Progress Continues on Andorra Gambling Bill

Published January 7, 2015 by Mike P

Progress Continues on Andorra Gambling Bill

Andorra appears set to get its first casino in 2015. Meanwhile, online gambling sites could follow in the second half of 2015.

Although it has a population of just 85,000 (per its 2011 census), Andorra is snatching many headlines when it comes to legislative gambling news. Defined as a European microstate, Andorra is proceeding with legislation that will allow for the tiny principality to build one land-based casino and to also establish an online gambling market.

Despite being separated by many thousands of miles of ocean, Andorra is similar to the US state of New Jersey in that the principality wishes to generate greater revenue to stimulate economic growth. And while that outcome has yet to be realised in New Jersey, Andorra’s small size could allow for the benefits to be yielded earlier.

On an annual basis, Andorra manages to attract more than 10 million tourists. In which case, the addition of a land-based casino will provided a further gem for attracting tourists. At present, many are drawn by the splendid mountain views of the Pyrenees. Geographically, Andorra borders France and Spain.

Online Gambling in Second Half of 2015

Andorra’s gambling legislation was first proposed in 2013, and it has taken until recently for any significant headway to be made. In fact, it was in late 2014 when much of the progress was made. First in the queue appears to be the land-based casino, with the government still working on the laws governing online gambling.

Antoni Riberaygua, a minister within the government, admitted as much, stating that the online gambling regulations are not likely to be announced before the second half of 2015. As such, leading European gambling operators will have to wait patiently ahead of a potential entrance into the Andorran market later in the year.

Online gambling likely has the greater potential for the government, as there will only be a single land-based casino to benefit from, whereas there will be multiple gaming sites.

See also

Singapore May Soon Outlaw Online Gambling

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Pennsylvania's Latest Online Gambling Bill Moves Slightly Forward in the Senate

Online Gambling Ban Approved by House

New Hampshire Online Gambling Bill Gets Another Revival

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