Italy is of the friendliest places in Europe to play poker! In this article we will review the poker in Italy.
Before the establishment of online poker regulation in Italy, Italian players could sign up in any online poker room they see fit and enjoy various cash games, tournaments and promotions without any problems.
However, the Italian government has started to understand that there is a lot of money in online poker and decided to “come into play”. It’s obvious that this decision was made to keep the players’ money inside the country.
Italy was the first country that successfully established tax poker proceeds. To do this, the country started controlling online gambling within the country in 2007. Moreover, Italy was the first country, which set it up. The passing of the 2007 Finance Act substantially legitimated all card games based on game of skill, including poker. In 2011, Italian laws allowed to play online poker for real money.
Italy is a poker reservation. It means that Italians have to play in locally regulated poker networks. They are completely inaccessible for foreigners.
Where can I play poker online in Italy?
There are a few platforms on the Italian online poker market, where poker can be played:
Italian branch of PokerStarts is one of the biggest and the most reliable poker rooms from all available on any closed European markets. The pool of players is much smaller than in PokerStars Europe, but the low level of the players’ game compensates it over and above. In cash games, you can always sit at the table where players will share with you their money and MTT tournaments will delight you with a generous prize pool.
The traffic of iPoker Italy is about 2-3 times smaller that in PokerStars Italy, but you shouldn’t be despaired: during peak hours you can find about 500-600 players, most of which play 6-max NL Holdem. The level of players’ game is low and your opponents are quite weak players, which will give you a good action in post-flop.
People’s Poker is a great choice for poker pros to dive in the atmosphere of online poker in the mid 2000s. Quite good traffic, very weak opponents in almost all games and at all limits, convenient software and the opportunity to connect HM3/PT4 using converter. This room is good for 6-max regulars at NL 50-200 limits and heads-up regulars at NL600-1K limits.