ARJEL, the French Gaming regulator, today announced that the four closed liquidity poker markets in Europe — Italy, France, Portugal and Spain — will sign an agreement on sharing online poker player pools next week.
The news, first highlighted on Twitter by Global Poker Index leader Alex Dreyfus, means that players in those four countries will likely be able to play against each other in due course.
Immediate reactions from the poker community reaction was universally positive, with Kara Scott, a member of Team 888poker, saying, "Finally! I was so worried this had died." Similarly, poker podcast and video presenter, Robbie Strazynski, saying, "That’s great news!"
At this stage, the agreement will only create a framework for cooperation and negotiation between the four regulatory authorities, with many details of implementation yet to be negotiated.
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