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Betfair Poker Makes Entry into Regulated Spanish Market

Posted on by Kevin Mace

betfairThe new confirmed its launch into the Spanish online poker using Playtech software on the iPoker network.

Spanish online poker players will finally have access to a new Playtech poker product with the launch of the new Betfair offering. Betfair received a license to operate in the regulated market by Spanish gambling authorities last June, and several months later signed a deal with Playtech to launch a poker client off its iPoker platform.

According to Betfair, the new offering will include cash games and tournaments across a range of poker variants, including Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha and more. In addition, the platform will also include Playtech’s version of fast poker, called Speed Poker, as well as Pachangas ‘free play’ tournaments.

Betfair said in its statement which was released to announce the launch of, that Speed Poker is already very popular on its .com version, and Betfair is committed to this mode as it believes that it can attract many new Spanish poker players with its exciting, fast paced poker features.

Pachangas tournaments are single table tournaments, played for free, which allow players to enjoy the software and familiarize themselves with it, without risking their own bankrolls.

New Betfair Poker in iPoker Top Tier

Betfair announced a fortnight ago that it would be permanently migrating away from the Ongame Poker platform and onto the iPoker platform. The process includes a six month period where the group will essentially run two separate online poker rooms – one on each platform – but will eventually leave Ongame and switch exclusively to iPoker in July 2013.

The New Betfair Poker site, using Playtech software, was the one launched in Spain, and enjoys ‘top tier’ status on the iPoker network, along with other big names in the business such as Poker770, Paddy Power Poker, William Hill Poker and Everest Poker.

The iPoker network in Spain is ranked in fourth position, and vies for a place in the top four with other poker networks, including 888, Party Poker and Poker Stars.