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Singapore – Singapore approves new laws to ban proxy betting

Singapore has approved two new pieces of legislation that will see proxy betting and underage gambling criminalised. Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan said: “Casinos will be liable to regulatory action, like financial penalties, if they fail to enforce this. [Proxy betting] should be prohibited as the decision maker (the person located outside…

Macau – Macau’s existing operators praise bill now published by Macau’s Legislative Assembly

Macau’s Legislative Assembly has now published the draft bill amending its casino laws prior to launch of the re-tendering of Macau’s six casino licenses. The language of the bill states that bidding companies must ‘prepare a plan to promote responsible gambling’ and ‘adopt measures that allow the public, including tourists, to have sufficient information for…

China – Macau keeps number of license holders at six but axes junkets and satellites

In the biggest overhaul of Macau’s gaming laws in 20 years, the number of casino licence holders will be kept at six, but the length of the licences will be halved to 10 years. The bill, which has needed a 45-day public consultation period, will now go to the legislature for approval before it becomes…

Brazil – Brazil’s President to veto gambling bill but approval expected anyway

During a lunch with journalists at the Palácio da Alvorada, Brazil’s official residence, President Jair Bolsonaro stated once again that he was against gambling and that he would veto gambling laws now being developed in the House of Deputies. President Bolsonaro hinted that Congress was moving towards legalisation and that it would ultimately approve the bill despite…

Belgium – EGBA hails progress made in strengthening consumer protection rules in online

A new study has found that 10 EU Member States have strengthened their consumer protection rules for online gambling since 2018, including the introduction of new national self-exclusion registers in Czechia, the Netherlands, and Slovenia, but there is significant fragmentation in how Member States implement their consumer protection rules. Consumer protection rules for online gambling…

Brazil – Brazil congressman raises red flag over Federal sports betting licensing

A Brazilian Congressman has asked for more information regarding the granting of federal sports betting licenses.  Deputy Kim Kataguiri put forward a formal request for information expressing his concern that the licensing process may go against the public interest as it might not be open to a public tender.  The schedule was outlined recently by…

UK – Calls to review gambling regulations as loophole sees millions racked up on credit

The UK Government is being urged to review current gambling regulations, as new research reveals consumers are racking up millions on credit cards entering popular prize draws and competitions. The research from Jumbo Interactive found consumers spent £117m on credit cards entering prize draws and competitions in the last year, which due to a loophole,…

Uruguay – Gambling Bill would allow Uruguay’s casinos to offer online gaming

Uruguay’s Executive branch has sent a bill to Parliament that would permit both state run and privately run casinos to offer online casino games including poker roulette and slots. The bill, signed by President Lacalle Pou, would give the General Directorate of Casinos of the Ministry of Economy and Finance authority to run online casino…

Paraguay – Controversy over Paraguay’s gambling regulations worsens

Members of The Association of Gaming Operators (APOJA) met in Asunción to analyze a bill currently in Congress that would change how gambling is regulated by the gambling board. Members of the industry criticized a document which proposes changes to the board and regulations that would allow for slots outside of casinos. They also questioned…