Portugal finally joins the shared online poker pool of France and Spain and PokerStars is celebrating the entry of Portugal with the launch of a new online tournament that comes with a €500,000-guarantee Main Event.
After months of delay, Portugal finally opens its doors to online poker players in France and Spain as part of the shared liquidity program that Portugal, France, Spain and Italy had signed last year. The resolution that authorized Portugal to share liquidity with France and Spain came early in February after the agreement was approved by the Portuguese Gambling Regulatory Authority (SRIJ).
PokerStars finalized the platform that will pool the online poker players from all three jurisdictions earlier this month and now the online poker giant is ready to launch its first major online tournament to cover all three markets.
Trio Series Launch
PokerStars is the very first online operator to be approved to open shared online poker networks between the three countries. In celebration of this much-awaited merging of the three online poker pools, PokerStars is holding the Trio Series, which will offer 78 events, freerolls, satellites, €1 buy-ins, and a huge Main event that offers a €500,000 guarantee. The Trio Series will run from June 3 to 13, and promises at least €5 million in total prizes.
There will be various promotions when the Trio Series stars in June, such as daily freerolls, freerolls for Main Event depositors, and Second Chance freerolls. Players can win tournament and Main Event satellite tickets from these freerolls. Spin & Gos will go for as low as €2.50, plus bigger daily and Sunday tournament schedules with players across Spain, France, and Portugal will be put in place.
In a statement, Guy Templer, Chief Operating Officer of The Stars Group (the parent company of PokerStars) said “This dramatically strengthens our offering and demonstrates our commitment to the Portuguese market. We have worked hard to become the first operator to bring the benefits of shared liquidity to Portugal. Our players will see a huge increase in the variety and scale of our tournaments and promotions and will enjoy more excitement, more competition and more fun!”
Prior Success with France and Spain
The upcoming Trio Series follows the success of the last two online tournaments held by PokerStars across the shared French-Spanish online poker pools. The more recent French-Spanish edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in April attracted as many as 37,000 unique entries across more than 100 scheduled events, surpassing its €10 million guarantee.
The France Espania Hold’em (FRESH) Series from January to February, which was the very first merged online poker tournament that celebrated the merging of the first two countries, was also a huge success. More than 30,000 unique entrants joined the 50 scheduled events, and a total of €6 million in prizes was pooled.
How We Got Here
The first poker liquidity agreement that planted the seeds for these successful tournaments came in July last year, when Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy signed an overarching deal that would allow operators that are active in the countries to launch merged online poker pools.
The road was a bit bumpy and delays pushed back the launch of the merged pools. France and Spain took the lead and became the first two countries to launch a shared pool in January 2018. Portugal and Italy faced their fair share of problems but Portugal finally managed to work through their issues and join the shared liquidity agreement.
Although Italy is a bit slower in joining the merged pools, reports have circulated that the country’s gaming regulator has started accepting applications for new online gaming licenses. These new licenses will cost applicants a sum of €200,000 and will help Italy raise a nice sum of money.
Right at the start of the poker liquidity agreement, PokerStars became the biggest stakeholder since it is the only operator who had operations in all three countries. Now that the first three countries have already merged their player pools, Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group says that the governments in the shared liquidity program will benefit from the revenue generated as well as the players who are now poised to enjoy bigger player pools that will generate more action and bigger prizes.

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