Irish Pubs Creating Online Gambling Issues for Punters

Published Sunday, October 01, 2017 -
Irish Pubs Creating Online Gambling Issues for Punters

The regulations for online gambling services in Ireland are being adjusted to include internet betting. Ireland’s gambling industry is currently controlled by laws that date back to 1931 and 1956. The regulatory framework does not provide an adequate set of rules for the regulation of online gambling.

Back in 2013 the Gambling Control Bill was introduced in the legislature with a focus on revamping the nation’s gambling industry. Since then however the country’s main legislative body, has made little progress on the bill’s implementation.  Lawmakers are making noises that they might act soon on the bill.

David Stanton, the Irish Minister of State for Justice, stated last May that he would try to advance the legislative piece so that the bill is voted on by the end of this year. The recent report from the Sunday Times revealed that a number of complaints have come about indicting Irish pub holders are taking illegal bets at their venues, Additionally, it appears that some pub owners have been taking advantage of promotional screens installed by bookmakers.

It is alleged that pub owners have been taking wagers from customers without having authorization to do so. The promo screens provide odds on major sporting events, and encourage punters to place bets at the local retail outlet. Bookmakers and an Irish support group working with problem gambling customers said this creates an issue for problem gamblers.  The risk for the people acting as bookmakers is substantial with fines of up to €150,000 or a sentence of up to five years in jail, if caught.

Chief executive officer of Problem Gambling Ireland, Barry Grant, said he had come across at least half a dozen cases of gambling addicts that relapsed due to the availability of gambling facilities in local pubs.

“We have had clients and service users bring this up, particularly in rural areas, where we are talking about relapse prevention,” commented Mr.Grant.


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