Being caught cheating at online poker could see Britons facing a 10-year jail term after Lord Moynihan put forward to the House of Lords an amendment to the new Gambling Bill.
The amendments are to the “Cheating” section of the Gambling Act 2005 and although worded primarily for sports betting and in particular match-fixing, they can certainly be applied to live and online poker cash games and tournaments.
Lord Moynihan, the former sports minister and British Olympic Association chairman, has called fo the maximum penalty for cheating at gambling in the united Kingdom to be increase to 10 years from the current maximum of two years. Broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph states that the new amendments “draw heavily on laws passed last year in the Australian state of Victoria, which have been widely credited as sparking a successful crackdown on corruption in sport there.”
The proposed changes can be read here at the Parliament website and you can see for yourself how the changes to the law could be used against cheaters in the online poker word, particularly section 3A and its subsections.
Peers in the House of Lords will now discuss the amendments, which if they come into force will give police and courts more power to prosecute cheaters and bring them to justice, and return their decision in the near future, meaning the new UK gambling bill – the same one that introduces the point of consumption tax – could become law before the end of 2014.
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