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Ireland Jurisdiction News

This Week in Gambling: DraftKings, FanDuel merger implodes
The anticipated merger between fantasy giants FanDuel and DraftKings has officially been called off. Also, J. Todd is covering stories from Calvin Ayre and Ireland.

Annexio moves into Ireland
The Isle of Man-based lottery betting operator has obtained a license to operate in the country.

Irish Poker Open announces €500K Main Event
The 2017 festival will take place from 27 March to 3 April at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

SIS to become sole provider of race day data to online market
The company has exited licensing agreements with other providers of its horse and greyhound racing data to the online bookmaker industry and will now be the sole supplier of core race day data for Irish and U.K. horse racing and greyhound racing.

Top 10 reasons to legalize sports betting
Last month saw the 24th anniversary of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protecting Act -- not exactly a cause for celebration. Casino City lists the top ten reasons to overturn the ban, as suggested by the American Gaming Association.

Coral launches Digital Sports Tech's player proposition bets
The provider's Player Bets brand will enable customers to create and customize their own bets on player performance in real time.

Inspired extends partnership with Paddy Power
The company will continue to supply its virtual sports products to customers across the U.K. and Ireland under the terms of an exclusive deal.

SIS signs exclusive deal with Mauritius Turf Club
The supplier will deliver coverage and fixed-odds prices for 300 races to U.K. retail and online customers.

This Week in Gambling: California online poker dead for 2016
This week in gambling, the online poker bill for California has been shelved for 2016, leaving online poker players to wait for next year. Plus, online gambling news from Ireland and the Olympics, as well as the Philippines and online gambling.

iAffiliates presents new promotion
From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, affiliates can compete against one another in order to gain points to get a chance at winning a luxury vacation.

BTC goes live with Inspired's virtual sports
Bookmakers Technology Consortium has begun providing virtual sports games to players in the U.K. and Ireland.

Northern Lights Casino introduces NRVNA
The casino has added NetEnt's outer space-themed slot and now accepts players from seven new countries.

SIS pens deal with Svensk Galopp
Swedish thoroughbred racing will be broadcast to the U.K. and Ireland for the first time.

25c bet on lotto results gives handsome win
Instead of playing the Lotto Plus 1 draw, a player bet on the results of the draw and made a much larger profit.

Tote Ireland partners with Colossus Bets to offer partial cash-out
The Irish operator plans to add Colossus Bets' partial cash-out technology to its horse racing pools.

EveryMatrix obtains online betting license in Ireland
EveryMatrix is one of the first recipients of the new Remote Bookmaking Betting Operations license established upon the passage of the Gambling (Amendment) Act 2015 on Aug. 1.

A Bet A launches roulette game in Ireland
The betting systems provider has teamed up with Betting Data Services to bring the new game, Roula Roula, to its retail clients for a year for free.

Betway launches new TV campaign for 2015/16 football season
The 'Bring the Game to Life' campaign airs across the U.K. and Ireland and consists of 30-second and 40-second spots.

Ireland: Higher chance winning lotto than being attacked by a shark
Lottery ups ball count to 47 and lessens likelihood of a win to one in 10,737,573.

Ireland: Lotto ticket prizes raised
Cost of a lottery ticket rises in Ireland amid criticism that price hike was caused by privatisation.

PokerStars receives sports betting license in Ireland
The Remote Bookmaker's Licence will allow PokerStars to offer sports betting services to Irish customers in addition to the poker and casino games it currently offers under its Malta license.

Lucky punter hits hot bet at Cheltenham
One intuitive punter hit a massive win of €169k in a series of bets on Cheltenham racing festival.

Ireland to introduce online betting tax
The Betting Amendment Bill is expected to be introduced by Finance Minister Michael Noonan shortly in Ireland.

Ireland: Lottery now in private ownership
National Lottery in Ireland is now owned by a private company Premier Lotteries Ireland.

Ireland: Zynga loses $50 million despite revenue rise
Zynga Ireland sees pre tax loss of $50.79 million, caused by asset and investment issues.

Perspectives Weekly: Barton bill is back
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) has introduced his Poker Freedom Act once again, but what are the odds of passage this time? Also, industry news from Caesars Entertainment, Full Tilt Poker and Ireland.


Ireland began hosting online gaming sites in 2003. The first online bookmaking sites were launched in 2004. Ireland's bookmakers operate internet-based services under the terms of their bookmaking licenses. The National Lottery may be played via digital TV, phone and internet. Gambling winnings in Ireland are currently tax-free, but a 2% tax is collected on sports bets.

In March 2009, the National Lottery began offering instant win and draw games online.

Most of the online gaming done by players in Ireland occurs at offshore sites, which provide a better tax structure for operators, so there are no tax revenues going to Ireland or consumer protections under Irish law.

In an effort to capture the lost tax revenue and provide more consumer protections, Ireland has been attempting, with little success, to amend its gaming laws.

Ireland's Betting (Amendment) Bill 2012 was published and is expected to be the framework used to amend the existing Betting Act, 1931. The bill stipulates that any bookmaker accepting bets from Irish residents will need to obtain an Irish betting license. Bookmakers accepting online bets who are based inside or outside Ireland and take in more than EUR 200,000 or 10% of their total turnover online are required to obtain a "remote bookmaker's" license. Betting exchanges will be required to get a "remote betting intermediary's license." New licenses and license renewal fees will cost EUR 5,000 each. Unlicensed bookmakers can face criminal charges, with fines up to EUR 150,000 for a first offense and EUR 250,000 for subsequent offenses, and possible prison sentences of up to five years. If adopted, the Betting (Amendment) Bill would impose a 1% tax on all bets, as well.

The bill failed to make it onto the parliamentary calendar in 2013, but the Irish government finally passed the Gambling 2015 in April 2015 and opened up licensing to gambling operators. Ireland began taxing operators on 1 August 2015.

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