Turkey Aims to Ban Illegal Betting Sites

The government of Turkey is introducing a series of amendments to the country's laws that would let the government block illegal gambling sites in the country.

The current verbiage in place only allows the government to block sites that offer illegal activities such as casino games. If the amendments pass through, the ISP blocks could apply to sportsbetting sites that aren't available through the lottery monopoly, which is the only place that can legally facilitate the bets. The current amendment bill has 55 sponsors in the AKP party, but will need support from either the Great Unity Party and Nationalist Movement Party in order to get serious consideration.

Language in the bill reads: "Illegal betting and gambling sites attract organisers of all ages and all economic situations to the criminal network, thereby damaging our social peace and life."

We'll follow this story and let readers know about how the bill advances.

About the author

Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.

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