The gambling market in the Balkan takes another hit as the crackdown on iGaming sites in Latvia continues. The Latvian gambling regulator – Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection (IAUI) – has added more names to its all consuming blacklist that has been prohibiting access to gambling domains in the country ever since its introduction three months ago. Not content with the last update where twenty domains were put under embargo, the IAUI has picked twenty three more domains this time around increasing the number of blacklisted sites to a whopping 204.
In just over three months, the IAUI has changed the face of the gambling and iGaming industry in Latvia with its recent regulations. The blacklist means that all Latvian internet service providers and financial institutions are mandated to block access and transactions to Latvian betting sites, making it virtually impossible to conduct any business in the country.
Of the twenty three latest domains to be added to the list is Unibet’s unibet-4.com, making it the seventh Unibet domain to be banned in the country. Five of the twenty three domains are owned by
Malta-licensed operator Doxx Bet. The company originally operated a chain of bookmakers in the county of Slovakia before it changed to online gaming. The sites feature a range of products offered by Amaya, which includes a skin on the Ongame Poker Network. Joining these five is another Malta based site Europa Casino, which recently closed shop in the UK after moving all its customers to another domain -Titanbet.co.uk. UK-registered BestGames Holdings has three of its sites blacklisted, namely BestCasino, BestLotto and BestBet.
A new addition to the blacklist is the Malta-licensed operator Guts.com which is operated by Guts Gaming, a company which started out as affiliate portal Donkr International, before becoming a part of the online gaming world.
The new names on the Latvian blacklist:
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