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Isle Of Man To Attract Live Poker

Government Minister Considers Licensing Change To Allow Large Poker Events

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The Isle of Man is considering changing its gaming law to allow large scale live poker events which could attract internationally renowned players and companies.

Iomtoday.com reports economic development minister John Shimmin as saying, “The department has identified an opportunity to be able to attract live gaming tournaments to the island with all of the associated economic benefits they will bring in terms of increased bed nights, spending in the local economy and increased passenger numbers on aircraft serving the island.

“At present the law restricts which venues can be used for such events. The proposed Casino (Amendment) Bill would give the Gambling Supervision Commission the power to grant temporary licences for these events at a wider range of venues.”

There is currently just one casino licence holder on the island, the Palace Hotel in Douglas, and the proposed new law would allow it to host events, under licence, in other venues which could host up to 800 players.

The Isle of Man, situated in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland, is home to PokerStars headquarters.