PAF and Goalwin are joining Ongame’s poker network in Spain. The consumer brands represented by these companies are: paf.es, goalwin.es, pokermambo.es (Goalwin) and pokerloco.es (Goalwin white label). Another 2 operators have confirmed joining Ongame and will be go public during the upcoming weeks.
Arvid Klingström, Head of Poker at PAF, commented, “Ongame has been the prime provider of online poker for PAF during the last 7 years and we are pleased to announce that Ongame will power our brand in the Spanish market as well. PAF has a strong brand in Spain which is further boosted by our acquisition of the Unibet player community in Spain.”
Chicco Merighi, President of Goalgaming, added, “We have, with the help of Ongame, created a truly unique white label offering for Spanish operators. In addition to our own two brands, goalwin.es and pokermambo.es, we will also power pokerloco.es.”
Spain is the third largest offline gambling market in Europe. The Spanish online sector has great growth potential.
Currently the Spanish market accounts for 5.7 percent of the total gambling market compared to the European average of 11.2 percent, according to independent analysis by H2 Gaming Capital.
With expected gross revenues of €82m during 2012 online poker makes up 19 percent of the iGaming market in Spain, one of Europe’s single largest iGaming markets that is expected to grow by 15 percent to €504m during the upcoming year.
Peter Bertilsson, Managing Director of Ongame, said, “We are proud to once again be one of the first poker networks in a major regulated market. We have established direct contacts with all major land-based operators in addition to the online operators. Negotiations with several operators are ongoing.”
Ongame received its provider license for the Spanish market on Friday June 1.
Ongame is one of the world’s largest B2B poker providers. The global network includes more than 25 of the iGaming industry’s strongest brands and operators, and has up to 45,000 concurrent players at peak hours.
Ongame also operates on regulated markets like France, Italy, Denmark and Spain. The company offers both operators and their players a wide variety of cash games and tournaments to choose from, every hour of every day.
Ongame Network Ltd is headquartered in Gibraltar and is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc.
Paf was founded in 1966 with the clear purpose of creating profit to support good causes. This purpose is still their principle objective. Today Paf.com is an international full-service online gaming site with over 150 games. It also maintains a large physical gaming operation on land and sea with about 1,300 gaming machines, 40 gaming tables on ships and Paf Casino on Åland.
PAF offers safe and socially responsible money games to give customers pleasure and entertainment. In 2010 the Paf Group had a turnover of €93.3m, producing a profit of €3.8m and the contribution to good causes was €14m. The group has over 400 employees with offices in Mariehamn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid.
Goalwin, the brand owned by the Goalgaming group, was launched in 2008 thanks to the digital media and online entertainment experience of its founder, soon becoming a meaningful brand in the online poker panorama. Goalwin is already a reality in the Italian market and is now entering the new Spanish regulated market.
PokerMambo, also part of the GoalGaming group, was launched in 2009 and has been very successful in the Spanish and north European markets. Further relevant news will be announced during 2012 on behalf of the GoalGaming group.