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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Betsson Acquires Gaming Operator and Game Developer in the Netherlands
Betsson announced that the Group has acquired Holland Gaming Technology Ltd, a gaming operator with a license in the Netherlands, and Holland Power Gaming B.V., a game studio that develops casino games for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd. The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million on a cash- and debt-free basis and is financed with own liquid assets.
Holland Gaming Technology Ltd is a gaming operator, which holds a gaming license for casino games in the Netherlands and offers games through the websites www.goldruncasino.nl and www.goldruncasino .com.
Holland Power Gaming B.V. is a game development company in the Netherlands that supplies casino games exclusively for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd.
The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million, out of which EUR 16 million is paid upfront at closing, and deferred payments of EUR 9 million and EUR 2.5 million will be paid in six months and twelve months respectively.
The acquisition will over time contribute to a higher share of revenue from locally regulated markets and is in line with Betsson’s strategic ambition to deliver profitable growth through geographic expansion.
The acquisition is subject to post-closing approval by the Dutch gambling regulator KSA.
IGT Earns Gold Medal from Leading Sustainability Rating Agency EcoVadis
International Game Technology PLC announced that it has earned a gold medal sustainability rating from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings. This gold medal rating positions IGT among the top five percent of global companies assessed by EcoVadis for its comprehensive sustainable business practices. IGT scored particularly well in the areas of environment, ethics and sustainable procurement.
IGT’s sustainability programme was assessed under the EcoVadis criteria using 21 benchmarks within the categories of environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. EcoVadis methodically evaluates environmental, social and ethical performance using these international sustainability standards for more than 85,000 companies worldwide.
“Receiving a gold medal from EcoVadis validates IGT’s long-time commitment to continuously improving our ESG results and the effectiveness of our Sustainable Play initiatives. IGT will leverage the gold medal honor from EcoVadis as inspiration for enhanced sustainability innovation and performance, as we help contribute to a more sustainable future for our business and stakeholders,” said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP Marketing, Communications and Sustainability.
EcoVadis’ business sustainability ratings are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Company, the International Labour Organisation conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative standards and the ISO 26000 standard. The ratings provide an evidenced-based analysis on performance and an actional roadmap for continuous improvement.
Kindred Continues Support for Women in Tech Sweden
Kindred has for the eighth time in a row signed up as Co-Creating Partner to Women in Tech Sweden and will take part in the conference on 17 April in Stockholm. Women in Tech Sweden is a non-profit organisation, supported by some of Sweden’s largest and most influential businesses who share the organisation’s mission to inspire more women to choose and stay in tech. This year’s theme Connect, Create, Innovate is truly supported by Kindred’s values.
“The mission of Women in Tech is to inspire women to choose a career in technology – and to keep those already in the industry which is as equal important. Being a part of this event and supporting this mission is very important for us at Kindred Group. There is a reason why we keep on supporting Women in Tech Sweden – the networking, the conversations and the face-to-face meetings are invaluable and something we at Kindred truly enjoy,” said Prachi Arya, Talent Acquisition Tech Development and Women in Tech-general at Kindred Group.
“It is so important that we do this together, that we long-term prioritize building teams with a higher diversity of perspectives. Because we know that it helps us develop better and smarter services and products. That’s why we are so pleased that Kindred is once again with us as a loyal partner on the journey towards a more inclusive industry,” said Åsa Johansen, Director of Women in Tech.
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