PokerStars Goes Real Money in Germany
The worlds' largest online poker room PokerStars just never seems to stop when it comes to expanding its' growth around the globe. 2012 saw it buy out Full Tilt Poker which, as we all well know is back in the game, stake a claim for a slice of offline action by the possibility of purchasing an Atlantic City casino, open up a poker room at the Hippodrome casino in London and team up with Gran Casino Madrid by offering more offline tourneys in the all new PokerStars branded room in the Spanish capital. It has ended the year by obtaining a license to operate in the real money arena in Germany having been granted permission by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, meaning that soon enough players from Germany get to test themselves against some of the biggest and best players from around the world on the biggest site of them all. Guy Templar, who we can only assume is one of the industry's busiest men stated that, "By opening up the market Schleswig-Holstein has demonstrated its' understanding of German players' needs and the prevailing market reality, thanks to Schleswig-Holstein, gambling law, consumer protection, jobs and regulation can be reliably implemented". Stars is simply the most regulated poker site in the industry holding no less than seven licenses around the world and this most recent license follows the model of the extremely successful Danish regulation model which came into being earlier this year, and it allows PokerStars to greatly increase its' product offering in Germany.