Uzbekistan, Ukraine open up their gambling markets

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Uzbekistan is expected to be the next nation in the Commonwealth of Independent States to legalize some forms of gambling, while Ukraine’s draft law opening up its market is due to have its second reading this month, creating new opportunities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Towards the end of last year, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev put legislation in motion to open up the country to sports betting to raise funds to support its sports teams, in particular football. That legislation is expected to come into force in 2021, with draft rules scheduled to also make their appearance this month. The draft may also contain the possibility to open up to online poker and casinos, though at present casinos are not likely to be on the agenda. “There has also been talk about which verticals should be included within the scope of the legalization. Talks are ongoing, but my gut feeling is...

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