Citizens of Northern Ireland are in for some changes as far as gambling laws are concerned. Some of these proposed changes the average person and even the average avid gambler would probably agree are long overdue. Some changes include a law that would make it illegal for anyone to allow another person, under the age of 18, to gamble on video poker type gambling machines.
According to the staff at www.gamblingsites.org there are no expected changes in the law as it concerns the online gambling world.
Another proposed change in the law would make a bet made with a sports book or other similar gambling sites a legal and binding contract.
According to the BBC, the proposed changes were outlined by Northern Ireland’s Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, countries Social Development Minister.
McCausland told reporters: “My priority is to minimize the harmful effects of gambling; the new law will be underpinned by objectives aimed at keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring fairness within the gambling industry and protecting the young and vulnerable
Back in 2009, the DSD (Department for Social Development) conducted a study into problem gambling in Northern Ireland, it was the “first comprehensive gambling survey undertaken in Northern Ireland”. The results showed that 1 of every 50 people in Northern Ireland has faced problem gambling. That’s about 2% of the entire population which is reportedly 3 times higher than the average in Great Britain.
As a result of this, and as is the case in many if not most other areas where gambling is regulated, it is proposed that the gambling industry be required to contribute to the fight against gambling addiction.
According to proposals outline on out-law.com thus far, there are no plans in motion to open bookmakers on Sundays, or to lift the current ban on casinos in Northern Ireland. There was also no discussion to changes in online gambling laws.
Another possible change involves contests held by companies like Coca Cola. To date, residents of Northern Ireland are either completely prohibited from participation in promotional type contests held by marketing companies that require a purchase.
Some companies include a no-purchase-required option specifically for those citizens, and others simply restrict residents from N. Ireland to entering.
Residents of nearby England, Scotland, and Wales have been allowed to participate since the passage of the 2005 Gambling Act Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where these premises are closed on Sundays.
The minister said: “My priority is to minimize the harmful effects of gambling; the new law will be underpinned by objectives aimed at keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring fairness within the gambling industry and protecting the young and vulnerable
To reiterate, thus far, there is no expected change to online poker, casino, or any other form of online gambling law.