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Italian Government Takes Steps to Stop Online Casino Sites

The online casino scene in Italy does not seem to be gaining any favor in the eyes of government officials, who are strictly against online gambling. The Italian government is still not considering legalizing online casinos or finding ways to give online casino sites more legitimacy in Italy. So far, the government has banned a few sites which refused to comply with domestic laws and only allowed those with formal authorization to operate online.

So why is the Italian government so adamant about erasing online casino sites from the minds, and computers, of its citizens? Of the many reasons given, the main ones relay back the typical concerns – to safeguard consumers, public order, and the competitive system. The government is also trying to go so far as to obscure online casino sites not legal or authorized, according to the Italian government, through an ISP level filter so Italian online casino fans will not be able to connect to them.

Online casino sites found at ISP providers not complying with the law will be fined 30,000 to 180,000 euros (US $35,000 to $210,000). All of the new laws will be implemented beginning February 24th, 2006. It seems that many online casino fans will be unable to visit their favorite online casino sites or online gambling venues. This will probably continue until Italy decides that the online casino industry is simply too big to stop. But if that never happens, then gamblers will have to find other outlets to roll the dice.

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.