Pokerstars becomes first licensed international operator in the Czech Republic to launch shared liquidity poker to Czech players

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – January 2017 – PokerStars has become the first licensed online casino and poker operator under the Czech Republic’s new gaming regulation following the approval of Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ: AYA; TSX: AYA) by the Czech State Supervision of Gambling and Lotteries Department. Amaya was awarded the ‘Live Games’ license on January 28 and is set to launch on in the coming days .

PokerStars will offer Czech players a wide range of poker games and tournament formats across its shared global liquidity, as well as popular multiplayer casino games Classic Blackjack, Premium Blackjack, European Roulette and Double Ball Roulette, on desktop (Windows and Mac) and mobile (iOS and Android).

The launch follows new online gaming regulation which came into effect from January 1 in the Czech Republic. Amaya is a leading proponent of online gaming regulation and PokerStars is the most licensed online gaming brand, now holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions. Amaya has applied for a license to offer sports betting through BetStars in the Czech Republic and also expects to seek appropriate approval to expand its offering of online casino games on PokerStars Casino in due course.