Unibet started licensing procedures in Romania under the new law instituted by the Parliament in May.
“Even now still analyzing the licensing conditions, announce that we are in the process of licensing procedures start in Romania,” said Unibet in an email.
Romanian economy is comparable to that of Portugal, due to its similarity. For example, Romania’s GDP is 199 billion dollars, while that of Portugal is 233 billion USD.
This comparison provides a picture of the future of poker and gambling in Romania if we see movements that are on the Portuguese market. The Unibet and many other operators withdrew temporarily from the Portuguese market to license and become legal operators in Portugal. It is expected that operator is licensed and in Romania.
French site Winamax already announced that players from Romania will not be able to play. Unibet has suggested it might follow the same procedure, saying: “We will contact the partners we work with on the Romanian market in the coming days with new information about this license“.
Therefore and PokerStars has announced plans licensed in Romania, informing and affiliates do not accept Romanian players new to comply with such licensing procedures.
Withdrawal from the Romanian market is on the other hand, tempting many rooms that have operated here, given retroactive tax pepper 20% of company revenues made from Romanian players since 24 December 2010. After an estimate of iGamingBusiness it Romania fee could quickly bring about 90 million budget.
Even so, it seems that many operators plan to enter the Romanian market online regularized. According Poker Industry Pro, ONJN already granted temporary licenses first three hires, Stanleybet, NetBet and Winmasters.