Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism

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Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism
« on: October 24, 2018, 10:26:04 AM »

Earlier this month, Albanian PM Edi Rama announced that all gambling venues will be kicked out of residential areas and onto the outskirts of cities effective December 31st 2018. Rama also strongly warned broadcasters and media to remove all gambling advertising and material within 24 hours or face consequences, including having their operations closed by force.
The government suspended all activities of the Albanian Gambling Commission until December 31st, in order to prepare new bills that will regulate online gambling.
Since then no further details have been provided.
Yesterday, a Parliamentary Commission approved the proposed by Rama legislation to ban retail gambling outlets while adding a clause that will ensure the closure of the nation’s monopoly online betting business. Parliament is expected to vote on the legislation next week.
If no further steps take place, Albania will create a gambling environment similar to Turkey's.
However, the government declares ready for the day after that will include a regulated online and offline gambling environment.
Sali Berisha, who kept office until 2013 interviewed by a local TV station said that Rama’s plan is to leave the monopoly to his brother who co-owns online betting operator BastArena. Also a gambling monitoring body seems to be closely connected to Rama's brother.
On the other hand a representative of gambling companies operating in Albania, in an attempt to bridge the distance, deposited a number of ideas to be implemented, including a 50% shut of gambling shops.
It remains to be seen how far is the Albanian government willing to go and if it opts for a Turkish style of ban or a more liberal approach that several European countries adopted these last 10 years.
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Re: Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 01:01:41 PM »

It seems that more and more countries are restricting gambling. This will give rise to bitcoin bookies in long run.
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Re: Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2018, 11:57:56 AM »

Albania will be an exception for everything and always.
If Rama follows his very close friend Erdogan in regulating gambling, the EU will force him or a future PM to regulate the market again. Albania be longs to Europe and not to Saudi Arabia and Turkey as Rama believes.
Cronyism will always be there no matter if it is Berisha, Rama or anyone else. This is Albania.
A clever gambler knows how to take advantage of situations like this and many times swift changes are working for the clever guys and not for the stupid governments.
In the mean time, Albanians are very inventive and adventurous people and will find their way to gambling freedom like they always did.
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Re: Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 12:42:11 PM »

Yes, but with this move sharbing in albanian bet shops is dead.
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Re: Albania to ban online gambling amidst accusations for cronyism
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 01:12:33 AM »

even all online bookmakers IP s like bet365 betfair william hill etc will be banned
Abcom internet operator banned them since july .
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