It is important to note that the impact of decisions made by gambling regulatory bodies can vary depending on the region and industry. However, here are ten impactful decisions made by gambling regulatory bodies in recent years:
1. United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) banning credit card gambling: In 2020, the UKGC banned the use of credit cards for gambling, aiming to reduce problem gambling and protect vulnerable individuals.
2. Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) imposing stricter regulations: In 2019, the Swedish regulator implemented stricter regulations on gambling activities, including new limits on bonuses and enhanced player protection measures.
3. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) blocking illegal offshore gambling websites: The ACMA has been focused on blocking unlicensed offshore gambling operators from accessing the Australian market, protecting consumers from unregulated platforms.
4. Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) revising gaming license requirements: The MGA introduced new regulations in 2021, requiring operators to demonstrate their player protection measures and responsible gambling initiatives to maintain their licenses.
5. Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) allowing cashless wagering: NGCB allowed casinos to adopt cashless wagering systems in 2020, promoting convenience and reducing concerns related to handling physical currency during the pandemic.
6. New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) approving esports betting: In 2020, the DGE approved betting on esports events, recognizing the growing popularity of competitive gaming and expanding the gambling market.
7. California Gambling Control Commission regulating sports betting: In November 2020, California passed Proposition 22, which authorized the state legislature to regulate sports betting, potentially opening up a significant market for sports gambling.
8. The Netherlands Remote Gambling Act (KOA): After years of anticipation, the Netherlands introduced the KOA in 2021, allowing online gambling operators to obtain licenses and legally operate in the country’s regulated market.
9. French National Gaming Authority (ARJEL) increasing online poker liquidity: In 2018, ARJEL signed an agreement with gambling regulators from Spain, Italy, and Portugal to share online poker liquidity, creating larger player pools and increasing the attractiveness of the market.
10. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) legalizing online casino gambling: In 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth state in the US to legalize and regulate online casino gambling, expanding the options available to Pennsylvania residents and increasing tax revenues.