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Lebanese Government Blocks Online Betting Sites

The government of Lebanon has announced that it has begun blocking online betting operators that provide action in their country, supporting the country's sole land operator Casino du Liban.

The blockade of the betting sites began in June, with the first sites seeing access being cut off. The action was reported in the Lebanese Blog Baladi, and has been confirmed by the country's Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui.

Currently, the most prominent sites that have been blocked include: Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker, bet365, William Hill, Betfair, Bwin.Party, and 888.

The law that allows for the blocking of the web casinos is Decree 6919 of 1995. That law effectively made Casino du Liban a monopoly by the government. In order to block out online betting operators, a Lebanese Judge ruled that the law effectively outlawed the betting sites, even though online casinos were barely in existence at that time.

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