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An Online Casino Future in Ireland

Ireland could be the place for the next big land-based and online casino boom. The gambling sector in Ireland is expanding at a quick pace, but it is doing so under unclear conditions. Because the government has not drawn up or passed any legislation regarding brick and mortar or online casinos, the gambling scene in Ireland has been operating far away from the mainstream. Additionally, the subject of online casino gambling won’t be far off once legislation begins to take place.

Technically speaking, online casinos and land-based casinos are illegal in Ireland under the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act. However, by applying for planning permission to open what are known as ‘private members’ clubs’, people with a fondness for trying their luck on cards and chips can do so, but in seedy, out-of-the-way places. All this could change very soon, as the opening of Dermot Desmond’s Sporting Emporium has made some waves. The future for online casino gambling and land-based casinos could rest on the success of this establishment.

Dermot Desmond, one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen, opened the posh private members’ club. The establishment covers 12,000 square feet which also includes a Chronicle Bookmakers outlet. All online casino and land-based casino favorites are offered for play in the state-of-the-art casino, as well as complimentary drinks and sports action coming from several television screens. ‘We saw an opportunity in the market and we’ve decided to move it to a higher plane,’ said Martin Moore, who manages the Sporting Emporium. ‘There is now a serious demand for this type of club and we’re confident that our facilities will take the enjoyment for players to a new level.’ The Sporting Emporium and other key factors could bring legal change as well as online casino gambling and brick and mortar casinos to Ireland.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.