Illegal online gambling operators are thriving in Portugal and it seems that despite the efforts from the government there has been no improvement.
A survey commissioned by the Portuguese Association of Online Gambling and Gambling (APAJO) reveals that a significant number of players in Portugal gamble with illegal gambling sites.
A recent report by APAJO finds that 56% of gamblers continue to bet with both licensed and unlicensed operators even after three years of online gambling regulations.
The study finds that about 6 percent of gamblers bet only through illegal gambling websites. However, 44 percent do bet only with authorized sites approved by the country’s gambling regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ).
Some 6% of gamblers bet exclusively through illegal websites, while 44% of the total use only sites licensed by the regulator, Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ). Among consumers registered in the first half of this year, almost 70% signed up for licensed platforms only.
APAJO president Gabino Oliveira sees the increase in the number of people using licensed betting sites as a positive. He said, “This data shows a very favorable evolution in the growth of the licensed market.This is a positive sign, although we consider in APAJO that much remains to be done to combat unlicensed online gambling in Portugal.
The way to go in combating illegal gambling, beyond supervision, is through effective control and blocking of payments that are made on illegal websites. This is a growing trend in other countries that in Portugal must be properly considered and implemented by the competent entities.”