Tonybet Poker, the biggest online Open Face Chinese (OFC) poker room in the world, has obtained a license to offer its services in Denmark.
In a statement issued to PokerNews.com recently, the company said that it has the legal permit to accept players in Denmark, owing to which it has become the first online poker room of its kind to offer OFC Poker in Denmark.
Tonybet Poker was launched a year back.
Sune Hansen, a representative of Tonybet Poker, said: “It wasn’t an easy process, but we’re proud to be finally able to announce the good news—online open face Chinese poker is now available in Denmark.”
The launch of Tonybet Poker in Denmark is just the initial phase of the company’s long-term strategy to promote the variant in the country. Hansen said: “We’re already looking for venues to host the first big live OFC poker event in Denmark. Launching our online OFC poker site in Denmark is only the beginning.”
Hansen further said that the company has “big plans for the future” and that these plans involve promotions, special tournaments, and live open face Chinese poker tournaments in Denmark. He said that several players had wanted to know when OFC will be available to Danish players, adding that OFC has finally arrived in Denmark. Hansen stated: “Today is a big day for us as well as the Danish poker community.”
Now that it is in the Danish market, Tonybet Poker has become part of a thriving online poker industry. PokerNews.com reported early in 2015 that the Danish Gambling Authority had released official data to show that the country’s online gambling market has generated $1.1 billion or DKK 7.75 billion in revenue during the year 2014. This is a 2% growth from the estimated 2013 revenue of DKK 7.575 billion and a 3% growth from the estimated 2012 revenue of DKK 7.5 billion.
Denmark has so far granted licenses to thirteen online poker rooms, which are currently offering online poker services to Danish players. Major online poker operators such as Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, partypoker, Unibet, PKR, and Betfair had already obtained licenses to offer online poker services to Danish players before Tonybet took the step.
Tonybet decided to apply for a Danish online poker license as a first step towards consolidating its position in the country as it had launched its online casino gaming and online sports betting services as early as May 2013.