Italy has experienced a shift from banning all gambling to being differentiating between permissible and illegitimate gambling. Since March 2010 when the new law came into power, foreign gambling operators have been able to launch online real money games. AAMS (Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato – Autonomous Administration of State Monopolies) is the Italian gaming authority that issues licenses, and also enforces all administrative legal aspects of gambling.
Online Gaming in the Italian Market
Before online casinos offer their services to Italian citizens, they are required to get an Italian licence. The licences cover: skill games, tournament and solitaire poker games, cash poker games, casino games, fixed odd and totalisator sports, horse and other events betting, horse pools, and bingo.
Obtaining the Licence
Once the application for the licence is submitted to AAMS, the regulator will then have three months to review the documentation and issue the licence. But the licence itself will not enable operators to immediately start providing the licensed games. They will first go through an authorization procedure, that in case of casino games, card games and skill games, also requires the previous certification of the platform and of each game by a certification entity accredited with AAMS .
Violation of the licence
All gaming, betting, lotteries and games of chance are to be offered, organised, and managed in compliance with specific laws, regulations, and licences. Violation of these conditions has serious consequences, including: criminal trial, imprisonment, fines, forfeitures, bails, parole and other restrictions of freedom (such as being prohibited from entering gambling halls). Additionally, other violations of Italy’s gambling laws can be punished via administrative actions such as monetary fines or suspension or withdrawal of business licences.
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