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Online gaming software developer EvenBet Gaming has been awarded a supplier licence by the Malta Gaming Authority, allowing the company to significantly boost its international reach.

The licence, which covers EvenBet’s core poker offering as well as casino and sports betting integrations, is lauded as “a huge milestone” by the developer as it sets an ambition of building its operator network in the European market and beyond.

MGA-licensed operators will now have access to EvenBet’s poker platform, which includes a mini games feature that offers hundreds of casino slots and games, as well as a sports betting function that allows players to wager on live sporting events within an online poker room.

Dmitry Starostenkov, EvenBet Gaming CEO, said of the licence approval: “We are delighted to have been awarded a supplier licence by the MGA in what is an important landmark in the history of EvenBet Gaming.

“Our new licence will help us significantly expand  the reach of our services. In recent months, the popularity of online poker has grown exponentially and we’re well positioned to meet the demands of operators and players alike.”

Online poker has been a “lifesaver for sports betting operators” according to Starostenkov, as the platform sees a significant rise in popularity and importance amidst the COVID-19 crisis. 

Speaking at SBC’s Digital Summit last week, Starostnikov and a panel of industry experts discussed how poker’s landscape has once again changed due to recent events which has severely reduced sports betting options.