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   Saturday, April 13 2024 
A new bill on online gaming will be presented to Parliament in July 10 - Portugal

Back in October 2013, the Portuguese government announced the establishment of a working group to study online gaming in Portugal for three months, and at European Union level. Eight months after the announcement, online gaming regulation in Portugal has taken a significantly big step. Actually the Ministry of Economics has just finished the final draft of a new national online gaming law. The new draft law essentially aims at legalizing and regulating online poker, sports bettings and other online gaming. This law will eventually be discussed in Parliament by July 10 following two other unsuccessful attempts in November 2013 and last February.

During the Government conference last week, the Minister of the Presidency and Parliamentary Affairs, Luis Marques Gudeses, mentioned the presence of this bill. He affirmed he would attend the July 10 Parliament session, a great opportunity for him to discuss and vote before the summer break. The online gaming bill is modeled on current gaming laws in some European countries such as Italy, Spain and France where poker and other online gambling services are all regulated. An online gaming authority, controlled by the State, like France’s Gaming Regulatory Administration ARJEL, will be established to grant licenses to operators and regulate online gambling market in Portugal. May we remind you that the regulation of online gaming is part of the Government ambitious project to boost Portugal’s tax revenues.

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