but added that if the drafts are heavily amended “there will be no interest from gambling firms to operate in Portugal”. The new Portuguese online gambling legislation has been heavily criticised by operators that argue that the accompanying tax system makes the market unviable. The Remote Gambling Association has filed a state aid complaint to the European Commission about online betting tax in Portugal, which charges some firms up to 16 percent of turnover from fixed-odds bets. But despite the high tax rates, SRIJ has so far issued four online licences to three different operators. Monteiro told GamblingCompliance that the regulator is currently analysing 14 submitted licence applications.
"Regarding Portugal – Ashkenazi anticipates re-launching in the “second half of 2016 subject to final licensing approval.” almost there...the waiting game i hope it's almost over... http://www.onlinepokerreport.com/20769/amaya-call-1q16-highlights/
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