Paf Spain to Close Poker Room, Future of Ongame.ES in Question
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Finnish gambling company Paf will close its Spanish online poker room on the Ongame network February 25, a Paf spokesperson has confirmed with pokerfuse.
A “Farewell Satellite Paf Poker Challenge” will take place on the 24th to allow players to use any remaining tournament tickets.
The Ålandic operator will continue other gambling business in Spain, including sportsbetting, and the group is “investigating other options” for opening another online poker room, although there are no immediate plans.
The Ongame Network has struggled to build any traffic in the competitive and high-tax regulated market in Spain. After the departure of Paf, only one operator remains on the network.
Sources close to the matter informed pokerfuse that Ongame will close its Spanish-facing poker network following the Paf departure, though Ongame denied any specific plans and stated that it was not a network decision.
“Ongame does not make those kind of decisions,” Carl Zide, Communications Manager for Ongame, told pokerfuse. “Our partners decide when we are entering a market and they would also decide if we were to leave a market. No such decisions has been made.”