The Cabinet of Ministers approved the licensing conditions for gambling on December 21. They come into force from today.
The licensing terms were placed on 13 pages of the official publication "Uryadoviy kuryer". Conditions for casinos, gambling halls, bookmakers, as well as online casinos and online poker are separately spelled out.
The licensing terms describe the documents that the operator must submit to the Gambling Regulatory Commission, as well as the requirements for the organizers of the gambling business. For example, only a legal entity that is a resident of Ukraine can become it, and the ultimate beneficiaries and shareholders cannot be residents of the Russian Federation. Casino operators must identify casino players and visitors and not allow people with gambling addiction to play. The technical requirements for casinos are also spelled out in the licensing terms: equipment certification must be carried out in certification centers, which are established by the gambling regulatory commission. The equipment must be connected to the online monitoring system no later than 10 days from the date of obtaining the license. And the casino can only be located in 5-star hotels in premises of at least 500 square meters.
Gambling halls can be located in hotels with a category of 3, 4 and 5 stars. At the same time, no closer than 500 meters from kindergartens, schools and colleges.
The online casino will only be able to operate in the UA domain zone.
Now that the licensing conditions have been officially approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries has the right to start issuing licenses to those operators who have a full set of necessary documents.
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