Like many countries today, Portugal has a ban on online gambling. The government does not allow its citizens to participate in the online gambling community because they are concerned that online gambling will become a problem for some citizens.
Many citizens of the country are frustrated with the ban because they want access to the same things that citizens of other countries have access to. It seems unfair that there are people in the UK and Italy who are playing these games to their heart’s content, but the Portuguese government claims that it is only trying to protect its people.
No online gambling in Portugal
Portugal’s online casino ban has gotten quite a bit of negative attention from all over the place, including the European Union, individuals, and top internet companies. One of the most vocal critics was the company known as Bwin Interactive Entertainment, in fact the dispute between the law of Portugal and this company has gone to court and has been heard by the judges to try to resolve the dispute once and for all.
People and companies argue that it makes no sense to ban online casinos because people will continue to find ways to gamble, no matter if it is legal or not. While many have said that they will continue to enjoy online casinos, Portuguese law requires ISP providers to place a block on websites that promote what they consider to be illegal content.
The government is really trying to protect its people from this business, but many people are frustrated that they don’t want to be protected.
Unfortunately for some who tried to plead ignorance when they continued to gamble within Portugal’s borders, Portugal has been very specific about its ban on online UFA casinos and related activity. Portugal has defined online gambling as “Placing a bet from the territory of Portugal via the web with a company based outside of Portugal”.
What this means is that if you are in Portugal you cannot place any bets over the Internet, there is no question about it. Many people used to feign ignorance and still continue to play with online casinos, but now this wording makes it clear that you cannot, at any time, gamble online when you are on Portuguese soil.
This makes it difficult for anyone to participate consciously without worrying about being caught and what the consequences could be.
Many people are still finding ways to enjoy online casinos, but the Portuguese government is not stopping and has said that it will prosecute those who do not refrain from visiting and playing online casinos.