Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Vietnam sports betting too restrictive to make sense

Good morning. Vietnam is considering further steps to open up its sports betting market, though industry insiders say it’s still unlikely to be enough to attract international investors. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance said it was expanding the number of football tournaments that locals are allowed to bet on. The wider variety removes one key hurdle for potential industry participants, but the legislation is still seen as being too restrictive to allow firms to compete with the booming illegal market.


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Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Vietnam sports betting too restrictive to make sense

Vietnam sports betting seen as too restrictive to make business sense

Vietnam is considering further steps to open up its sports betting market, though industry insiders say it’s still unlikely to be enough to attract international investors. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance said it was expanding the number of football tournaments that locals are allowed to bet on. The wider variety removes one key hurdle for potential industry participants, but the legislation is still seen as being too restrictive to allow firms to compete with the booming illegal market. “The Vietnamese government did miss an opportunity in the way it chose to regulate football betting,” says Lorien Pilling, a gambling consultant with GBGC Consulting.

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