Partypoker Launches Spain, France Shared Liquidity Site
On June 4th, online poker players in France and Spain finally got another site on which to play against each other, as partypoker launched its shared liquidity client, merging the player pools from the two countries. Prior to this point, PokerStars was the only option for the French and Spanish unless they wanted to play on sites that were still ring-fenced.
PartyPoker Managing Director Tom Waters said in the announcement on the partypoker blog,
“Today’s partypoker.eu launch represents a milestone for both French and Spanish players, who can now enjoy greater variety, reduced rake and bigger and better games on the new .eu platform. We look forward to bringing our Spanish and French players together for the first time on our new and improved site.”*
As Waters said, the French and Spanish will play together on a new partypoker.eu site. The union should be especially sweet for Spanish players, as they haven’t even been able to play in multi-table tournaments on partypoker.es for a while and now they can. French players will notice the number of MTT’s has doubled.
And of course, as partypoker boasts,
“More players means more tournaments, and partypoker is guaranteeing over €1,000,000 every week with buy-ins ranging from €0.55 to €250. The new weekly schedule also includes more than €600,000 in guarantees for ‘Progressive Knockout’ MTTs.”
For whatever reason, partypoker’s Spanish site had lagged behind its French site in terms of the software, but now players in Spain will be treated to a newer, upgraded version of the client software.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about joining partypoker to actively support their efforts to bring back the ‘Poker First’ mentality, live and online,” said partypoker ambassador Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. “Our goal is to provide players and fans with an experience they deserve worldwide. partypoker will be aiming to bring their ambition, expertise and successful model to the .eu market with some big announcements coming soon.”
The next step will hopefully be for partypoker to bring Portugal into the mix on partypoker.eu. Portugal, one of the four ring-fenced countries along with Spain, France, and Italy, began sharing liquidity with Spain and France on PokerStars in late May. Those three countries and Italy agreed take down their online poker borders last year and share player pools with each other, but there is no knowing when Italy will actually be joining its companions. The country was apparently very late in even getting the licensing process ramped up and it has essentially been radio silence on its end for a number months.
*This isn’t exactly the first time French and Spanish players could play together on a partypoker site, as they were able to so do before the countries were ring-fenced, but this is definitely the first time in years.
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