Sweden Closes the Case On Betsson's Online Sports Book

Published Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

Malta based servers were hosting the Betsson internet café in Stockholm Sweden which allowed punters to wager on sports through the Betsson online sports book.
In 2008 the Swedish government's Gaming Board took Betsson to the courts in an effort to have the facility shut down. The court finally has decided that the Betsson internet café was illegal and indeed it has been closed for good.

After a bitter two year legal battle Betsson has lost it's bid for an appeal with the Swedish courts denying the company any recourse to an earlier decision to not allow Betsson to continue operating in Sweden. The highest administrative court in Sweden found that Betsson was in violation of Sweden's gambling laws and demanded that the operation be shut down or face stiff fines if they remained active. Betsson will have the betting shop closed down very soon in order to avoid paying any penalties. 

Sweden’s Lotteries Act is the main reason that the courts were allowed to charge the company. The Act prohibits the promotion of games of chance that take place that happen somewhere other than Sweden.
Swedish group Svenska Spel has an effective gambling monopoly that is local and protected. The country upholds a ban on internet gambling advertising after it was given clearance by the European Court of Justice recently to have the right to prohibit internet gambling advertising in order to protect it's monopolistic gambling operations in the country.

Pontus Lindwall, the president and chief executive officer of Betsson continued to argue that a ban on internet gambling advertising was not the same as actually offering the service to the Swedish public.

Lindwall is still determined to carry on, "Betsson will continue fighting for the Swedish consumer's right to a free choice of games. I'm sure we will look back on this time as a surrealistic period when the Swedish consumers' were withheld from information about a truly free and competitive market,"







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