A creation of poker network that would combine players from all the four countries viz. France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal would be seen after the gambling regulators from these countries sign the shared liquidity agreement within two days. Not until last summer, shared liquidity was considered and eventually implemented despite, being in talks for several years.
Italy was the first one of all the four participating countries to regulate its online poker market in 2006, followed by France and Spain in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Portugal jumped in a little late in the poker market in 2016 with PokerStars being the only operator providing such operations to players.
The players in the four countries have opted for unregulated, black market operations to join large pools, since the lawmakers decided to ring-fence their online poker markets, making it impossible for local players to play games with their counterparts from other European jurisdictions. It has adversely affected the poker revenue as players have been running away from the regulated environment.
Lawmakers are hopeful that the online poker liquidity project would be a good way to attract players to be involved in licensed poker website in their respective countries. The liquidity agreement would be signed on July 6 by the gambling regulators from all the four countries after a meeting in Rome.