Amaya’s PokerStars confirmed Wednesday that the operator has received an online sports betting licence in the Republic of Ireland.

The licence was granted a Remote Bookmaker’s Licence by Ireland’s regulator, the Irish Revenue Commissioners, which allows the company to offer sports betting to players in Ireland under local laws.

PokerStars’ existing online poker and casino games offering in Ireland will continue to operate under its Malta gaming licence.

Through the PokerStars website, players in Ireland will have access to sports betting and will not experience any changes in the software or services.

As a consequence of obtaining the license, PokerStars will now pay local betting duty to the Irish government.

Ahead of the new football season across Europe, PokerStars said that it continues to expand sports betting options, with 18 sports and an increasing number of promotions now available. More markets, features and sports, including horse racing are expected to be launched in the near future.

“We’re very pleased to receive a license for our sports betting offering on PokerStars in Ireland,” said Stephen Fisk, managing director of sports betting for PokerStars. “Our operation of poker, casino games, and now sports betting shows that players trust us to deliver a variety of games in a fun and exciting way. We look forward to building on this by operating under this new license.”

PokerStars is the second company to confirm receipt of the new bookmaker licences in Ireland, following Nektan’s announcement last Friday.

It follows the signing of Ireland’s Betting (Amendment) Act 2015 into law earlier this year in March, updating and extending the country’s regulatory regime in relation to bookmakers licences, as provided for in the Betting Act 1931, to include remote betting operators who accept bets from Irish customers.

Shares in Amaya Inc (Co. Data) (NASDAQ:AYA) were trading up 1.06 per cent at $23.86 per share in New York early this morning.

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