Ukraine prosecutor investigated for ties to illicit gambling

Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko is under investigation for his alleged ties to illicit gambling operations in the country. It's an unwanted bit of attention for a man whose name is at the center of the political scandal that's rocking the United States of America and could, potentially, bring down the President of the…

Ukraine Cabinet Ministers give thumbs up to gambling bill

The Ukraine has been featured prominently in headlines across the world recently but most of them have glossed right over the big developments in the Ukrainian gambling market. According to a recent report published on CalvinAyre.com, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers recently gave its blessings to an effort to legalize gambling across that troubled land.…

Latvian governent looks to tighten controls on online gambling

Online gambling is alive and well in the Eastern European country. It's a business that's both legal and thriving in the current marketplace. In fact, business for online operators is up nearly 15 percent over last year's numbers. So everything in Latvia is ok, right? Wrong. The Latvian the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of…

Players gonna pay with Romanian deposit tax

Romanian players are finding that their deposits don't go quite as far as they did before the government imposed a two percent tax on deposits. It's an imposition on players that was originally a gift to operators, but is anyone in Romania even paying attention to the new tax - including the Romanian government? At…

Czech Gov't Faces Challenges Collecting from Offshore Gambling

One of the most vexing dilemmas in the online gambling era has been this, how do local governments regulate offshore gaming operations? And how do they actually punish operators who run afoul of their laws when those operators could be based in another country? These are questions that have proven to be nearly impossible to…

Moldova Says 'No' to Gambling Monopoly – Calls in Private Sector

The tiny nation of Moldova, in Eastern Europe, is doing something that most European countries won't, it's divesting itself of its long held gambling monopoly. According to Balkan Insight, the outsourcing project includes everything from slot machines to sports betting and even the national lottery. Under the terms of the new plan, Moldova's government will…

Slovenian Sports Betting Market Opening to Foreign Operators

Slovenian lawmakers are bucking current European political trends by making moves towards opening their sports betting markets to foreign operators. In a proceeding that occurred early last week, the Slovenian National Assembly voted 36-25 to allow operators from European Union countries to apply for Slovenian online sports betting licenses. That market is currently a monopoly…

Slovakian Government Blacklists 10 Gambling Operators

Slovakian government officials have published a blacklist containing the names of ten gambling operators whose sites they are ready to block from the country's punters. It's the most recent move in an effort by the government to crack down on unlicensed foreign operators serving local online gamblers. The names on the list include - 888…

Betfair Pulls Out from Polish Online Gambling Market

Betfair has announced that it will be exiting the Polish online gambling market. The move comes in the wake of a new regulatory scheme for operators that's designed to crush the country's thriving grey market gambling scene. The company's exit comes just days before the Polish government enacts a new set of regulations collectively known…

Favbet Blames Competitor for Hacker Attack

Favbet, an Eastern European focused bookmaker, is reeling from a Christmas Day distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack that company officials say is the work of rival operators. The attack, which was extremely sophisticated and hit on multiple fronts, included a slew of phony e-mails to Favbet's user base. The e-mails said that Favbet would…