Prior to 2021, casinos had interpreted the Irish Gaming and Lotteries Act to mean that it did not apply to private arrangements. This led to them operating as private members’ clubs instead. The relevant exemption has actually been repealed since then though, making things harder for casinos.
The Irish government passed its amendments to the iGaming and Lotteries Act in December of 2020, and this was a sort of precursor to a larger and more significant overhaul, expected to come into effect later on this year. That legislation introduced a more coherent permit and licensing application process to the country. At the same time, it proceeded to standardise the minimum gambling age as 18 for all forms of betting.
So, what else can be expected from the upcoming Irish gambling legislation for 2021?