Spain to introduce new gambling restrictions

Spain’s gambling sector is set for new restrictions after the country’s coalition government unveiled its plans for the new year.

Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left-wing Unidas Podemos (UP) want “urgent regulation of gambling to prevent and curb gambling.” Both sides agreed to instruct Spain’s autonomous communities to prevent gambling establishments from opening before 10pm.

PSOE and Podemos also agreed on a decree reforming Spain’s advertising code, which will see the introduction of gambling specific measures bringing gambling marketing regulations in line with those imposed on the tobacco industry.

The government also plans to introduce measures designed to reinforce the player’s self-awareness with the aim of encouraging “healthy consumption practices and to prevent, anticipate or identify the generation of problematic game patterns”.

According to daily newspaper El Pais, PSOE and Podemos are considering introducing a management fee on online gambling operators to fund problem gambling support and treatment by Spanish health networks and further “repairing the damaging social effects produced by gambling”.

In December, Spain’s regulated online gaming market reported a 5.4 per cent year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the third quarter of 2019, with the growth of online casino again supported by the recovery of the sports betting.

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