Shared Liquidity Online Poker Not a Priority for Spain
There has been much talk in recent months of a pan-European online poker market with shared liquidity. However, one DLA Piper Spain partner and gambling specialist, Albert Agustinoy Guilayn, doesn’t think that it is a priority for the Spanish market at present.Agustinoy believes that in the near future the regulated market might expand further through better cooperation between operators rather than by opening to shared liquidity among European countries.
The director of Spain’s gambling regulator, Carlos Hernandez, has often spoken in favor of shared liquidity in the online poker market.
However, Agustinoy doesn’t believe that it is a priority for the Spanish authority while they deal with the regulation of slots and the future reopening of the market.
However, he does think that a shared liquidity online poker market is a possibility for 2015. Despite the French parliament voting against the idea, Agustinoy still thinks that it is a real possibility.
For the time being Agustinoy thinks that the current land operators need to invest more in their online offerings. Previous attempts by Spanish casinos to launch their own online brands have not been particularly successful. Agustinoy believes that the casinos should try to integrate their products with more consolidated brands in order to gain a better market position.