sle of Man based Playtech currently provides software for clients including bet365 and casinos like Casino Tropez and Club Dice Casino. Sinai is Playtech's first “native” licensee on its existing Italian poker network.
Under the terms of the license agreement, Playtech provides Snai with its entire portfolio of market leading poker games in tournament form. At present, the software is downloadable in a ’play for fun’ mode, which provides players with the opportunity to improve their strategies and hone their skills for free. A "play for real money" mode is intended for launch in the fouth quarter of 2008.
Snai boss Maurizio Ughi said: “Our aim is to be the leading player in the Italian market for skill games, as we are for horse racing and sports betting.”
Both parties are wholly committed to meeting all the Italian regulatory standards. The product has been designed specifically to appeal to Italian players and customized to meet all the functional requirements of the local market, including matching language and currency.
The product has been fully integrated with Snai’s online betting system to ensure a seamless gaming experience for the Italian player.
Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech, commented: “As the leading software provider to the online gaming industry, working extensively in regulated markets, we are very pleased to establish our foothold in Italy through our partnership with Snai. We are delighted to have reached this agreement to offer our rich palette of poker games, supported by a transparent and efficient management system, to Italy’s leading land-based operator, and we anticipate a rewarding partnership. We look forward to continue establishing our presence in the whole spectrum of regulated markets, providing top tier games and platforms to our licensees.”
“Playtech has the world’s largest non US liquidity pool and intends to leverage this experience, to establish a strong presence in the newly regulated Italian poker market,” he concluded.
Maurizio Ughi, Chairman of Snai, said: “Since its foundation, our company has specialized in skills-based gaming and skill games like poker are a natural evolution of our portfolio for the Italian market. Having chosen Playtech’s portfolio, we are able to offer our customers two poker games, Texas Hold ’Em and Omaha. Our aim is to be the leading player in the Italian market for skill games, as we are for horse racing and sports betting. We look forward to a successful working relationship with Playtech.”