PokerStars are planning to migrate the site's German players to the new PokerStars.eu platform. The compulsory shift is planned to take place already tomorrow.
PokerStars is planning to migrate its German players to the new PokerStars.eu
platform, aiming at carrying through the shift already tomorrow.
The move, which is compulsory and automatic, will not have any technical significance for the German players, who will be met with the exact same games and deposit options as before.
The migration, however, will have a legal consequence, as the PokerStars.eu domain is under regulation by the Malta Lottery and Games Authority, and not PokerStars' main regulator in the Isle of Man.
The legal distinction will mean that German players are likely exempt from paying taxes of their winnings, as the PokerStars.eu platform is technically regulated from within the EU.
"Regulatory developments within the European Union in recent years underscored that there are numerous advantages (for players and for PokerStars to maintaining a base of operation in Malta, an EU member state where we hold a global e-gaming license," Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications at PokerStars, told Pokerfuse
"Since taking that license we have gradually transferred players from various EU countries to the Malta license in order to benefit from the EU regulatory environment," he added.
Besides the German players, the PokerStars.eu platform already hosts players from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Romania and the Netherlands.