Amaya-owned online poker giant PokerStars has become the first licensed online casino and poker operator in the Czech Republic following the implementation of new gaming regulations at the start of this year.

Amaya has been granted a Live Games licence by the Czech State Supervision of Gambling and Lotteries Department, and is expected to launch its PokerStars.cz website in the next few days.

The operator will offer Czech players a wide range of poker games and tournament formats across its shared global liquidity, as well as popular multiplayer casino games Classic Blackjack, Premium Blackjack, European Roulette and Double Ball Roulette, across desktop and mobile devices.

“We are very proud to be the first online casino and poker operator to be awarded a license and support the newly regulated Czech market,” said Guy Templer, chief operating officer of Amaya’s operating business Rational Group. “This underscores our commitment to supporting local regulations and obtaining local licenses wherever possible.”

The launch follows new iGaming regulations which came into effect in the Czech Republic on January 1st, opening the market to foreign online poker and casino operators for the first time. The country has authorised online betting since 2009.

Amaya confirmed that it has applied for a license to offer sports betting through BetStars, and also expects to seek appropriate approval to expand its offering of online casino games on PokerStars Casino in due course.

Shares in Amaya Inc (Co. Data) (TOR:AYA) closed Monday at CAD$18.10 per share in Toronto.

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