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EURO NEWS: Unibet pays back tax; ARJEL loses another two pokers; Belgium gains one

TAGs: arjel, Belgium, Microgaming, Prima Networks, spain, Unibet, win2day

european union flagUnibet will pay €3.2million (£2.6m) to Spanish tax authorities after reaching an agreement on a suitable amount to pay for operating before the market was regulated. The back-tax relates to bets taken by the firm between January 2009 and May 2011 and this could clear the way for them to re-enter the market at some point in the future. It comes after Unibet exited the Spanish market in June after dot.es licences were handed out and a statement from the company confirmed that the tax payment is “a non-recurring item related to historic activities, as Unibet did not apply for a B2C gaming licence under the new Spanish gaming law and does not currently target the Spanish market”. Unibet’s B2B arm Kambi Sports Soltutions already has a B2B gaming licence in Spain and it would seem the company is focused on that side of things.

ARJEL has announced that two poker operators have repealed their licences. Poker Leaders and Winga are the two to see red and leave the market following the exodus of a number of similar sized operators in the past few months. Poker Leaders never actually launched a site after being awarded a licence in February and Winga closes after initially launching back in January 2011.

Win2day has launched a poker offering for the Belgian market that will be powered by Microgaming’s Prima Networks. The Casinos Austria brand will use the A+ licence they were awarded back in April and it means they join PokerStars and Partouche in serving the Belgian market with a poker product.

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