Ireland Will Ban Free Bets for Gambling

The Irish government is working on banning free bets and credit card usage for gambling as the country gears up to get a gambling regulatory body for the first time.

The changes were included in the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation and was introduced by James Brown TD, who serves as the country's Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration. The bill would also set out the rules for the regulator, including governing rules for them.

In addition to the restriction of free bets or offering credit, operators cannot be penalized for turning down bets. ATMs are also not allowed to be on-site at gambling locations.

Licensees must also include warnings on risks of gambling, and need to be displayed on all screens, on receipts, dockets, and more.

Operators that don't adhere to these terms would be subject to fines, and in repeat failures, operators could lose their license. The max fine listed is €20 million or 10% of annual revenue.

The next step for the bill is to have it sent to Office of Parliamentary Counsel before being sent to the Oireachtas Justice Committee for review.

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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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24 October 2021 - 11:09am

It really does seem that almost every country will become a regulated market. I can understand some restrictions, but not sure if banning free bets altogether is necessary.

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