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The Countries Where Gambling Is Illegal

Zoltan Tundik

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Many people around the world enjoy gambling on their favorite online casinos and sports betting sites but unfortunately, it isn’t always legal. While laws have changed over the years, there are still many countries that punish those who gamble illegally or those who set up online casinos without permission.

Here, we are going to look at some of the countries where gambling is illegal. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Cambodia

In the past, the citizens of Cambodia have been known for their gambling addictions and so the government decided to take a stand and ban all formats in 1996. However, they do allow for private lotteries that are sponsored by the government and these come in 5 different forms. For any travelers wishing to visit Cambodia, you should know that you are permitted to gamble in the country and there are casinos dedicated to this.

United Arab Emirates

Did you know that nearly every single Islamic country prohibits gambling of any kind? While this is true, you’ll find that many of the countries don’t enforce these rules and people from Islamic countries are still able to visit online gaming sites aimed at Arab players. However, in the United Arab Emirates, you’ll find that the law is much stricter, and anyone found gambling can be imprisoned for up to two years.

Singapore

Another country where gambling is illegal is Singapore. This country has banned all forms of online gambling under the Singapore Remote Gambling Act unless an exemption has been made. In this case, you’ll find that the only gambling operators to have an exemption granted in 2016 are the Singapore Turf Club and the Singapore Pools. Otherwise, you’ll find that land-based gambling is illegal as a whole but there are some operators who have been granted an exemption by the government.

Qatar

If you are looking for the country with the strictest gambling laws, then you should have a look at what Qatar has to offer. This country has made all forms of gambling illegal including sports betting which is unusual when you look at gambling laws around the world. The people of Qatar haven’t taken well to the ban and have started their own underground gambling scene. Of course, anyone who gets caught doing so will have to face the consequences.

North Korea

In North Korea, the government has tight control over the lives of the people who live there. As expected, this includes gambling as they have decided to forbid both online and offline gambling. While this is a law that is strict for citizens, it does not apply to tourists who decide to visit. However, this is only the case if the tourists are on guided tours and they visit the lone casino in the country located in Pyongyang.

Lebanon

Finally, you will find that gambling is illegal in Lebanon where the law states that citizens are not allowed to take part in any sort of gambling activities. The government in this country has the power to block any sort of online casinos that they come across as they are breaking the law. While gambling is illegal in Lebanon, you’ll find that there is one online casino and one land-based casino that are authorized to operate in the country. For players who really want to gamble, there is also a casino ship that takes them out into international waters where gambling is permitted.

What To Do When Travelling

You’ll find that many of the countries that have made gambling illegal do not require tourists to stick to these laws. This means that you can still enjoy your gambling activities when you are traveling. However, we would advise that you take a look at the laws of the country that you are visiting and ensure that you are not breaking any laws. The last thing that you want is to be arrested or charged in a foreign country as this can have complications.

Conclusion

It is interesting to look at the gambling laws around the world and gain an understanding of the countries that do not permit this sort of activity. When you have the freedom to log onto your favorite online casino and win some cash, you can almost take it for granted. While many of these countries have made gambling illegal, people do still engage in the activities. Despite the danger, the love for gambling both online and in land-based casinos still comes through.

We would recommend that you do not engage in illegal gambling and only play online casino games when it is permitted. With all of this in mind, it is possible that some of these countries will change their laws in the near future.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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NSoft Days – trend presentations for stakeholders

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NSoft is organizing a two-day immersion with future thinkers and do-ers. The NSoft days will be held on August 23-24, 2019 in order to present the how and why NSoft sets future trends.

Topics like how to implement AI into products, Machine Learning as well as the insight into the future of app building are to be presented to more than 60 business partners and are to provide an excellent networking opportunity. NSoft’s guests will be able to participate in a series of workshops and presentations, where NSoft’s team will be showcasing the most relevant global trends and the future of NSoft including Vision and Chameleon.

Additionally, NSoft’s guests will be able to participate at a must-see event Red Bull Cliff Diving. NSoft has decided to blend NSoft days with this world-know Mostar edition of this Red Bull event by sponsoring it and will host its guests at the VIP zone of the event.

In order to obtain in-depth information about the latest NSoft’s innovations and products, feel free to book a meeting with our representatives at sales@nsoft.com

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Approval of Foundation Level Gambling Industry Tester Specialist Syllabus by ISTQB®

Niji Narayan

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International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing certification organisation that operates internationally, founded in Edinburgh in November 2002. The company has approved the release of 2019 version of the ISTQB® Gambling Industry Tester Specialist (GT) Syllabus.

The GT Syllabus gives essential understanding and knowledge to anyone involved in testing in the gambling industry and also reflects the current best practices and procedures for testing in the gambling industry.

