PokerStars has rolled out its first online casino games in Italy with the launch of roulette and blackjack on its PokerStars.it website.

The operator said that players will be able to enjoy both play money and real-money casino games with the same level of support they receive at the poker tables.

“The launch of casino games on PokerStars allows players to enjoy the convenience of playing poker and casino in one place,” said Sam Hobcraft, director of Casino for PokerStars and Full Tilt. “Our games are fun, safe and we are using our global experience to offer fun games for Italian players.”

The company has added a ‘Casino’ tab to its PokerStars.it offering, with all casino games sharing the same wallet as poker games, with no need for players to transfer funds.

The tab offers a number of different blackjack and roulette versions, including the Blackjack variants Classic Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack and Double Deck Blackjack.

The games will start on PokerStars.it with a minimum bet of €0.10, with higher stakes also available on the website.

PokerStars said that its recent expansion into the casino games segment had so far had a “negligible impact” on the overall PokerStars poker community, with the operator anticipating that over time, offering casino games will help PokerStars attract more recreational players to the poker tables.

In related news, PokerStars launched a new live poker room in the Northern Italian mountain resort town of Saint-Vincent last week.

The poker room was unveiled at Casino de la Vallée which is part of a new leisure destination, the Saint-Vincent Resort & Casino, located near the Italian border with France and Switzerland.

“The new PokerStars LIVE room in Saint-Vincent aims to become a must-go place for Italy’s poker lover,” said Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. “We’re excited to bring the best of PokerStars’ live poker experience to Northern Italy, and to give players the opportunity to play in a well-run, trusted and high quality new card room.”

To celebrate the launch of the event, a Mini Italian Poker Tour event was held, with 775 entrants creating a €225,525 prize-pool, more than doubling the €100,000 guaranteed in prizes. The event was won by Swiss player Jean Marc Bellini, who took home €42,000.

“PokerStars LIVE in Saint-Vincent represents the most visible sign of a significant partnership between PokerStars and the Casino de la Vallée,” said Marco Trucco, PokerStars Italian country manager. “Two Italian Poker Tour events are already scheduled in this season; regular tournaments are available on a weekly basis, and plenty of cash game action too.”

The new PokerStars LIVE room in Saint Vincent is the fourth PokerStars LIVE room in operation across the world, joining London, Macau and Manila.

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