Portugal’s first ever licensed online casino launched last month, and has already proved to be popular with players. Brussels-based online casino expert GAMING1, a member of The Ardent Group, has teamed up with Estoril Sol, part of Stanley Ho’s group, to create EstorilSolCasinos.pt. It is expected that the site’s currently limited selection of games, which includes one blackjack, two roulette and 15 video slots games, will be added to over the coming weeks to create a legitimate online casino that will rival illegal gambling sites.
On 25th July, Estoril Sol Digital Online Gaming Products and Services, SA was issued an online games of chance licence by the gambling regulator for Portugal, Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ). Estoril’s online platform is powered by GAMING1, and can now be accessed via desktop and mobile.
GAMING1 and Estoril Sol each own 50% of the new online casino brand. Sylvain Boniver, CEO of GAMING1, said, “It’s a very proud moment for us to launch the first licensed website to offer legal online casino in Portugal and together we hold all the aces to move forward in this exciting market”, while Executive Director of Estoril Sol, Vieira Coelho, said “We’ve been very impressed with GAMING1’s products and services and we’re really excited to be launching this joint venture with them.”
This comes just a few weeks after Vice President of SRIJ, Teresa Monteiro, signed a memorandum of understanding along with S. Harrison, the Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission, with both pledging to make their respective legislative codes stronger and in doing so, work to eradicate illegal gambling.
The SRIJ have now issued a total of three online gambling licences. On 25th May this year, Well Operations Limited became recipients of the first online sports betting licence, while the second was issued to Bet Entertainment Technologies Limited, and was also for sports betting.
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