GAMING: Bookmakers Warn Gaming Act Means Croatian Lottery Monopoly

The Association of Bookmakers (USK) is against the proposed amendments to the Gaming Act, which prohibit gaming enterprises from receiving bets on lottery games. USK perceives the planned amendments as the government’s way to strengthen the role of Croatian Lottery at the expense of private enterprises. The association’s secretary, Marina Habus, said bookmakers do not organise or prepare lotteries, but betting on sports events, thus permitting betting on what numbers will be drawn in lotteries organised by the Croatian Lottery.

Therefore, denying private businesses that opportunity is discriminatory and leads to a monopoly. It would also put domestic gaming companies in an unfavourable position compared to international online gaming companies who, according to USK, are conducting their business illegally in Croatia and, hence, do not contribute to the state budget. The cross border nature of online gaming is global controversy, including Croatia…

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