Legislation Go Back »

Australia – Australian Senate bans online gaming nationwide

Posted by


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.’

Posted by


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

Posted by


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

Posted by


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

Posted by


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

Posted by


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 »

Brazil – Corruption scandal could derail gaming law

Posted by


Eike Batista, a Brazilian oil and mining millionaire, who was once one of the richest men in the world, has agreed to reveal alleged wrongs involving lawmakers and a new bill on the table that seeks to give casinos the green light. Now in negotiations to reduce his sentence with prosecutors, Batista wants to provide… Read more »

China – Macau stepping up ATM security with facial recognition

Posted by


The Macau government is taking security checks for money withdrawals up a notch, announcing that UnionPay ATM cardholders will now need to present ID cards and take part in facial recognition to withdraw money. The move has caused some concern that the casino sector will be affected. UnionPay is China’s main payment network. JPMorgan said:… Read more »

Ukraine – Ukraine promises a new gambling market by 2018

Posted by


Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance has vowed to reintroduce gambling throughout the country with revenues to be generated by a new gaming market by next year. It sent a letter, signed by the Prime Minister, to International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde, which stated: “We will legalise gambling which should provide additional revenues to the budget… Read more »

Slovakia – Bratislava to close down 305 gambling venues

Posted by


Politicians in the Slovakian city of Bratislava have implemented new legislation to ban all forms of gambling from the capital except sports betting, forcing 305 venues to one day shut down. City council members approved laws that will refuse licence applications from existing casinos meaning that once their existing licences run out they will have… Read more »