After months of anticipation, the Czech Republic is finally getting a second choice for international online poker. partypoker, in partnership with King’s Resort, has launched in that country, the online operator reports through their blog.
Anyone looking to sign up for the site will need to take a trip to their local post office first. In-person physical registration is required for the moment. Eventually, patrons will also be able to sign up at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, near the border of Germany.
partypoker’s managing director, Tom Waters, said, “We are delighted to be working with King’s Resort to offer online poker in the Czech Republic. We have some ambitious and exciting plans for 2019 in partnership with King’s and there will be plenty on offer for Czech players at partypoker.”
Some of those promotions are already kicking off. The €110 buy-in Czech Poker Masters will featuring a €552K Guaranteed Main Event. That offer will run from April 14-22. The site is also offering 25% cashback for Czech-based players.
King’s Resort owner, Leon Tsoukernik, said: “We will be able to offer players great connection between the online and live game to maximize their gaming experience.”
This news comes after the November announcement that partypoker had received a new Czech online gambling license in November, 2018. The operator had been absent from the country because of changes in regulations in early 2017.
Despite being out of the market, partypoker has maintained some ties to the country. King’s Casino hosted the partypoker MILLION Germany main event in June, 2017. That relationship building appears to have paid off, with this new partnership with the casino and re-entry into the Czech online scene.
Not much has changed about the regulations, so it will be interesting to watch how partypoker fares with increased taxes and stricter laws. Now that competition might be less fierce, they might be able to scoop up enough market share that those restrictions won’t matter.