Online casinos are constantly adapting to new regulations

Originally Posted on Wednesday Jul 14 12:04:00 BST 2010

Here in New Zealand online casinos are not allowed to operate with New Zealand shores, so anyone wanting to gamble or play poker online must do so on sites operated from overseas.

Every country around the world has its own rules and regulations regarding online gambling and online casino operators must be aware of new legislation in every country where they have players.  Rules and laws are constantly changing.

For example, gambling laws in France changed very recently.

When France opened up its online gambling markets to businesses operating from overseas, they also decided to impose a 2% tax increase.

Many online casinos decided that they were unwilling to shoulder this tax increase and therefore decided to pass on the increase to their players.  This meant that the rake-off on cash games such as poker went up to 7.7%.

Poker players in France were understandably outraged.

One very innovative way of showing their displeasure was for players to sign up to a poker table as normal but then not actually take part in the game.  This causes great disruption and the protest seems to be spreading.

Site operators say they have lost money since the change in online gambling laws.  However, players seem determined to continue with their protest until the 2% tax is repealed, or not passed on to the players.

As there are no online casinos operating within New Zealand no tax from online gambling is collected by the Government, so this is something, for the time being at least, will not make any difference to Kiwis who are using overseas online casinos.  Nevertheless it is interesting to keep an eye on events in the global online gambling market.  What happens in one country may well happen elsewhere in time.

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