Romanian online casinos are facing other problems after Romania’s gaming regulator decided to add Bet365 to a blacklist that already includes bwin Digital.
Romanian online casinos Bet365 and bwin Digital have been paying taxes from 2009 and hold provisional licenses. These licenses have been now withdrawn even though the reasons for these moves of the National Gambling Office remain unclear.
Companies operating on Romanian online casinos market have been listed on the blacklist due to the fact that they have offered their services to Romanian players despite a requirement that they cease and desist until the licensing process was complete.
A statement from Romanian regulator said:
“Please note that by the no. 2723 decision published on 13.10.2015, the right of Hillside Gaming LP and Hillside Sports LP jointly offering gambling services by their gaming platform accessible via the website bet365.com has been cancelled. The company has been warned not to accept players who access their site from Romanian IPs or Romanian players under the law from this day forward and to remit all funds of the players that have registered a game account. We warned the players that they have 30 days to withdraw all amounts held in accounts of the operator, after which all access to the site will be restricted.”
The statement continues to warn Romanian online punters that according to GEO no.77 / 2009, unlicensed online gambling “…constitutes an offence punishable by a fine of 5.000 to 10.000 lei [for] participation of individuals from Romania in remote gambling activities as defined in part. 10 (1) h) -n).”