Latvia Temporarily Bars Online Betting

This week the government of Latvia announced that they were temporarily banning online gambling within its borders until the end of the country's lockdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move comes after lawmakers demanded clarity on whether online betting was permitted after the Covid-19 bill stipulated that wagering be halted. The order was issued by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Authority, who dictated that all obligations must be carried out, including paying clients on bets that were successfully made.

The restrictions will last until at least April 14th, although it's likely that we'll see the lockdown extended. There are 533 people that have tested positive for Covid-19 in Latvia, with one person dying thus far. Those numbers will keep increasing in the near future, during which time a decision will be made on the lockdown.

Latvia has regulated online betting, and the country's revenues boomed by 132.8% last year, with casinos and sportsbooks generating €54.7 million in revenues.

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7 April 2020 - 4:41am
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Does this decision impact Evolution Gaming's live dealer suite?

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7 April 2020 - 7:51am
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Evolution Gaming have not announced anything relevant. But they have studios in many different countries (Romania, Spain, Belgium, Malta, Canada etc) so if it did they would most probably be able to cope fine.

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7 April 2020 - 7:58pm
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Yeah I'm pretty sure Evolution Gaming will be fine, as Ed said they have other studios as well. This move does make sense to some extent, let's just see how long the timeframe will be. Another thing for Latvians to cross off their list of home activities for now.

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Are you still able to use casinos hosted outside Latvia blck?

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