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October 20, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — Only days after achieving licenced status with the Italian regulator Amministrazione Autonome dej Monopoli di Stato (AAMS), the giant online poker website has launched its Italian offering at
Fabio Angeli Bufalini, PokerStars Italian manager, invited his fellow Italians to try the new website out for themselves, joining the thousands of Internet poker players around the world who use the site on a daily basis. He commented: "PokerStars is proud to be entering a flourishing market with this new product. This is a groundbreaking time for the online poker industry, and it's very exciting that the Italian market is pioneering this move.
"This is the start of a global template which could potentially be adopted in other markets internationally in the next few years."
Italian players will have access to the full range of services and tournaments offered by PokerStars, said Dario Minieri, an internationally respected land and online Italian pro and member of Team PokerStars. "Players on will have the opportunity to win their entry into famous international poker events — like the European Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas," he said.
"These competitions require players to have the right mix of skill, training, concentration, and luck."
Luca Pagano, Max Pescatori, Jeff Lisandro, Dario Alioto, and Marco Traniello are all successful Italian players who form a powerful nucleus of role models for their countrymen interested in playing poker for real money.
PokerStars market research estimates that during this first year of online poker being legalized in the country, up to 500,000 new player accounts will be opened throughout the Italian online poker industry, creating an estimated €400 million market.