Players from the Czech Republic return on the partypoker, due to the fact that the poker room has received a long-awaited license to work in the country.
On January 1, 2017, new licensing rules for gambling operators entered into force in the Czech Republic. Because of them, all the major poker rooms have left the country: PokerStars, 888poker, partypoker, William Hill. The list of “runaways” also included bookmakers and online casinos. Tax rates for gambling operators in the Czech Republic became tough – corporate tax of 19%, 23% tax from sports betting online, and also 35% from online casinos.
PokerStars, under the leadership of Amaya Inc., was the first room to agree to work under these conditions. New licensing terms were introduced in January 2017, and in February, PokerStars has already returned to the Czech Republic. Only almost two years later, the first major competitor appeared on the Czech poker market – partypoker.
According to different sources, all this happened thanks to Leon Tsoukernik, the owner of King’s Casino (Rozvadov). In his institution, several poker series have already been held under the brand-name of partypoker, and now the room has achieved the license. According to rumors, Leon Tsoukernik himself will lead the Czech branch of partypoker.
Despite the fact that any operator now has the opportunity to work transparently on the territory of the Czech Republic, few people are attracted to bureaucratic hell and high taxes of this country. It will probably be completely unprofitable for all the smaller rooms to work in such conditions.