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Romania revokes domestic slot operator’s licence

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The Romanian gambling regulator, the National Office for Games of Chance (ONJN), revoked domestic slot operator Betting Frenzy SRL’s gaming licence for not meeting its payment and declaration obligations.
Betting Frenzy

The ONJN determined Betting Frenzy did not declare RON3.20m (£560,000/€650,000/$710,000) in gambling taxes. In addition to failing to declare the owed amount, the operator also did not pay the money to the relevant fiscal body.

The regulator also found the operator failed to provide the correct accompanying paperwork for its payment obligations to the government.

As such the ONJN decided to revoke Betting Frenzy’s licence to operate slot games in Romania. However, the operator will still be required to pay the amount already owed.

The decision – which was signed by ONJN president Mihail Silviu Pocora – can be appealed. Betting Frenzy have a 30-day period to submit an objection to the ruling if they so choose.

ONJN adds to Romanian blacklist

The country’s gaming regulator also announced it has added five new sites to the country’s blacklist of unlicensed gaming sites. These are:

  • Ice-casino34.com/ro
  • Ps3838.com
  • Carscor.com
  • Romaniarandom.com
  • Pozeledevinrealitate.com

Romania launched the blacklist in 2015 ahead of the regulation of the online gambling market the following year.

The ONJN periodically updates the list, as it did in March 2022 – when 26 sites were added – or August 2020, in which the ONJN added 20 portals to the list, including one run by Bet365.

The country’s 1,184 ISPs are required to block a blacklisted site within 48 hours of being notified by the gambling regulator.

Romanian consumers attempting to visit a blocked gambling portal will instead see a message stating: “Your access to this site has been restricted by the National Gambling Office”, as well as summarising the ONJN’s powers to create the list.

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