Thu, Feb 28, 9:38am by Staff Writer
GVC Holdings’ online poker room Partypoker has launched in the Czech Republic, making it the second international online poker operator to go live in the country after PokerStars.
The new site has an international look and feel in all aspect.
One exception is Spins, the operators newly branded three-handed jackpot-based Sit & Go’s.
While PokerStars used exiting subsidiary TSG Interactive Plc in Malta for their license application that was granted on January 28, 2017, Partypoker obtained theirs through brick-and-mortar King’s Casino in Rozvadov.
Now listed as the operator for online services on partypoker.cz, King’s Casino has long been a partner of Partypoker, previously hosting MILLIONS Germany and Grand Prix events.
King’s will also play host to World Poker Tour Germany in August 2020 as part of Partypoker’s recently announced partnership with WPT.
The World Poker Tour and Partypoker will be teaming up for four live events in Europe and one in Canada as part of their 2019 partnership, according to Poker News.
Each stop will feature multiple events – a WPT500tournament, a WPT Deep Stacks tournament and a WPT Main Event – to appeal to players at a variety of price points.
— mocoteo (@mocoteo) February 27, 2019
The journey begins January 18-27 in Russia, then moves on for WPT Barcelona in March and then to the UK for the WPT European Championship in April.
After a break during the World Series of Poker, the second half schedule features WPT Germany, taking place in the Czech Republic in August and WPT Montreal beginning in late October.
Czech President Milos Zeman signed new gambling regulations in 2016 that came into law in 2017.
The new law regulated all forms of online and land-based gambling including casino, slot machines, sports betting, lotteries and bingo.
Under the regulations, restrictions were placed on poker offerings including freerolls, bonus offers, free bets and the use of jackpot elements like those in Spin & Go’s.
Following the revamped regulations, PokerStars relaunched in the Czech Republic in February 2017.
Although Partypoker applied for a license last year, the operator later revoked their application on grounds of incongruence with EU law stating at that time: “we fully support the development of a regulated and well functioning gaming market in the Czech Republic and we hope that the authorities will consider the issues raised and will cooperate with the operator on the successful attainment of this objective.”
It can now be assumed that the deterrents that kept GVC from pursuing a license before have been resolved as they join King’s Casino.
Isle of Man-based casino software developer Microgaming has announced an expansion to its global footprint, after making its debut within the Czech Republic.
A range of titles have become available through Tipsport, with a selection of further operators set to follow in due course.
Microgaming told Casino Beats that its entry into the country “continues a well- executed strategy of expansion into key regulated markets around the world.”
This latest move follows successful entries made into Colombia, Bulgaria and Denmark in 2018 and commencing operations in Sweden at the beginning of 2019.
The chief operating officer at Microgaming Andrew Clucas commented: “We are excited to be extending our offering into the regulated market of the Czech Republic.
“Tipsport are a major operator in the region, and a leader in the European sports betting industry as a whole.
“We are delighted to begin a partnership with them that will provide their customers with an expanding library of our best online slot gaming content.”
A specifically tailored software solution adapted for the Czech Republic market will offer Tipsport customers access to a large selection of titles from its portfolio of casino games, with more content to be added in the near future.
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