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Austrian state to launch online poker

Austria is to launch a national online poker site managed by the state.

It is expected to happen within the coming weeks, according to Karl Stoss, head of Casinos Austria. Svenska Spel, Sweden’s state run gambling operator, has helped develop the site using Boss Media technology platform. Its focus is to leaning heavily towards player protection and the site will be launched with a player maximum deposit limit of €800 ($1.175 billion) weekly. Although the site is expected to see the popularity of poker rise in Austria, industry analysts expect to see a clampdown on private operators, as has been the case in Sweden. (casinowire)