GentingBet has applied for a Spanish casino and sports betting licence, hoping to launch in the market by the end of this year.

Jeremy Taylor, managing director of Genting Online, said: “Gambling is an important part of Spanish culture. The country is of significant size, has one of the highest per capita spend in Europe and has consistently grown during the past 10 years or so.

Genting is a huge global business with a significant UK casino estate and has big ambitions for its mobile, live casino and sportsbook products. We believe GentingBet’s wonderful heritage, social responsibility focus, live casino expertise and comprehensive betting and gaming suite will resonate well in Spain – as it will other European markets,” said Taylor.

“Having recently opened our new Interactive Headquarters in Malta, we are now perfectly placed to capitalise on the opportunity that the European online market presents.”

Taylor said the operator had taken advantage of the one-year window offered to operators and submitted an application to the Spanish regulator, Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego.

“If successful, we hope to roll out in Q4 of 2019,” he added.