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How to start an online casino business: learn the latest legislative changes in global gambling industry

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CASEXE suggests to find out more about important updates in gambling regulation across the world. If you know how to start an online casino business then regulatory developments will help you to choose a suitable jurisdiction for your project. Malta, Australia, Georgia and Armenia are in our following review.

 

Malta

Malta’s gambling regulator aims to be one step ahead of other jurisdictions by expanding opportunities for local operators and offering them more variants how to start and develop smoothly an online casino business.

One recent initiative was a legal reorganization in the country to reduce an unnecessary normative complexity for local gambling operators.

Gambling business realignment in the country includes the next terms:

  • issuance of two different types of permits for B2B and B2C sectors instead of one multi-license
  • optimization of taxation for operators
  • tax exemption of B2B sector applicable to gambling business
  • transition to automated reporting
  • integration of more effective criminal and administrative justice
  • improvement of sphere of consumer protection

Australia

The government approved a draft law on nationwide ban on start an online business despite of strong opposition from both local operators and gamblers.

The legislative initiative provides a right of veto over online casinos and poker rooms operation on the Internet. Key stakeholders have already informed that they are leaving the Australian gambling market due to these regulating updates.

Georgia

The national parliament considers a series of legal undertakings to regulate the online gambling industry. Allegedly, the draft bills will enter into force in 2018. Therefore if you consider on how to start an online casino business in Georgia, you should have your finger on its legislative pulse from today.

New terms and conditions are to increase a license fee applicable to online gambling operators, and also to organize an obligatory registration on the players roster. The latter measure seeks to combat a gambling addiction and to prevent from recruiting minors into gambling.

Armenia

Armenia’s government established a special roster for high-rollers. Gamblers playing very high stakes and spending on game more than $2 000 must to identify their personality, to keep all their receipts and transaction statements.

Stay with CASEXE and keep up with the latest gaming news around the globe – we do know how and where to start an online casino business.

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Armenia amends gambling and advertising regulations

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Armenia has amended its laws related to gambling and advertisement. As per the new regulations, only the local gambling operator will be allowed to advertise in the country.

An additional requirement is that gambling advertising should be targeted at citizens over 21 years of age. Advertising of gambling on radio and TV will be limited to 22:00 and 06:00 period of time. The penalty for violation of the law will be 1 million drams (about $ 2,067).

The Armenian government has also amended the Law on Lotteries, according to which the gambling business will be restricted to special zones of Tsakhkadzor, Sevan, Jermuk, and Meghri.

Tsaghkadzor is a city in the Koktaisk region, one of the most popular ski and climate resorts in the country which accepts tourists all year round. Sevan is a city popular with tourists due to the largest source of fresh water in Armenia – Lake Sevan. It is expected that the construction of the gambling zone will promote the development of this region. Jermuk is another resort town with at least nine hotels opened.

Meghri is a city rich in historical monuments in the south of Armenia. Due to its climate, as well as its developed infrastructure, it is potentially a successful project for the gambling and entertainment resort area.

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Armenia toughens stance against legal gaming

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Nikol Pashinián, the prime minister of Armenia, has voiced his concerns about the “social problems in village communities” that the growing gambling activity in the country causes. He urged that “these devices should simply be removed.”

“How should we organise this in order for us to truly solve this problem accurately, this is a very important question,” the statement begins. “Overall when we look at our economic growth indicators it turns out that these gambling machines have become the leading branch of our economy.”

Then continues: “This is totally absurd, and our policy should be to change our logic: on one hand it encourages poverty, on the other hand, pardon me, [gambling addiction]”.

 “We must pursue a kind of policy where we won’t encourage neither the first one nor the second, this is a very serious problem and people, families, fates and others are being affected,” the PM said.

“There is no problem, we will discuss openly, transparently, publicly, we will understand whose interests are more taken into account, whose not, where objective issues exist, we will exclude them and solve this problem, because this really is a serious problem, and people are alarming about this problem in masses,” he concluded.

 

Source: Focus Gaming News

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Armenia changes gambling rule on allowable age

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Armenia has changed the section of gambling regulation that deals with the permissible age on gambling. Gamblers in the country’s casinos must be at least 21 years of age from now on.

In fact, this particular provision has been there since September 2014. But with the new amendment, casinos must have a provision to check the age of the visitors. Atom Janjugazyan, the Minister of Finance of Armenia, signed the new order that made mandatory the checking of passport or any other identity document of the casino visitor. The casinos will be liable for a penalty up to 300 thousand drams (about 500 EUR) for any violation of the rule.

The Armenian authorities systematically tighten legislation related to online and offline gambling. Currently, Armenian Ministry of Finance is considering the possibility of restricting the activities of foreign online casinos and a partial ban on advertising of casinos on the streets of cities and in the mass media. At the same time, the government does not plan to revise the profit tax on gambling, now it is 20 per cent.

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