Today, the law on the legalization of gambling business comes into force in Ukraine.
However, not all points of the law start to act today.
The norms of the certification of the equipment, a system of online monitoring and fines for holding of games without licenses will not act currently. In other words, in fact, the market will not be launched.
Earlier, the ruling Servant of the People party predicted that from six months up to a year would be needed for the beginning of the real work of the gambling business facilities. Thus, the gambling business might start its work until the next summer.
The bill covers the sphere of activity of casino and online casino, holding of bookmaker activity (including online), issuance and holding of lottery and issues of the poker game on the internet.
The document allows online poker. However, money poker (not tournament) will be possible only in the casino. Sports poker (tournament poker) is a sports game that is why the holding of the tournament is determined by the profile ministry.
Moreover, the video lottery terminals and other image devices, slots, which allow to make bets for the result of the video games and work according to the principle of random number generator.
The bill amends the law of Ukraine On advertising, implementing the restrictions for ads of gambling games. Particularly, the outdoor advertising, excepting signs, is banned as well as the restriction for all other types of ads is banned.
The age of the player increases from 18 up to 21 years; besides, the requirements to players and their identification appear, as well as the financial sanctions for non-fulfillment of such demands. Besides, the representatives of the state-occupant cannot be organizers and partakers of the gambling games.
On July 14, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada supported the second reading and as a whole the bill No.2285-d regarding the legalization of the gambling business. The draft was supported by 248 MPs.
You can find the details of the bill here.
On August 11, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law on the legalization of gambling business. The next day, the law on the legalization of gambling was published in Ukraine's parliamentary newspaper, Holos Ukrainy.