Another day, another story about heavy handed government intervention to curtail access to 'illegal' or blacklisted gambling sites.... This time it's Denmark who are weighing in with measures to force Internet Service Providers to put blocks in place to stop anyone from accessing blacklisted gambling sites.
2012 is fast becoming the year of gaming industry regulatory reform for European countries, with one after another bringing in one form or another of impingement designed to restrict access to gambling sites and/or make extra revenue on the back of tightened regulation.
The latest move by Denmark sees big companies like Bet-at-home and Titanpoker being blocked at the ISP level after repeated requests by the Danish government for those and the other 10 major blacklisted companies to 'cease and desist' from offering services to Danish residents.
Spain sees drop in Poker take since new licenses issued
We reported on similarly strong hand tactics by Spain to capitalize on gambling to help boost their tax take here and here. The latest news here on CalvinAyre.com is that whilst the handing out of new licenses to those happy enough to fork out spurious amounts in 'back tax', the actual poker players themselves aren't quite so keen to play in Spain because of the way the income tax system requires players to pay tax on any winnings (whilst at the same time not allowing them to offset gambling losses against any wins).
So all in all, not a great situation for Spanish punters - still at least on the plus side one particular Spanish punter - Rafael Nadal - should have plenty of time to play at the tables under his new PokerStars sponsorship after having been battered by the unknown Czech player Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon - extraordinary game, well worth another look if anyone missed it.