Lithuania Fines Olympic Casino

The Lithuania Gambling Supervisory Authority has announced that it has issued a fine to UAB Olympic Casino Group Baltija for violating advertising laws, giving the operator a €25,000 penalty.

The operator was found to have information on its website about how people could watch live sports through the Setanta Sports service, but also was encouraging those people to also gamble on sports. The advertisement included verbiage on how customers can make deposits and withdrawals to Olympic Casino, while also featuring the text "Be part of the game".

The regulator found the promotional activity was in violation of Article 10, Paragraph 19 of the Law on Gambling of the Republic of Lithuania. This was due to the information provided not being free and instead being used to draw attention to the casino product, which makes it advertising. Because it induced gambling, it was in breach of regulations.

The company has been fined two other times this year. In March it was fined for publishing information about a poker tournament, while in May it was fined after using promotional slogans that induced gamblers to play. Both of those fines were also €25,000.

Olympic Casino has the right to appeal the fine, and the regulator said that the decision isn't final. No comment from the company was available at press time.

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23 November 2022 - 11:44am

It's unfortunate but at least those fines aren't massive, considering we've seen much higher fines for other operators in other markets.

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