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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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Super League and Betfred Extend Their Partnership

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Super League and Betfred have extended the current three-year partnership until the end of the 2021 season. The announcement follows recent title sponsorship deals between Betfred and other major sports competition brands. As part of the new sponsorship, Super League and Betfred will continue to support the “Gamble Responsible” campaign, which is currently promoted at Super League games.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Betfred who have become synonymous with Super League. They have been a vital part of our journey over the last three years and we look forward to working with them in what is a hugely exciting time for Super League and the sport. To have the support of someone like Fred who is so passionate about Super League and who shares our vision for its future is fantastic,” Robert Elstone, Chief Executive Super League said.

“This is a historic and ground-breaking deal for the sport and shows a huge commitment from Fred, his senior management team, and all his staff who are so passionate about Super League. It is a significant increase on previous sponsorships and reflects the growing popularity and value of the Super League brand,” Rhodri Jones, Chief Commercial Officer Super League said.

“The real passion for this game shown by the players, the media and, most importantly, the fans, is for me the main reason why this has proved to be such a great sponsorship for us. Therefore, I had no hesitation in extending the deal for a further two years and Betfred look forward to working with Super League to help grow the terrific game of rugby league,” Fred Done, the Boss of Betfred said.

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Miss FashionTV Gaming World 2019 to be Crowned this Month in Malta

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Revolutionising the online gaming industryFashionTV Gaming Group brings together the virtual world of online gaming with the high fashion and glamorous real world of FashionTV with an evening of opulence on the 30th May.

Known for always doing things differently, FashionTV Gaming Group will be hosting its first Miss FashionTV Gaming World awards on the 30th May in Malta at the iconic Fort St Elmo in Valletta.

Miss FashionTV Gaming World 2019 is being held in collaboration with Malta Fashion Week and will culminate the week-long fabulous programme of events with a one-of-a-kind FashionTV glam party.

The event will include a cocktail reception followed by the Miss FashionTV Gaming World contest, with models competing from all over the world.

There will also be a fashion show and live entertainment before announcing this year’s winner who will be crowned on the night and rewarded with a cash prize and the opportunity of becoming the face of FashionTV Gaming World for 2019.

The event is powered by FashionTV Gaming Group and its main sponsor is one of the world most successful online gaming giants, the award winning- BetConstruct who also powers VBet.

An evening of lavish FashionTV entertainment is set to follow, with an exclusive networking reception that will allow industry leaders, models, celebrities, influencers, popular designers, and fashionistas to come together within the walls of a truly magnificent venue under the stars.

Aviva Baner, Head of Media, at FashionTV Gaming Group noted: “Miss FashionTV Gaming 2019 is definitely an industry first of its kind and will  represent one of the major highlights of the global online gaming industry this year.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests and treating them in FashionTV style as we wait to crown our brand ambassador for the forthcoming year. Apart from representing FashionTV Gaming Group, this year’s winner will also gain the international exposure that comes with a mega brand like FashionTV, and we’re excited to being a part of the journey”.

Malta Fashion Week, Airmalta and VisitMalta.com are also sponsoring the event.

Following a series of successful launches across the world during 2019, in Europe, India, Africa, and more recently, Asia, backed by the Global TV Network giant with over 2 billion viewers around the world, FashionTV Gaming Group, one of the fastest growing companies  in the online gaming industry , aims to create a  new era of games through its  “FashionTV Gaming World”, by creating a world of FTV branded games and websites, across all verticals , via its unique B2B sublicensing model for this mega brand and its vision.

This concept allows operators and suppliers around the world to run FashionTV branded gaming products, as well as develop and produce their own FashionTV branded games, websites, including but not limited to Casino, Live Dealer, Sports betting and Games. Other FashionTV branded opportunities include FashionTV poker, bingo, scratch cards, fantasy sports, social games, and games of skill, all of which will become a part of the new and innovative vision of FashionTV Gaming World, with massive global exposure.

Being part of this franchise means that operators and suppliers are able to capitalise on the global reach and power of the FashionTV mega brand to significantly reduce the high marketing costs incurred when bringing a new online gaming operation or branded game to market.

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MGA Attends Annual Conference of GREF 2019

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The Malta Gaming Authority has participated in the annual conference of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), held in Limassol, Cyprus.

The conference was exclusively attended by many gaming regulators. The conference has included topics relating to alternative payment methods, payment blocking measures, the parallels between gambling products and gambling-like financial products, as well as virtual currencies.

The MGA’s Chief Legal Counsel, Carl Brincat, delivered a presentation during a session entitled “Virtual currencies and gambling regulation: the Maltese case.” Carl Brincat was joined by Gerd Sapiano, Senior Analyst within the Securities and Market Supervision Unit within the Malta Financial Services Authority, as well as Nicholas Warren, a private financial services and blockchain consultant.

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