Originally Posted by RajHendon
The UK Budget 2012, which the OP document has a reference to says this in section 1.204:
"1.204 The current taxation regime for remote gambling has allowed operators to avoid paying UK gambling duties by basing their operations abroad. To broaden the tax base and provide a fairer basis for competition between UK and overseas remote gambling operators, Budget 2012 announces that the Government will move to a tax regime that ensures operators anywhere in the world pay gambling duties on gross profits generated from customers based in the UK. This is in line with the actions of several other European countries."
Are these the other countries which have moved away from international player pools? Probably so. It seems like a segregation of the UK player pool is the best way to manage these legislative changes.
No, No No - thankfully this is neither necessary nor in the interests of Pokerstars or other sites.
Segregating player pools has ben introduced by primary legislation preventing foreign players and by introducing an egregious rake system that would make it insane for any other national to want to join such a game and pay far more.
The UK legislation proposed does not require segregation of player pools, nor does it require operators to be based in the UK. There is no driver to force Stars or anyone else to segregate UK players, all they need to do is understand their tax obligation, track it and pay it.
This is no more onerous a technical feat than trackcking FPPs. Strategically encouraging the break up of the player pool into smaller units is not in their interests and not in the interests of players. The UK alone may be viable but that does not make it optimal either for UK players, foreign players or the company providing the service.
Simply put I realy hate the idea that UK players should be denied access to SCOOP, WCOOP or playing against non UK residents. in fact I think doing so is a breach of the EU competition laws.
Segregating player pools is not in the interests of Stars or Players. In France and Italy the governments imposed this primarily in order to rake players extortionately. A viable international tax and regulatory regime does not require segregation.