Friday, 31 July 2009
The Italian legislature has announced a series of reforms aimed at restricting online activities, including poker.
Italian players can now only play on sites with an ‘Italy's State Monopolies Autonomous Administration’ (AAMS) license. Even then they will be restricted to tournaments, as cash games aren’t allowed and players will only be able to compete for a restricted number of hours each day. Similarly, Italian players will only be able to play on sites with an Italian ISP, effectively preventing them from international online tournaments.Despite the problems online, live poker in Italy does appear to be in rude health. 220 players bought in for Day 1A of the €2000+200 IPT Venice yesterday with another bumper field expected on Day 1B. The action comes to a conclusion on Sunday.
The sixth annual edition of Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath tournament series may have begun last week but players are being advised that there is still time to qualify for seats into its prestigious £120 buy-in main event.
Land-based and online gaming products innovator Scientific Games Corporation is set to run its second annual Shuffle Master Classic event next month offering one lucky poker player the chance to walk away with $100,000 in cash.
Land-based casino operator Estoril Sol has been awarded the first online gaming license for Portugal and has teamed up with platform provider Gaming1 to launch the new EstorilSolCasinos.pt domain.
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