Bet365 Attempts to Lift Romanian License Suspension Fail

It seems that bet365’s Romanian license suspension will stick, at least for now, as the operator failed in a Bucharest Court of Appeal.

A strange decision from the Romanian National Gambling Office’s (ONJN) saw bet365 added to its online gambling blacklist back in October 2015. There was a previous issue of the operator owing approximately €30 million in back taxes, which it paid and was subsequently granted a Romanian license only to have the authority suspend it. The reasons behind this decision were unclear and ONJN began slapping Romanian residents with fines for continued play at the site.

The Romanian media revealed that bet365 had apparently failed to comply with an order requiring all operators with pending applications to cease operations in the country from September 11 and October 10, 2015, however bet365 claims it “at all times acted in compliance” with requirements.

In addition to paying millions in back taxes, the legal costs are on the rise. bet365 is adamant that the suspension is unrelated to it failing to stop operating in Romania last year while its license was pending. Despite this, the regulator moved forward with the suspension, fines and blacklisting, which the operator has referred to as discriminatory and corrupt actions.

The company intends to take this further with yet another attempt in Appeals court. There is speculation that the actions taken against bet365 are the result of encouragement from local competitors fearful of bet365’s strong presence in the market but this is nothing more than speculation.



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    jakablazic

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    Balkan business. Whoever doesn't live in this part of the world will be surprised with the way this story develops. However something similar could happen in Croatia because more and more people bet online not in local betshops. The reason is obvious, big taxes. When you place 100e bet, there is one tax- 5% is took of you and it is like you placed bet on 95e. That was acceptable but next one wasn't. They are taking another 10% on winning part of the bet. Let's say you placed a 100e on 2.00 odds. Your potential winning will be 180.5e (100-5% of 100 x 2.00 is 190, and in that case you won 190-95=95 and they are taking 10% of that 95e that are won and that is 9.5e...190-9.5=180.5). That is really bad.
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    is my strictly opinion ,can be wrong but i suppose they was forced to pay pay or jail or other bad things
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    cmm2

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    Why are bet365 trying to target a poor country like Romania.
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    yes but Bet365 paid for licence and 5 years back for activity players and still not have right to activate in Romania
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    Bet 365 is still THE BEST Sportsbook so it's a big loss for the Romanian punters that they don't have an access to it's products. Hopefully they will find a solution and will be back in Romania which will be win/win/win situation if I can say it that way, not only players and the company will benefit if that happens but local government as well because of the taxes.
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    i don't understand why there were problems only with Bet365. There were hundreds of sites which did not pay anything and that was ok. I don't agree sites need to pay 5 years back for Romanian players activity. they should start from zero.
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    After being treated like that I wouldn't bother with that market. They got a raw deal after complying and paying the taxes , Id sever ties , sry to the players but I wouldn't want that to happen again . This isn't a good way to bring new business , Im sure other establishments are leary now , not wanting same thing to happen.
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    It surprise me that bet365 is still willing to fight for the Romanian market after seeing what is going on. The decision of the ONJN might be the result of corruption but the decision of the Bucharest Court of Appeal is a major number and if there is corruption too, pure Romanian players.
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    No need for Romania to put out the welcome mat for outside operators. This is certainly no way to make friends and influence people. We all know that most politicians are greedy and self serving and this is yet, just another example. Down the line, these actions will have other outside operators reconsidering the advantage / disadvantage ratio in going to Romania. Although local gambling operators will see this as a victory, because of their alleged involvement, Romanian customers may question the local sites integrity, honesty and worthiness of their patronage.
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    It's entire possible that Bet365 hasn't obtained a new license for operating in Romania and got Blacklisted because of "local competitors fearful of bet365". I read an article that Bet365 will try to help with legal advice online players that got fined for playing at their online casino and that's saying something about them! And another thing... I don't believe that in Romania there is "discrimination" and/or "corrupt actions" :))). Everywhere else but in Romania :) Good Luck Bet365 in the future!

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