PokerStars Downsizes in Spain, Expands in Manila

Published January 6, 2015

PokerStars Downsizes in Spain, Expands in Manila

As PokerStars withdraws roulette and blackjack games from its Spanish site, they set to launch new Live Poker in Manila.

Online gaming regulations in Spain have forced PokerStars to withdraw its roulette and blackjack games from its poker platform, for the time being. PokerStars had only added roulette and blackjack to its poker site three months ago, and players had started becoming accustomed to these games as a nice complement to poker. Now, however, players do not have that option.

A Glitch in the Software

Online gaming regulations in Spain require that a history for all blackjack hands must be available for players to see; at this point in time, PokerStars software does not contain that option. So now, when players try to play roulette or blackjack, they are greeted with a message that the games are offline because of “minor technical issues.”

Other online gaming operators are not necessarily buying this line from PokerStars. Why don’t they just update their software, they ask? Instead, operators speculate that PokerStars is reconsidering offering the games at all, since their popularity has not lived up to what was expected.

The games were originally added to PokerStars’ Spanish poker site so that players would not have to leave the successful site in order to play casino games elsewhere.

New Opportunities

At the same time that PokerStars is pulling back in Spain, they are launching a new Live Poker platform with City of Dreams in Manila. PokerStars’ director of live operations for Asia-Pacific, Danny McDonagh, commented, “I have the utmost confidence that our continued collaboration in Manila will take poker in the Philippines to new heights.”

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