Portugal facing online poker boycott

Portugal facing online poker boycott

Friday, January 22, 2016 Totally Gaming
ANAon is unhappy at the ring-fenced pools proposal

A leading poker group in Portugal has suggested a boycott of the country’s regulated online market following proposals to ring-fence player pools.

ANAon reacted after it was announced in December that Portugal would follow France in adopting a partial segregation of its player pool when the current licensing application process concludes.

Portugal’s online gambling reforms came into force last June, with criticism at that time relating to high turnover tax rates of up to 30 per cent to be levied on those gaining one of the three-year licences.

An ANAon statement read: “This position is intended to alert the Portuguese regulator [SRIJ] that ANAon’s poker players will not use Portuguese-regulated rooms open only to domestic liquidity or those rooms which adopt the French model that accepts foreigners provided they register at the Portuguese platform.”

Former Tourism Secretary Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, one of the architects of Portugal’s gambling act, last month declared his opposition to the ring-fenced pools.  

He said: “The guidance I took was that the operating model should be open and not closed to any company that met with certain requirements, such as being able to trade Portugal.

“I understand that this is the model that best ensures compliance with national and European Union principles we want to defend and to which we are bound.”


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