Poker Stars Wins Case Against Spanish Operator

Poker Stars, the world’s largest online poker room, won the case brought against it by Codere, the Spanish multinational gaming company and proved to a Barcelona court that it has operated legally in Spain since 2001.

The court ruled that Poker Stars was correct in claiming that it has always operated legally in Spain since it first launched its services over a decade ago because there were simply no regulations to dictate otherwise.

In 2012, after major reforms in its gambling laws, the Spanish Gambling Commission issued Poker Stars with an online poker license.

“This ruling confirms the legal advice we have been given and which we have followed in Spain for years,” said Paul Telford, speaking for Poker Stars. “We are very pleased the court agreed with our position and look forward to continuing to provide our licensed poker services as the leading brand in the Spanish market.”

One of the lawyers acting for Poker Stars, Antonio Vazquez-Guillen also commented on the positive outcome of the case and said that the “Barcelona court judgment is absolutely clear in its conclusion that Poker Stars has always operated in Spain according to the law. We are very happy with this outcome. It clarifies a question that, in our view, should never have been brought to a Court of Justice.”

Poker Stars, which boasts over 50 million registered players, recently reached a three way deal with the US Department of Justice to purchase its arch rival, Full Tilt Poker. FTP began operations on November 6th after an 18 month hiatus. Poker Stars operates under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, as well as separate licenses by the governments of Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy and Spain.

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