Poker in Spain
Poker is a very popular game in all parts of Spain. Most of the country's casinos offer at least one poker table, and many of the larger casinos have several. Regulations vary from province to province, and some of them prohibit cash games, with the exception of Stud poker and tournaments.
Tournaments are something that the country is especially big on. Since 2010, the "Estrellas Poker Tour" from PokerStars has been touring the country every year, making stops at casinos in Madrid, Valencia, Marbella and Barcelona. Hundreds of participants sign up for the popular event.
Spain has also played host to other major tournaments in the past including the World Heads-Up Championship, the European Poker Tour, the 2007 World Cup of Poker Finals, and the Spanish Poker Tour. Spain has also produced a number of the world's top players. Madrid is the home city to one of the greatest living poker players - Carlos "El Matador" Mortensen, the only player to win the World Championship event at both the WSOP and the WPT.
Online Poker in Spain
The big poker tournaments that come through Spain are sometimes connected with online poker sites as well. In 2008, Spain played host to the World Poker Crown Final, which saw players battling for a $1 million first place prize. 888.com Poker sent ten players to the final after they worked their way up the leaderboards in the qualifying rounds.
Since online poker became legal and licensed in 2012, a handful of operators – both local and international - have acquired the right to include it in their offers. As the first year of legalization has shown, 40% of those Spaniards who play online do so at poker rooms. They also generate the corresponding percentage of online gambling revenue.