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   Wednesday, April 17 2024 
Italy: Online poker pros opt also for the moving

More and more professional of online poker in Italy have chosen to exile themselves abroad like their counterparts in France. Dario Minieri is among them and he evoked the main causes of this moving during his passage in London, when he has taken part in the Main event of the European Poker Tour. According to the Italian professional player, the main cause of this moving is the search for a more advantageous and comfortable working environment. In fact, French and Italian poker players are avoiding the very strict and closed system of regulation of the market adopted by their respective countries. Most of them started to play poker before the legalization of the market and they all regret the time in which they still played on .com websites. With the rules to be respected by .it or .fr websites, the quality of tournaments is in full decline; the number of participants is falling and the guaranties are more and more less interesting. The rounds of cash game also become rare. Such facts prevent players to progress and ameliorate their know-how and reduce also the amount of gains to be pocketed.

It is also important to include in this reason of exile of poker players, the tax system imposed by the regulators. It is not in favor to operators and may reach the threshold of profitability sufficient to sustain their activities; the latter apply significant service charges to the detriment of consumers. Let us note that the Italian State deducts 20 % of the Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) to operators. Always according to Dario Minieri, the solution which may ameliorate the situation of players is the reopening of .com online poker rooms in Italy, which is impossible. Thus, the improvement of the system of regulation or the enforcement of a common pool which remain patience is required because things take time to evolve.

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