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Online Casinos Face Advertising Standards Crackdown
Online gambling companies that spend millions advertising in taxis
and on the London Underground will face a government crackdown amid
concerns that many break the law, according to a report in the
The offshore companies take bets from punters in the UK but, unlike
land-based casinos, are allowed to advertise because they are outside
the jurisdiction of UK law.
Problems arise because many of the casinos offer inducements which
are forbidden, such as matching of initial stakes.
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will
today announce that companies which break the law will be prosecuted.
Jowell and the Gambling Commission will write jointly to advertisers,
publishers and internet casino operators spelling out the government’s
position on the interpretation of the law.
John Shepard, director of communications at online gaming site
PartyGaming.com, said: " The Financial Times has made one
error. It is not against the law to offer free entry.
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