European poker today

In the current poker climate today – where you live in the world plays a big part on where you can play and what you can expect to get from poker rooms.

There are many examples of players who moved to another country to improve their bottom line as professional poker players. This guide is aimed at helping European poker players in today’s game understand what they stand to earn in the different popular rooms in the continent.

There are a total of 58 countries in Europe – each country has perspective on gambling laws and poker regulation, if you are looking to learn if poker is legal in your country then check out our the big table of European poker regulation.

european poker history

Looking back at the poker regulation trend, we remember that the first two major countries to fully embrace poker were Italy and France. if you live in either of those countries or any other regulated country in the European Union- you must find a room that is fully licensed and has a top level domain, for example: .it for Italy and .fr for France.

After Italy and France started their regulation process – Spain followed suit and 3 markets created ring fenced industries, meaning that only poker players from the same country can play together. But not all countries have gone the same route and you can find other places like the Scandinavian countries were poker is both legal and players can still join .com rooms and play with anyone in the world.
The good news for poker players in France, Spain & Italy is that the selection of poker rooms in these specific markets has grown over the years – you have major brands such as, you also have and many others

  •  One very big market that took a big initiative in the last year has been the United Kingdom which changed its gambling laws in November of 2015
  • There is a 15% consumption tax that aim to improve gambling standards and prevent the online gambling activity from becoming a source of crime
  • The regulation will help to ensure that the games are tested and approved and make sure that the outcomes are fair.

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