According to a report recently issued by Spain's CODERE Foundation and the  Institute of Policy and Governance of the  Charles III University, nearly half of the country's online poker players currently play their games on illegal sites.  And according to the latest figures released by the DGOJ about the second quarter of 2014, Gross Gaming Revenues fell by 6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2013, while the total number of online poker players fell by 5 percent.
The new levy on online transactions will mainly target foreign-based bookmakers that offer remote services to customers based in the country.  Such operators currently benefit from a relatively tax-free regime, which in turn means Ireland misses out on millions of euros worth of tax each year.  Under the new law, remote bookmakers and betting exchanges providing betting services will be required to obtain a licence in Ireland regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the country. Such operators will also be liable to pay tax on betting recently announced it is to introduce a  new gambling law that will require overseas operators to obtain a licence, and pay taxes.

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