According to Enrique Alejo, Director General of the Spanish Gaming Commission, players from Italy and Spain could be sitting at the same online poker tables as early as 2013.
In an interview with Spanish website Poker-Red, Alejo, head of the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), stated that talks between Spain and Italy would resume in the fall to discuss the possibility of shared player pools.
As reported on the Pokerfuse website, regulators from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal met in Barcelona in the middle of June to discuss regulatory cooperation, including the possibility of shared liquidity in online poker.
“Discussions took place on the conditions necessary for a possible shared liquidity in certain games among some of the countries participating in the meeting,” an official statement said at the time.
Although a follow-up meeting between the regulators is scheduled for December, Alejo said in his interview that he planned to meet his Italian counterparts earlier than that.
When asked in the interview if there was a chance that Italian and Spanish operators could share player pools next year, Alejo responded by saying, “I do not know if early in 2013, but maybe at some point yes.”
The possibility that France would join a combined player pool is less likely, Alejo said, although that could change if Italy and Spain went ahead with the plan to share their liquidity.
When the online gaming markets of Italy and Spain were regulated, Titan Poker players from those countries joined the regulated rooms Titanbet.it Poker and Titanbet.es Poker.