As reported earlier, the Italian government was conducting the required technical checks to eventually merge its player pool with those of France, Spain, and Portugal. According to AssoPoker, there should be very few administrative hurdles before the publication of the technical framework. The operator still needs authorization from the Spanish online gambling regulator, DGOJ, but given the recent launch of its. Portugal recently published its technical standards in its Official Journal, which means that the country can now officially enter the project. PokerStars, which rolled out Franco-Spanish poker tables in January, is currently the only operator to be licensed by SRIJ, the Portuguese gambling regulator, and is expected to open its PokerStars Europe shared liquidity network to local players within the next few weeks. Said feature had been available in Spain and France, prior to the launch of the shared liquidity project. Generally speaking, it prevents players from selecting a table when entering the PokerStars Europe network. They are thus assigned a table automatically. Related Articles.