One of the most outstanding criticisms made against the Spanish online gambling regulation refers to restricting activities essentially to national level. In this regard, players registered with operators licensed in Spain can only play among themselves, not against players registered with operators licensed in other countries. However, this restriction could soon be qualified, or even disappear.

The Spanish General Directorate on Gambling Affairs (the DGOJ) has confirmed today on its website that international shared liquidity among jurisdictions could become a reality by mid-2017.

Particularly, during the meeting held on November 29 between the regulatory authorities of France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, they confirmed their aim to reach an agreement on shared liquidity—specifically as regards online poker—by mid-2017.

The informal meeting intended to cover several points focused mainly on achieving technical standardization, placing particular emphasis on data reporting and the possibility of sharing liquidity between jurisdictions referring to online poker.

It is noteworthy that in a game like poker, where players play among themselves, the possibility of expanding liquidity to other countries (with the corresponding expansion of player profiles and raising the jackpots, among other advantages) would be much appreciated by operators and players alike.

The next step in this process, eagerly awaited by the industry, will be the materialization of this new regimen, as it must be decided whether it will apply to all regulated games (such as exchange betting, bingo and even slot machines) or only to poker games. Moreover, it is relevant whether this modification will only apply to countries that sign an agreement with the DGOJ or, on the contrary, the system will become available to any regulated country.

We will inform via this blog on how this project evolves.