PokerStars receives gaming license in Estonia
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board has issued PokerStars an activity license in Estonia, making the world's largest online poker site among the first license-holders in the country. The company will now turn its focus to obtaining its operational license in Estonia.
PokerStars has 36 million players worldwide and has already enjoyed a great relationship with the Estonians. The country is one of the smallest EU member states, but poker is flourishing.
Last week, the Estonian capital Tallinn hosted the first stop of the new season of the EPT, the world's richest poker tour. The €4,250 buy-in tournament attracted 420 players from 40 countries. The winner, Norway's Kevin Stani, earned €400,000 for first place.
"In addition to Estonia having excellent players and tournament organisers, Tallinn is also a new and truly attractive destination for many top players," said Tomas Larsson, PokerStars' Baltics Country Manager.
PokerStars has made also significant investments in Estonia during the last few years, contributing to the development of the local sports and cultural life. The company is the main sponsor of the Estonian national volleyball team which last year battled its way to the final tournament of the European Championship.
PokerStars' operational license applications have previously been approved in Italy and France. PokerStars.it launched in October 2008, offering Italian citizens the chance to participate in games organised by the world's leading poker operator, in compliance with Italian law. PokerStars.fr, which was granted a license in June 2010, permits similar access for French players.
Poker is booming in both countries, with San Remo, in Italy, and Deauville, in France, among the most popular established stops on the PokerStars.eu European Poker Tour (EPT).