William Hill Online Gambling Withdraws From Czechia

Published Friday, December 30, 2016 - Online-Casinos.com
William Hill Online Gambling Withdraws From Czechia

The U.K. online gambling operator William Hill has withdrawn its gaming services from the Czech Republic which is part of the European Union. On the 14th of  April 2016, the country's political leadership agreed to make Czechia the official short name of the Czech Republic.

WIlliam Hill removed its business just before the new set of online gambling laws is expected to go into effect. The latest regulatory developments are going to be imposed as of January the first 2017. William Hill customers and affiliates were informed via email that the operators products and services will no longer be available in the jurisdiction.


Once the regulations come into force gambling operators, will be required to obtain new online gambling agreements from the Czechia authorities to be able to continue operations aimed at the residents of the nation. The door is not necessarily closed for the international online gambling operator which may obtain a new license to provide services and products to Czech punters.  

William Hill’s affiliates, received an e mail communication that provided hope and confidence that it still will have the opportunity to work with them in the future.


The government has plans to keep illegal gambling operators out of the market by demanding Czech internet services providers block the gambling websites of unlicensed enterprises. The proposed move has angered much of the public that feel the censorship will spill over into other realms. Even the international activist network Anonymous has hacked Czech government departments and elected officials as a protest against what is considered online censorship.


Recently the Czech Ministry of Finance decided to prohibit licensed operators from offering their live-dealer casino products in the jurisdiction.

International Online gambling operators have stayed away from the Czech market primarily because of high taxation rates and licensing fees. There are less than a dozen online sports betting and so called card game licensed operators in the country which are predominantly locally-based operators.


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