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   Monday, April 22 2024 
France’s ARJEL is likely behind their online poker blacklists - Latvia and Singapore

Poker enthusiasts in Latvia and Singapore feel helpless facing the would-be stranglehold of France’s online gaming regulator, ARJEL, on the decision leading both countries to update their respective gambling blacklist. As a reminder, a delegation composed of Latvia’s gambling regulator officials visited France last July to discuss with French counterpart, ARJEL. The focus of the meeting would be an exchange of experience on the field. Barely one week later, Latvia's Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection (IUAUI) released its newly updated national gambling blacklist. The announcement was published right on the homepage of every gambling site involved in the matter. A month earlier, on Thursday June 5, 2014, a Singaporean delegation had had a meeting with ARJEL officials. Surprisingly enough, on Tuesday, October 7, the Singapore Parliament launched the second debate on the famed “Remote Gambling Bill”, a legislation which, once approved, would ban definitely all gaming/gambling providers from the country.

ARJEL officials denied the hypothesis by noting that Singapore’s gambling regulator had already planned to take these initiatives prior to the meeting, the purpose of which was to share experience in terms of gambling regulation policies. Indeed, Singapore is poised to take a big step forward to track down illegal land-based and online gambling rooms. The legislation targeting online poker and other gambling sites appears to be harsh insofar as those who would try to illegally operate gambling activities would be severely fined. According to Mr. S Iswaran, Singapore’s Prime Minister, second Minister of Interior and second Minister of Trade and Industry, only poker and casino sites having state-issued licenses are allowed to legally operate within the country.

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