Regulation

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Casino regulation in Ireland: While the GLAI is fully supportive that a suitable regulatory framework be put in place, it is imperative that our sector is properly represented during this process so as to ensure that casino regulation is appropriate and commercially viable for all operators. Consequently, the GLAI continues to engage extensively with policy makers on all aspects of proposed casino regulation.

Proposed regulatory framework for the gaming sector:

We are advised that Cabinet approval is pending for a new framework to regulate the gaming and casino sector in Ireland.
It is our understanding that casino regulation in Ireland would be based on a licencing regime similar to the UK model.
Initial indications are that casinos will be modest in size in a regulatory environment.
Operators will not be permitted to provide credit to customers.
Pre-application conditions will apply, for example background checks, appropriate planning permission & tax clearance certificates.
A key aspiration of any proposed casino regulatory system is to create a facility that will ensure universal compliance with all self-exclusion requests and involuntary suspensions.

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulation:

In accordance with the provisions of this new legislation, all Private Member Gaming Clubs (PMGCs) will be obliged to register with the AML Unit in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.
The inclusion of PMGCs as “Designated Bodies” in the 2010 AML legislation does not enhance their current legal status.
Legal obligations in the new legislation will include: customer due diligence (CDD); appropriate staff training; appropriate procedures manual; player tracking.
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