Since December, we have seen various operators bowing out (notably Bodog, Unibet and other Microgaming skins). A last minute surprise—a demand from the Spanish tax man to pay four year’s of back-taxes—has raised questions as to which poker rooms will be getting licenses in a few days’ time.
Still no official list has been published, but given recent statements from various operators we have a good idea of who has their fingers crossed for a license.
PartyPoker: €31m in back-taxes paid.
Ongame: Betfair paid ~€10m, poker license application “shortly.”
888poker: €8.7m paid.
iPoker: Bet365, William Hill and Paddy Power
Microgaming: Ladbrokes and StanJames.
Boss Media/GTECH G2: Sportingbet has €17.2m paid—but sportsbook only?