Italy Issues Online Gambling Licenses

Published November 24, 2010 by OCR Editor

Italy Issues Online Gambling Licenses

Online gambling market in Italy opens to foreign online casinos increasing competition.

The Italian online gambling market has grown to be one of the biggest in Europe since being legalized in 2007. However, it was somewhat of a closed shop until now. Thankfully the Italian law surrounding online gambling recently underwent a number of changes and as a result Italian players will soon enjoy access to a greater number of authorised online casinos and sportsbooks.

Legal Foundation

Such a move was precipitated by the European Commission which found that the old laws violated EU rules on the freedom to provide services. This is welcome news for Italian players as they will now have the choice of a wider number of online casinos and enjoy the benefits that are brought by fierce competition among gambling operators.

Under the new licensing regime, foreign gambling companies will have the opportunity to apply for a gaming license from the Italian Gaming Authority to operate in Italy and be able to offer their services to Italian residents.

Italian Gamblers Interest

License holders will be subject to the supervision of Italian authorities. These additional obligations are in the interest of all players as it will protect vulnerable consumers, prevent problem gambling and fraudulent activities.

Due to internet filters blocking access to non-licensed gaming websites, Italian players will only be able to access online casinos which have been given the green light of approval from the Italian Gaming Authority. This will great minimize, if not totally prevent, the chance that Italian players will fall victim to rogue online casinos.

Information in Italian

To follow the status of online gambling in Italy and find reviews of licensed online casinos in Italy, visit Online Casino Reports Italy.

See also

Online Gambling Updates in Europe: Greece, Italy and Russia

European Court Questions Italy Gambling Laws

WSOP to Launch Italy Online Poker Network

Bet365, Others Ready for German Online Gambling

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