World’s biggest online poker site grows local staffing as it expands into online casino and sports betting
ONCHAN, Isle of Man – June 1, 2017 – The world’s biggest and most popular online poker site PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand, has opened a brand new office in Quay West, Douglas to accommodate the growing numbers of staff it is hiring in the Isle of Man.
The new office is situated in the Quay West building on Bridge Road in Douglas and can accommodate up to 41 members of staff, with 20 employees currently working from the new office. Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK officially opened the office at a ceremony held yesterday.
“It is always a pleasure to celebrate success and the opening of these offices marks a double success,” said the Chief Minister. “First and foremost it is a reflection of the continuing global success of PokerStars. The second success is that of the Isle of Man itself, in providing a great base for global leaders like PokerStars. Maintaining an island of enterprise and opportunity is a top priority in our Programme of Government. We see the role of Government as ensuring the right environment for business to flourish. Flourishing is exactly what has happened to PokerStars since it set up its headquarters in the Isle of Man, and I congratulate you on your continuing success.”
SUPPORTING THE MANX ECONOMY
Eric Hollreiser, Amaya Vice President of Corporate Communications, said: “PokerStars is constantly expanding to meet the demand of our growing player base around the world, particularly in our newer online casino and online sports betting businesses. We are very happy to be on the Isle of Man and happy to continue to invest in the island. We look forward to welcoming new employees in the future and continuing to support the island’s e-gaming sector and Manx economy.”
PokerStars moved to the Isle of Man in 2005 setting up its headquarters in Douglas Bay Complex on Onchan Head, later buying the building with stunning views of the bay in 2012. Isle of Man staff numbers have increased dramatically since it moved to the island 12 years ago growing from just five employees in 2005 to more than 395.
There is also an open headcount of 112, which shows that PokerStars is still looking to
recruit a high number of staff in the Isle of Man. In addition, PokerStars support many local causes and events and have been the title sponsor of the TT Senior Race for many years. Around the world, there is over 1,900 staff.
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PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.
PokerStars is the flagship brand of Rational Group, which is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) and owns gaming and related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival live poker tour brands (incorporating the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions. PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively.
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