The ISTQB® provides the new GT Syllabus as follows:

 

  1. To the ISTQB® Member Boards, to translate into their local language and to accredit training providers. Member boards may adapt the syllabus to their particular language needs and modify the references to adapt to their local glossary terms.
  2. To the certification bodies, to derive examination questions in their local language adapted to the learning objectives for this syllabus
  3. To the training providers, to produce courseware and determine appropriate teaching methods
  4. To the certification candidates, to prepare for the certification exam (either as part of a training course or independently)
  5. To the international software and systems engineering community, to advance the profession of software testing, and as a basis for books and articles.

 

ISTQB® President, Olivier Denoo, stated – “the focus of ISTQB® is towards addressing its customers main needs. The Gambling Industry Tester certification, will address a growing market of Gaming of all kinds, including Gambling games, which has a great potential for those developing and testing those games. We have shown with this certification we are not looking only for huge markets, but also on unique trends and customers who needs certifications in today’s growing IT market”.

Alon Linetzki, ISTQB® Marketing working group chair added: “as ISTQB® is trying to address evolving and new areas of testing and target Software Testers, came out this unique syllabus. It addresses the needs of a growing industry – Gaming and Gambling Testing – which this is the first syllabus in that domain”.

 

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iovation Research: Fraudsters Increasingly Leveraging Mobile Devices for Schemes

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TransUnion company explores top continents and countries for risky mobile transactions, and types of behavior businesses to need to look for to catch mobile fraud

iovation, a TransUnion company, today released its recent research that about half of all risky online transactions appear to be coming from a mobile device. Specifically, in the first half of 2019 iovation saw 49% of all risky transactions come from mobile devices, up from 30% in 2018, 33% in 2017 and 25% in 2016.

“Fraudsters are like chameleons. They are always adapting their tactics to make it look like they’re legitimate customers,” said iovation’s Senior Director of Customer Success, Melissa Gaddis. “With well over half of all transactions now coming from mobile devices, our analysts increasingly see fraudsters either using mobile devices or making it look like their transactions are coming from mobile when in fact they are using a traditional desktop.”

Among its research, iovation found:

  • The top continents for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is North America with 59% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was Asia at 53%. In 2017, it was North America with 55%. In 2016, it was North America again with 36%.

  • The top countries for mobile fraud: Gabon leads so far in 2019 with 85% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. It 2018, it was Japan with 79%. Papua New Guinea led in 2017 with 86%. In 2016, it was Bangladesh with 59%.

  • The top industries for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is telecommunications with 75% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was gambling with 60%. Communities (for example social networks or online dating sites) led in 2017 at 59%. In 2016, it was healthcare with 58%.

To find fraudulent transactions from mobile devices, iovation suggests businesses closely analyze specific indicators including:

  • Mobile emulators: Fraudsters like to hide information by using emulators to make it look like their desktop device is a mobile device.

  • Orientation: Is a device staying in the same position or is it face down? These could be tell-tale signs of a bot or a fraudster emulating a mobile device.

  • SIM card country: Since fraudsters often try to mask their location, the SIM card country provides yet another method for identifying the true location of the end-user. Fraud analysts may find fraudsters that target their businesses tend to have devices from particular countries.

  • SIM card carrier name: Certain mobile carriers can have a higher percentage of fraudulent activity originating from them.

  • Currency: The type of currency tied to a device provides additional context to the region associated with the device. This can be another way to determine if the device is coming from a risky location.

  • Language: Much like countries, carriers and currency, the language used on a device provides additional context on the transaction which can help crack a fraud case when a fraudster is attempting to mask other aspects of their device.

  • Mobile OS version: Certain mobile operating system versions may correlate with fraud or abuse.

 

Mobile Transaction Jump

iovation found 61% of all online transactions came from mobile devices so far this year, up from 56% in 2018, 51% in 2017 and 45% in 2016. Europe and North America are consistently among the top continents for mobile transactions with 67% and 60% respectively so far this year. The top industry for mobile transactions so far in 2019 is communities with 73%.

For more insights into iovation’s findings along with new iovation features to catch mobile fraud, go to this blog post that includes an infographic.

Methodology

iovation came to its findings by analyzing the 30 billion online transactions it evaluated for fraud from January 2016 to June 30, 2019. To find the risky mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of risky transactions from mobile devices compared to overall risky transactions. For overall mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of mobile transactions compared to all online transactions. iovation defines risky transactions as those that typically result in fraud.

 

About iovation:

iovation, a TransUnion company, was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping brands protect and engage their customers, and keeping them secure in the complex digital world. Armed with the world’s largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multifactor authentication methods, iovation safeguards tens of millions of digital transactions each day.

 

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