The Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection (IAUI) has already blacklisted 442 internet gaming sites, requiring internet service providers in the country to block access to the domains. Latvia’s financial institutions have also been required to block any funds transfers to or from blacklisted operators.
Now they have added thirteen more new domains to their blacklist of unlicensed gambling sites in the first update for the new year. The list is not even that old, only having begun in August of last year, but it is expanding fast.
Unfortunately the receiving of new licences by potential operators in Latvia is extremely slow, and few are able to offer their services legally to Latvian customers.
Triobet seems to be one company notorious for being on the blacklist. They have been owned by Betsson since 2012, when it purchased Nordic Group. Triobet3.com and Triomove.com are the sixth and seventh Triobet sites on Latvia’s blacklist. Other Betsson brands can also be found listed.
But Betsson are not the only culprits to be caught out. Vernons.com, owned by NetPlay TV, is also new to the list. This high-profile site was sold by Sportech to NetPlay in October 2013.
Cosmik Gaming Group is another company who has had sites added to the blacklist. Two of the Malta-based companies sites are now banned for Latvian players. These sites are CosmicCasino.com and IlCasinoCosmiko.com. Omni Casino has had two of its domains added as well. Maltese licensed site truebluebingo.com has also been put on the blacklist.
Omnicasino.com and Sunpoker.com are now off-limits to Latvian players. These casinos are powered by one of the leaders in gaming technology, Playtech, and are licensed in Curacao. Other Curacao licensed domains banned by Latvia include Vegasberry.com, Flycasino.com, Viproomcasino.com and Winagames.com. The lucky, or unlucky, thirteenth domain to be banned is also a Curacao licensed site, cscasino.com.
Hopefully going forward, the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection will put its energies into providing more options for online gaming licenses and limit the need to blacklist new domains.
Renee is an international analyst and journalist specializing in covering legal developments and legislative efforts in regulated online betting markets world wide.