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   Sunday, March 03 2024 
A blacklist of more than 40 sites by the online gaming regulator - Latvia

The regulatory authority of online gambling in Latvia has just released against all odds a blacklist of operators which will no longer can offer their services to players residing in Latvia. Less known in the online gambling market, Latvia is nevertheless one of the European countries that legalized online gambling including poker for several years. Latvia has legalized online gambling in 2003, but the market was reserved for local operators. The Latvian market is open to foreign operators since 2011 following the new regulations published by the European Union on online game. In 2013, the Department of Supervision of Lotteries and Games of Latvia distributed 17 licenses. Since then, more than 160 online gambling sites have obtained licenses in the country but only a few have games in local languages.

Last July, the president of the French Regulatory Authority of online games (Arjel) Charles Coppolani and his Latvian counterpart Signe Birne met in Paris to discuss the various actions that both regulators will implement to protect players and fight against the illegal supply in both countries. In early August, the Department of Supervision of Lotteries and Games of Latvia issued a blacklist of more than 40 sites with names in .com, .eu and .net that are prohibited to offer their games on the Latvian market including several online poker rooms: Bwin, Pokerstars, Unibet, Full Tilt Poker, 888, Bet365, Betfair, WilliamHill Triobet, Betsafe, 888games, 888play, Expekt, Spinpalace Casino, Betsson, CasinoEuro, ...

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