PartyPoker temporarily withdraws from Czech Republic

20 February 2017

PartyPoker has exited the Czech Republic as it opens an application process for a new licence in the country.

Earlier this year, the Czech Republic introduced new legislation regarding online gambling, which opened up the national market to licensed foreign operators.

PokerStars, the Amaya-owned rival of PartyPoker, earlier this month became the first online gaming operator to obtain one of the new live games licence in the country and last week launched its services.

PartyPoker has informed customers that it intends to follow a similar route, but has suspended operations in the country as it carries out its application.

In a posting on the PokerArena forum, Czech PartyPoker customer said that the operator had stated: “We would like to inform you that PartyPoker has applied for a licence under the new legislation in the Czech Republic.

“This application licence is currently being dealt with and we are in regular contact with the Czech authorities.

“Despite some delays on the part of the Czech authorities are convinced that it will soon be granted a permit us to operate in the Czech Republic, and until we have a new licence, just to let you know.

“Currently we comply with the restrictions mandated by the Czech authorities to close your account.

“We look forward to you we can welcome you back at PartyPoker, as soon as we will be granted a licence.”

Related article: PokerStars wins first live games licence in Czech Republic