Poker Industry PRO reports that due to regulatory concerns GGPoker has pulled out of a dozen countries, most of which are in Europe. The network intends to explore returning to those countries once they can ensure getting needed licenses and becoming regulated in each market.
According to Head of GGPoker Jean-Christophe Antoine, the network has chosen to pull out of selected markets “due to regulation and we are looking into either acquiring licenses or partnering with locally licensed operators.”
Players on Natural8, one of GGPoker’s many skins, received notice on November 4 that access would be blocked from 12 countries with players in those countries given withdrawal instructions. Most of the listed countries are in Europe — Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland — along with Georgia on the Europe-Asia border and Colombia in South America.
Originally focused primarily on the Asian market, GGPoker has extended its reach over recent years as the network has grown. The network additionally has a gaming license from the UK Gambling Commission and has also partnered with Enlabs, a Swedish online gambling company, in order to offer licensed online poker in Latvia and Estonia as Optibet.