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Italy Considering Banning Poker TV, Radio Ads

Some Lawmakers Think Such Promotions Should Be Illegal

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Some lawmakers in Italy are considering a ban on gambling advertisements that appear on TV and radio, according to reports.

The amendment to a government finance bill has already passed the Senate.

The lawmaker behind the proposal is Riccardo Nencini. Those in favor of it cite gambling as being an addictive activity. Italy has a murky regulated online poker industry, one which has been on the decline.

This past fall, a European court issued a preliminary ruling that Italy cannot legally block some gambling sites from accessing its 61 million person population.

Critics for Italy’s practice reportedly think that the country was simply trying to protect its “€2 billion gambling monopoly, belonging to the Italian state and a few authorized private partners,” according to a report from Malta Today.