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Brazil – Demands for new gaming laws rising in Brazil

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The Tourism Minister for the state of Bahia Alberto Alves in Brazil has called on lawmakers to make changes to its gambling law as a matter of urgency. The National Forum of State Secretaries and Directors of Tourism (FORNATUR) met last week (October 18) with federal deputies in Brasilia in order to discuss emergency issues… Read more »

Switzerland – Approval of Money Gaming Act paves way for Switzerland’s online sector

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After almost three years of debate, Switzerland’s Money Gaming Act, known as the Geldspielgesetz, has been approved, paving the way for online gaming to be legalised in the country. The new legislation combines land-based casinos and online gaming into a single piece of legislation. Only operators with a Swiss land-based presence will be allowed to… Read more »

UK – NCF takes reform agenda to No.10 Downing Street

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Tracy Damestani, chief executive of the National Casino Forum, has outlined plans to modernise the casino sector at a meeting in 10 Downing Street. The National Casino Forum is calling for a reform of the outdated regulations governing the UK’s 148 casinos, allowing the industry to offer its customers greater choice and make available the… Read more »

Uruguay – Uruguay’s slots should be included in new gaming laws

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The Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce for Games and Entertainment (CUDE) has criticised a new gaming law now under consideration in the House of Deputies as it does not include slot machines located outside of casinos. “For more than twenty years we have had these slot machines in the country, but the state has avoided their… Read more »

Australia – Australian Senate bans online gaming nationwide

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Alan Tudge

The Australian Senate has moved to effectively ban online gaming across the nation having approved the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. Having passed through the upper house of the Australian Parliament, the ban will take effect within the next 30 days. The bill will ban unlicensed online casino and poker operators from targeting Australian players…. Read more »

Belgium – Belgium classes virtual sports betting as ‘automatic games of chance.’

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Belgium’s Justice Minister Koen Geens has ruled that virtual sports betting should be classified as ‘automatic games of chance’ meaning they will be treated the same as slot machines. The ruling will mean changes both from the players’ side and from the game operators. Players will now need to be 21 years old to bet… Read more »

Jamaica – Jamaica looking at online regulation by the end of the year

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Audley Shaw

The government of Jamaica wants to fast-track the regulation of online gambling, according to officials at the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit. Jamaican officials confirmed that they want online gaming regulation pieced together before the merger of the country’s gambling regulators; the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), the Jamaica Racing Commission, and the Casino… Read more »

Latvia – Riga officials vote to limit gambling from city’s historic district

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The Riga City Council in Latvia’s capital has voted to prohibit all slot halls in the city’s historic district, apart from those housed in four or five-star hotels. The vote will see the 41 gaming venues shut down by the council and follows a Supreme Court ruling decision to approve the council’s rejection of a… Read more »

Dominican Republic – Anti-money laundering rules will apply to entire Dominican Republic gaming sector

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Presidency Minister of the Dominican Republic, Gustavo Montalvo, has clarified that betting and lottery games will not be excluded from within the scope of new laws on money laundering. The official explained that it will not only be casinos which will be legally required to meet with new anti money laundering measures but also those… Read more »

Brazil – Deputy urges for gaming reform

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President of the Parliamentary Front in Defence of Tourism in Congress (FRENTUR), Herculano Passos, has urged fellow lawmakers to try to push forward a bills which would legalise casino gaming. At a meeting last week held by The National Forum of State Secretaries and Directors of Tourism (FORNATUR) in Brasilia the Deputy said that gaming… Read more »