According to professional-poker.com, sources indicate that UK firms Betfair, William Hill and Ladbrokes are all among the frontrunners for Italian licenses. The 17,000 licenses will be auctioned off for betting shops, kiosks, casinos and online casinos and sports books. "Some of the U.K's largest operators already appear well placed to take advantage of the new laws across Europe. Gala Coral already operate an Italian-language site and a betting shop in Genoa, William Hill have entered into a venture with Spanish firm Codere and Ladbrokes completed a deal with Italian firm Pianeta Scommesse back in August, as well as buying three betting shops in Turin last month," reports the site on Tuesday.
Spain appears set to follow Italy's lead in this arena, with five-year licenses available for sale for online casinos soon.