Romania: Heavy Fines for Gambling on Blacklisted Websites

The Romanian gambling authority, Oficiul National pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN), has announced earlier this year that they have blacklisted several websites that have been operating without proper licensing. Now they went a bit further and announced that regular citizens that gamble on such blacklisted websites could be fined, according to Romanian news television Digi 24. The fines will be between 5,000 and 10,000 RON (between 1130 and 2260 Euro).

ONJN also extended the initial blacklist with an additional 100 websites. If you are a Romanian gambler you will have to check the ONJN website first, see if your favourite casino or betting operator is on the blacklist or not, and then make the choice whether to gamble there or not. The website is available both in Romanian and in English. The Romanian gambling authority has announced that anyone who uses the unlicensed websites for gambling after September 10th is liable to be fined.

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    cica001

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    last update find here and isnt avalaible in english aproved list http://onjn.gov.ro/approved/ black list http://onjn.gov.ro/lista-neagra/
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    on their "blacklist" you can find the most reputable, playerfriendly casinos at the market. they are licensed in malta, gibraltar etc. I guess that the romanian authorities simply forgot: they have been granted membership to the eu. I just got the impression they are just blacklisting any operation which does not send fakelaki envelopes. the same weird impression i got, when i read about the greek "blacklist".
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    That's the most ridiculous thing Ive ever heard...they will fine the players? what? Glad I don't live there. I totally agree with punishing the blacklisted casino fine them....close them down...but Im sure there are innocent players who may not realise the casino was on the blacklist and played. I don't agree with that move . Attention Romanians you better check your lists.
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    Romanian gambling authority, Oficiul National pentru Jocuri de Noroc, boy that sure is a mouth full. It sounds like they mean business. I just wonder how they will locate a player? Do they not have privacy laws? It seem like they probably don't. I'm very thankful that I don;t live in Romania. If there is a big online presence then these casino sites need to get those credentials before it hurts there pocket books. To all of those who live in Romania and love the online gaming sites, look out and make sure the site you like is not on that list....or you will be depositing your money elsewhere.
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    Wow! That is intense. Here in Denmark if you gamble at an unlicensed online casino you have to pay taxes on the winnings as far as I know there are no other legal sanctions against players. I read this some time ago. But maybe I should research that more carefully...it could be quite important.
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    I just found out (from stirileprotv.ro: http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/50-000-de-romani-risca-amenzi-intre-5-si-10-mii-de-euro-pentru-pariuri-pe-site-uri-interzise-b365-com-intra-pe-lista-neagra.html) that even Bet365.com has been added to the ONJN Blacklist, so Romanian players... be advised!!!
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    First of all, thank you LCB for the news! I am glad to see that none of my favorite online casinos are on this "Blacklist" but some very good casinos have closed their activity for Romanian players and I think the ONJN had, in some way, something to do with this. Some of the notifications I got were something like "new licensing regulations in Romania".
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    Almost same situation here in Greece trying to regulate this chaos market. After 2 years of regulation they have given licence to only dozen casinos and blacklisted many of them. Luckily I am able to play in many casinos that I like since the state is not able to keep track or block all the online casinos. Few online poker sites like Full Tilt and Pokerstars have even reached an aggrement to the state and the Greek players have to pay vast taxes from their own winnings, in result to be unprofitable to play there. I hope they will not start fining the players as they have said in Greece, Romania or any other countries that have same regulations.
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    They won't become legal because they need pay retroactively from 2010 . http://onjn.gov.ro/faq/
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    Nothing like frying the minnows and letting the big fish have no consequences. Fining players and not prosecuting the product provider is a painfully slow way of solving a tax problem.

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