Bet365 and Bwin.Party to Challenge Romanian Blacklisting? - Update

Bet365 and Bwin.Party to Challenge Romanian Blacklisting? - Update A week later and we still have no clarity as to why the Romanian online gambling regulator revoked licensing and blacklisted Bet365 and other operators even though they’ve paid back taxes and complied with licensing regulations.

This week the regulator warned local players that they could be prosecuted for gambling on unlicensed websites and even went so far as to summon them to their offices to be questioned regarding play on specific sites from September 10th – 30th.

The range of dates fit the timeframe in which the regulator ordered license applicants to cease operations until licenses were issued. It seems that they are searching for proof that certain operators did not comply with its order and continued offering gambling services to Romanian punters in September.

Bet365 may take legal action as the operator claims it has done everything right but Romanian media has reported that some Bet365 players have been fined. Bet365 stands by its position that it has broken no rules and also provided contact numbers where customers can seek advice paid for by the operator.

  • Online gamblers have been called to ONJN about their activity on from the 10'Th to the 30'Th of September. For now the gamblers blame ONJN, ONJN blames for not blocking the acces to Romanian players and so on. Over 50.000 online players are expected to be called to the OUJN headquarters or to receive the fine via mail.
  • The Romanian Gambling Authority's tactics seem much too heavy handed in this case. In Denmark if you play at an unlicensed casino you are not criminally liable, but your winnings are subject to income tax. And the government doesn't harrass individual citizens just for playing at an unlicensed casino. The Romanian way of dealing with this situation is unenlightened and smacks of authoritarianism.
  • This is getting complicated as well as ridiculous. I think that it is very thoughtful for 365Bet to provided contact numbers where customers can seek advice and even pay for it. Now that is an operator that is good to it's players. I think these operators should be able to win this battle with the Romanian government, if they have totally complied and it sounds like they have. Why else would the players be called in and asked about the dates they played at those sites. This is really wrong, IMO, really wrong and it hurts the whole online gambling industry..............

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