Playtech goes live in Spain; PokerStars pledges French allegiance; Skrill make new appointment

shfl pokerstars skrillOnline gambling software supplier Playtech has signed a deal to launch a live casino with Casino Gran Madrid. The deal gives Playtech the land-based presence required to launch a live dealer site and will mean they can supply their casino to Spanish-facing licensees. The company’s studio will be in the venue itself, which is one of the largest casinos in the whole of Spain, and it’s an extension to an agreement between the two that covers a number of other online products in the country.

PokerStars has signed a media partnership with successful French football team Olympique Lyonnais. The deal, which sees Stars become an official supporter of the club, will mean ads for Stars’ site appearing on OL’s website and official TV channel. This is in addition to advertising at the club’s Stade Gerland stadium on matchdays. The deal will also include a regular online poker tournament for the club’s supporters as well as specially created jerseys, scarves, and regular prizes including VIP tickets for home games in addition to entry to major PokerStars tournaments.

Payment processor Skrill has appointed Craig Doyle as its new SVP of sales and marketing. Doyle brings with him 10 years of bona-fide payment industry experience and he most recently worked at fellow payment services provider Ingenico, where he was responsible for a variety of different parts of the business. Siegfried Heimgaertner, CEO of Skrill, added: “Craig Doyle’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of the payments sector will help shape this next exciting stage of our journey. His understanding of offline payment technology strengthens our breadth of experience. As we continue to grow and expand internationally, Craig will play a pivotal role in driving Skrill forward and uncovering new opportunities to help people pay and get paid globally.”