Victoria becomes the first Australian state to toughen its online betting rules this week under the national-approved National Consumer Protection Framework. The rules were approved a few months back by all states and territories in Australia with plans for additional states to follow Victoria’s lead in the near future.
Since Latvia began blocking the domains of offshore gambling sites in 2014, it has been clear the country is intent on developing a safe and strictly regulated industry for local players. For years, the country has struggled to earn revenue from the regulated online gambling industry.
Governor María Eugenia Vidal has signed a decree to legalize multiple forms of online gambling in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province. The new law will legalize online casino games, horse racing betting, sports betting and poker with international operators allowed to apply for one of seven licenses that will be made available.
A study commissioned by the Swedish Public Health Authority and published earlier this month yielded surprising results: female problem gamblers outnumber their male counterparts of the first time ever.
The Dutch Senate has approved online gambling. The Remote Gambling Bill, which has spent the last three-plus years sitting in legal limbo amid a wider effort to do something about betting dating back even further, cleared a major hurdle last week and is finally set to become the law of the land.
As part of its three-year plan to make gambling “safer and fairer”, the UK Gambling Commission has unveiled new rules slated to come into effect on 7 May 2019. Among them are new restrictions placed on betting operators governing customer identity verification.
The government of Alberta is interested in shelving its rather dubious trophy as one of the only two provinces in Canada without some form of online gambling. In an effort to change that, Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC), is looking for technology partners to run an online gambling platform.
The Russian agency overseeing telecommunications is rushing into 2019 full steam ahead in its efforts to stamp out unlicensed betting sites. This continues an effort that has been ongoing since at least 2013 that has resulted in the blocking of hundreds of thousands of gambling-related domains over the years.
In a decision notice published on Thursday, the Swedish Gambling Authority announced it has awarded two more online gambling licenses in anticipation of the new gambling law taking effect on 1 January 2019.
Ladbrokes finds itself in hot water once again after allegedly letting a gambling addict spend hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of stolen money and then paying five of the gambler’s theft victims £975,000 in return for a promise not to tell regulators.