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Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority Issues Stern Warning to Unlicensed Operators
The Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority has put all unlicensed operators on notice. According to the gambling watchdog, all unlicensed operators will have their websites blocked if they continue offering online gambling services without valid permits.
Unlicensed Online Gambling Operators Risk Closure by Regulator
Online gambling operators in Lithuania must hold valid permits or licenses to offer gambling services in the jurisdiction. According to the gambling regulator, all operators running in the jurisdiction without a license will have their websites blocked. The regulator also said the operators will be termed as illegal.
All blocked operators are added to the authority’s blacklist of illegal and unlicensed operators. The list of domains is growing with big-name brands already included, such as Marathonbet and 188 Bet. Securing a relevant license to offer online gambling services is the only way an operator can clear its name from the blacklist.
The Control Authority also released a statement in line with these laws. In the statement, the regulator advised all operators offering online gambling services to review their remote gambling activities in the jurisdiction. The regulator also asked these operators to ensure that their services are not accessible to Lithuanians. The laws of Lithuania authorize the Gaming Control Authority to take action on operators flouting the Gaming Law.
The Gaming Control Authority Strikes with Fines
The warning fired by the Lithuanian regulator comes after UAB Tete-a-Tete Casino, the operator behind the CBet brand, was slapped with a €15,000 fine. This was after the gambling platform was found to have set betting limits on an online player without issuing objective reasons.
According to remote gambling regulations in the jurisdiction, an operator cannot impose betting restrictions on a player without a clear breach of regulations. The fine issued in March marked the first cracking of the whip by the Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority since the country’s Gambling Act allowed the imposition of economic sanctions on gambling operators.
In another instance, Cbet’s employee was found to have breached the national rules on gambling advertising. An investigation found out that the employee breached these rules in November 2019. In these rules, gambling advertising is only restricted to displaying the name, its trademarks, and the different gambling services offered.
In this case, the illegal ads were placed on a pro-basketball information and news website known as Krepšinis.net. The investigation found the site hosting gambling ads laden with animated backgrounds and slogans that featured promotional bonuses.
The Lithuanian regulations prohibit such actions. As a result, the Vilnius City District Court ruled that the employee responsible for putting up the ads be fined €1,500.