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Free Bets to be Banned in Ireland

As part of the proposed regulatory bill, Irish lawmakers will ban the use of free bets and credit card gambling.

Free Bets to be Banned in Ireland
Free Bets to be Banned in Ireland

Ireland’s Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, is moving forward with plans to establish a specific gambling regulator in Ireland. 

As part of the proposed bill, Irish lawmakers will ban the use of free bets and credit card gambling. The bill, which is titled the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation, is said to have been formed by research of the current state of legal gambling in Ireland. 

It is also illegal to penalise players by rejecting bets or lowering winnings, as well as to have an ATM on a permitted gambling establishment. In addition, licensees must prominently disclose terms and conditions to both online and in-person players, including appropriate odds on offer for events.

“The publication of the general scheme is an important milestone towards the effective regulation of gambling in Ireland under the new, independent statutory body – the Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland,” said Browne.

“We all accept that the current legislative framework is fragmented, outdated, lacks a coherent licensing and regulatory approach, and is in need of significant reform. Now is the time to finally address this issue comprehensively, once and for all.”

The bill will soon be sent and presented to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for drafting, and to the Oireachtas Justice Committee for review.

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