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International QQWIN99 News

 

It’s been awhile since we have done a flag-waving round up of poker news around the globe. Let’s take a look and see just how the various elected guardians of morality and fair play are treating our favorite game.

frenchflagFrance: Online-poker advertising in France will disappear, for now, after the inaction of a law calling for a minimum fine of €30,000 for any foreign-based online gambling within the country. This is, of course, a direction violation of EU trade guidelines but that has not slowed down the French anti-poker forces at all.

SwedishVlagSweden: They are going the “protect the public” route in Sweden. Again in violation of the EU open trade rules and in direct opposition to the well known Swedish rule of law that holds that people do not need to be protected from themselves. The underlying problem here is that Sweden has online poker but its a state-run monoply (Svenska Spel) and they want the revenue to flow exclusively to the government as long as they can hold off challenges from other EU states. Interesting that protection is not needed from the government gaming site but only from others.

maltaflagMalta: Some good news, Malta is gaining population …