The Italian Gaming Authority has published a Bulletin Circular providing the details on the technical authorization process to be performed by Italian licensed operators before starting the offer of online skill games (including poker tournaments), poker cash games and casino games. New entrants in the market interested in the offer of such games shall - before starting the offer of their games to Italian residents -:
- apply and obtain an Italian online gaming license;
- have their gaming platform and each offered game certified by a certification entity accredited with the Italian Gaming Authority;
- submit to the Italian Gaming Authority the project relating to their gaming platform and each offered game; and
- obtain the technical authorization for the offer such games by the Italian Gaming Authority.
However, the Bulletin Circular contained also some some bad news for operators. Indeed, while it will be possible to obtain the technical authorization for the offer of poker cash games and casino games different from online slot machines following the publication of the decree on the new licensing regime (expected to occur shortly), it will be necessary to wait at least until March 2011 to start offering online slot machines.
This decision from the regulator has given rise to considerable complaints, but such delay should not hinder the growth of the Italian gaming market that will see in the next months also the launch of betting exchange games and bets on simulated events.
Do you have questions on the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio.