Irish lawmakers consider gambling ad ban

Lawmakers from the Irish Labour Party are putting forth a bill that would ban nearly every form of gambling advertising on the Emerald Isle. It's a radical idea that would hobble licensed operators, open the door for black market gaming, and - fortunately - may not have enough support to pass into law. The effort…

Survey says: the people of Northern Ireland want online gambling

Is regulated online gambling on its way to Northern Ireland? If it was up to the people of Northern Ireland, then the answer yes. Oh, and they'd also like the opportunity to freely gamble at land-based casinos on Sundays if that'd be all right with everyone. Those are just a couple of the conclusions that…

Northern Ireland discusses public gambling ad ban (and the public supports it)

The government of Northern Ireland is seriously considering a series of laws that would seriously limit gambling advertising in public spaces. It's an ambitious move that's being backed both by Sin Fein, as well as a plurality of the people of Northern Ireland. Both online and land-based operators would be impacted by the proposed rule…

24 hours into re-opening Ireland’s bookmaker biz shuts back down

The luck of this Irish was definitely not with Irish bookmakers this week as the flip-flopped from pandemic closure to joyous reopening and back to closure - all in the course of just 24 hours. The Irish bookmaker's shocking back-and-forth started last week when a number of shops believed they had the all clear to…

Irish bookmakers shut down to mitigate Covid-19 spread

The Irish Bookmakers Association is taking one for the team by voluntarily closing down the "vast majority" of retail betting shops until March 29. The effort from the industry is part of a worldwide effort to slow the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus that's currently taking an ugly human and financial toll across the…

Ireland proposes new, higher limits for gaming machines

The government of Ireland is getting ready to change up the laws governing how much players can risk and win on gaming devices (more commonly known fixed-odds betting terminals in other countries). But rather than lowering the stakes and payouts, as has been done in England, the Irish authorities are actually looking at raising them.…

Irish lawmakers aim for lottery betting ban

Irish lawmakers are considering imposing a ban on gambling products that allow players to wager on the outcome of a lottery, whether it's in Ireland, or anywhere else. Irish bookmakers, the ones who've been providing exactly that kind of product to players for more than a quarter of a century, aren't so sure that's a…

Ireland eyeballs new regulatory authority for gambling

Lawmakers in Ireland are busy at work creating a new regulatory body that will oversee the nation's gambling industry.It's a move that's been a long time coming, but is still a long ways from becoming a reality. Ireland's vision for an authority to oversee the gaming is spelled out in a new report titled, Inter-Departmental…

New report supports Irish digital lottery operators

Digital lottery operators got a rare, and much-needed, boost from a University College Dublin economist Jim Power who says that their business model presents, "no meaningful threat" to national lotteries. Power presented his findings in a report titled, An Assessment of the Online Gambling Market in Ireland, which was funded by the the European Lotto…

Irish Sports Betting World Prepares for Tax Apocalypse

Across Ireland, employees of the Irish-facing sports betting industry are prepping for an impending tax increase that bookmakers are calling, "apocalyptic". The new tax regulations, which are set to take effect in 2019, will effectively double the amount of taxes bookies pay to the government. According to the Irish Examiner, Finance Minister Pascal Donohoe is…