The Rational Group which is owned by the Toronto-based company Amaya Gaming, announced today that they have been approved by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and awarded licenses to operate in the newly regulated British markets with poker and their side-products.
This means that the world's biggest poker site Pokerstars and it's little brother Full Tilt will now be regulated within the UK for their players and that those players also gain access to the casino games currently made available, as well as sports betting once Full Tilt goes live with it officially.
The Rational Group has been operating legally within the UK for several years through their white-listed Isle of Man gaming license, as they are a part of the UK despite being independent. Furthermore Amaya Gaming has been approved for providing technology for the UK market as well, having received licenses for everything they applied for.
“We are very pleased to receive operating licenses in the UK, which is a large and growing market for us. We continue to build upon PokerStars’ leadership in poker in the UK and intend to leverage our scale and expertise to become market leaders in casino and sports betting.” Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications at Pokerstars said.
“We believe the UK licenses illustrate the strength of our platforms, our regulatory approach, and our commitment to integrity, security, and consumer protection. PokerStars and Full Tilt now hold licenses from a dozen European jurisdictions.” Hollreiser added.