Russia Investigating Regulated Online Poker

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 -
Russia Investigating Regulated Online Poker

Online poker is played in almost every country whether it is legal or not the internet provides the link to poker rooms and players find a way around restrictions if they are imposed. Russia has been pushing for the extinction of online gambling and has more or less removed gambling from the country except for the designated regions set up by the government.

Recently the Russian business daily news source Kommersant quoted government insiders which said that First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov had given the Ministries of Finance, Justice and Economic Development the onerous task of looking into the potential outcomes if online poker was to be regulated in Russia. It was confirmed that the Minister has given the investigating parties until the twenty first of July to submit their conclusions.

Lobbying efforts by Kakha Kakhiani, president of the country’s Poker Union, seem to have gotten through to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov as was reported by the RAPSI news agency. Russian officials have blacklisted a number of international operators, including online gambling icons PokerStars, and PartyPoker. It was suggested that Shuvalov was also influenced by respectable showings by Russian nationals at some international live poker events.

Poker has been prohibited in Russia since 2009 during the casino removal program which was thriving and poker had respectable status as a registered sport. A government poll launched in 2013 revealed that 42 percent of the population looked at poker playing as a game for intellectuals. Twenty five percent of Russians though that poker was something unsavory played by unconventional people. Fifty two percent voted that the people should have the right to have access to poker while 24 percent thought otherwise.

The parliament of Russia recently passed legislation requiring all personal data on the population of the country to be stored in Russia. It is thought this bill which comes into effect in 2016 will have repercussions for many online services including Google and Facebook.




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