UK government bans online gambling adverts. Well, some of them…

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The UK has always been seen as a fairly friendly market for online gambling – certainly compared to the US, where it’s banned AND they arrest directors of online casinos on sight. But now the UK government has banned over a thousand online gambling sites from advertising here.

It’s nothing to do with the corrupting influence posed to British youth by massive billboards of Caprice (sadly). It’s more about the government not trusting the gambling regulations in certain offshore countries like Costa Rica, the Netherlands Antilles and Belize.

Sites affected (i.e. based in those countries) include Betfred Casino and Littlewoodscasino, although those based in the EU won’t suffer – for example the likes of 888.com and PartyGaming. “I make no apology for banning adverts for websites operating from places that don’t meet our strict standards,” says Culture Media and Sport minister James Purnell.

(via I4U News)

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