Turkey to fine players that bet with offshore gambling sites

By Bookmakers Review09 June 2013
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Turkey to fine players that bet with offshore gambling sites

A month ago, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet revealed the country's Parliament was to introduce monetary penalties for players that bet with offshore gambling web sites.

In the latest move in the ongoing battle against illegal internet gambling started in 2007, the Turkish Parliament said that players that bet online via unlicensed websites will pay fines of up to 500,000 Turkish Liras. The new piece of legislation the Parliament is working on will also introduce prison sentences for sportsbook and gambling agents as well as for intermediaries that process payments on behalf of foreign gambling operators. Affiliates and media companies promoting illegal internet gambling sites will be punishable with up to three years in prison.

The Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TİB) will be responsible for the creation of a platform preventing user access to a list of prohibited online betting sites, while the Turkish Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) will oversee the payments and in particular will be responsible for preventing the use of Turkish debit and credit cards on illegal betting sites.