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    Default Lithuanian parliament bans all forms of gambling promotion

    Last week, the Lithuanian parliament passed a new amendment to the country’s gambling laws that prohibits the "promotion of gambling," after the Lithuania Gaming Control Authority told MPs it received a spike in gambling related complaints during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Under the amendment, gambling operators will not be able to organize promotional campaigns, distribute gambling chips, offer gifts or discounts, or hold other promotions. The amendment targets both land-based and online gambling markets throughout the country.

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    “It is a type of activity that costs too much for some people in terms of health and not just money,” Aurelijus Veryga of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union told MPs.

    Virginijus Daukšys, the director of the Gaming Control Authority, earlier said that the coronavirus crisis had further exacerbated the situation in the gaming market. The authority received many complaints about gambling operators failing to fulfil their obligations and not delivering on their promises made while inviting people to gamble, he added.

    Meanwhile, Mantas Zakarka, a representative of Lithuania’s National Gambling and Gaming Business Association, warned that such a ban would prevent new operators from entering the market and would be an incentive for shadow businesses.
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