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Proposed Regulations for Online Casino Sites

Internationally consistent regulations for online casinos are being brought up again and again in the halls of the British government. Richard Caborn, a UK legislator speaking at the House of Commons, raised the possibility of international restrictions to protect online casino and poker punters. Caborn, whose job is to oversee land-based and online casino gambling, understands the necessity of regulating online gambling, and therefore is pushing the British government to move forward with his proposed plan.

Caborn also stated that his department planned to involve credit card issuers in discussions, in order to ‘see whether we can look at some international regulation whereby we can look at these issues of problem gambling on the Internet.’ He wishes to work with Tessa Jowell, Culture Secretary, to help put together an international summit regarding online casino gambling. Many online casino operators were pleased to hear of this proposal and bombarded the government offices with requests for more information.

Many licensing jurisdictions and private standards bodies, such as eCOGRA, have been exchanging information and views regarding their regulations and systems for quite some time. Important additions to the online casino world of responsible gaming include operations and probity checking requirements, player dispute resolution channels, and the acceptability of outcomes-based gambling software verification. Hopefully, more good will be done regarding online casino sites, to help protect the online gambler.

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.

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