PokerStars Secures Sports Betting Licence In Ireland
As we have reported extensively PokerStars have made it clear that they are aiming to become a major player in the sports betting market. Since their acquisition by Amaya Gaming last year PokerStars are branching out to other casino related offerings and are not relying solely on their online poker offering. This includes their reported intention to enter the daily fantasy market.
In another move that shows their expansion plans, PokerStars were granted a remote gambling licence in the Republic of Ireland which will enable them to offer sports betting. In terms of the licenses granted by the Irish Revenue Commission PokerStars will be paying a gambling duty to the government.
The new sports betting service will be offered via the existing PokerStars website in Ireland and players will not have to download any new software or services to access it. To start off PokerStars will offer sports betting across 18 sports which include horse racing and more are planned in the coming months. In terms of their license PokerStars will continue to operate under their current European license from Malta.
Managing Director of sports betting at PokerStars Stephen Fisk was delighted at their new offering and said,” Our operation of poker, casino games, and now sports betting shows that players trust us to deliver a variety of games in a fun and exciting way. We look forward to building on this by operating under this new licence.”