12 operators apply for Spanish online gambling licenses

The Spanish gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) announced that 12 online gambling operators have applied for new licenses before Spain’s new license tender closed on December 9, 2014.

The DGOJ didn’t give out the names of these applicants but it did mention that a total of nine sports betting licenses applications were submitted to go with 32 applications for specific products and 11 more classified under “other games”. Of this total, reports specify that six sports betting license applications and one “other games” applicant were submitted by authorized operators.

In the previous month, the DGOJ stated that it was opening a short window for new license applications from operators looking to enter the Spanish online gambling market. The DGOJ announcement coincided with the regulation of slots and exchange betting in sports in the country. While applicants in this category didn’t have the same 30-day window for general licenses, the DGOJ still received 17 applications from operators looking to offer slots games. Of this number, seven applications came from new operators.

It’s also worth noting that online poker, which is classified under “other games,” is unlikely to attract new networks in a market dominated by a handful of operators. PokerStars holds a reported 70 percent market share, with the remainder split between 888poker, iPoker and PartyPoker.

Meanwhile, Spanish gaming operator Codere has tapped former Codere Italia Chief Operating Officer Alejandro Pascual as the new COO of Codere’s European business. Pascual will be taking the reigns from Jaime Estalella Carvajal, who stepped down after seven years.

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