Turkey to Launch 2 Year Illegal Gambling CampaignJuly 5, 2017 10:46 am
In 1998, Turkey made casinos illegal followed by a similar move against their online counterparts in 2006. As a result, legal gambling inside the country is restricted to just the national lottery, and a state-run sports betting body called SporToto. In the meantime, unregulated gambling websites can still be accessed, together with numerous illegal gambling dens, but not for much longer, if the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can help it.
As a result, Erdogan has now launched a two-year long anti-gambling campaign that will be headed by the soon-to-be established coordinated task force involving the police, Interior and Justice ministries, and Revenue Department.
Turkey’s banking regulation agency (BDDK) has been given a key role in the process, and will attempt to prevent online gamblers from depositing and withdrawing money from prohibited internet gambling websites. Furthermore, anyone using cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ether to fund their online accounts will also be targeted by the country’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK).
Meanwhile, in the line of fire of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) will be anyone seeking to promote or advertize online gambling activities, including those that attempt to do so via “internet pages that broadcast TV shows and pornographic material as a cover to advertise gambling sites.”
Awaiting any internet cafes flaunting the law will be stiff penalties, such as “huge fines”, while the government will also ensure signs are placed at these venue warning of the criminality associated with such activities.
As far as land-based gambling venues are concerned, anywhere found organizing illegal gambling stands the risk of having their property seized, and as it states on national government mouthpiece Daily Sabah:
“Those organizers and intermediaries who are found to have profited from illegal gambling will forfeit their income. Houses, where illegal gambling takes place, will be temporarily seized by the state.”