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Cyprus Planning Online Poker Ban

Draft Legislation Banning Online Poker Approved in Cypriot Parliament

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Cyprus plans to ban online pokerCyprus is planning to ban online poker according to Cyprus-Mail.com.

Draft legislation, which includes a ban on online poker and casinos, has received unanimous approval in the Cypriot parliament and will now be submitted for approval to EU Commission.

The government has decided not to go down the route of France and Italy and licence online gaming in the country.

Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis is quoted in the report as saying, “It would be an oxymoron to legally allow the operation of dozens of online casinos in Cyprus in the shape we have today and not allow the creation of a real casino.

“With this decision the government remains consistent with its initial position that it is against the creation of (real) casinos and online casinos for social and other reasons.”