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Gov’t moves to amend gambling law to facilitate online betting

Cabinet has made additional strides in reviewing the territory’s Gaming and Betting Control Act.

A Cabinet post-meeting statement issued Thursday revealed that the legislation is being amended to allow for online gaming and betting activities.

Cabinet has therefore agreed for the Premier’s Office to instruct the Attorney General’s Chambers to vet and amend the principal Act to include the proposed changes.

The Bill will then be resubmitted to the Cabinet for approval and then forwarded to the House of Assembly to be passed.

Previously, Premier Andrew Fahie told the House of Assembly the gambling legislation is projected to generate millions of dollars while creating employment opportunities in the territory.

With a decline of the tourism industry, Premier Fahie said the government had to find a new source of revenue to benefit the territory.

“We have been working with a team of consultants who have helped other jurisdictions, including others in the Caribbean, to implement their own online gaming systems and facilitate these kinds of lottery games like Powerball,” Premier Fahie said last year.

Over the years, residents have increasingly called for the legalisation of gambling in the BVI, with many pointing to the neighbouring US Virgin Islands and St Maarten as examples of places where gambling offers enormous business opportunities and is an attractive draw for tourists.

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  1. Im in support.. says:

    Also. I think one or two Casino on the Pier park will be very nice…

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  2. gangsters paradise says:

    Lookout here comes more corruption

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  3. Hurry says:

    The corrupt folks need a quicker way to wash the money because rentals and trucking slowing down.

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  4. Wash n rinse says:

    I need a job in this industry, so I could wash Anju money from the case back then and the money in Miami he can’t touch.

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  5. Bet says:

    The first criminal corruption indictments will be handed down to our current and former politicians by the end of 2021.

  6. LB says:

    This law just just just passed! You have to amend it already? You didn’t think of online gambling when you write the law? Seriously? Shameful!

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  7. Gambling on the computer says:

    It already at bars for a long time no one hiding it

  8. We will see says:

    These people have no end to their corruption and cronyism. I wonder if they even sleep at night cause their mind is busy finding ways to benefit self. Gambling is not good for this territory but it is good for some.

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  9. Shaft says:

    I FIGURE OUR OWN LOTTERY IS A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH THAN CASINOS AND ITS HONEST AND CLEAN AND MAY HAVE A QUICKER TURNOVER OF CLEAN $$$$$$$

  10. BuzzBvi says:

    On line gambling?? What a joke. Or do you mean we can bet on whether or not we will be able to connect to the internet through our useless providers. Be interesting to see the odds and how they vary.

  11. De Voice says:

    Kindly note that Power and Mega Ball games can not be part of the proposed Online Betting these games are only available to U.S.A; accordingly Hon Premier Sir you are being I’ll Advice!!

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