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Turkey cracks down on online poker
First it was the United States, then it was Norway and now it appears that officials in Turkey are putting the kibosh on online poker.
According to a story in the Turkish daily Zaman, authorities have compiled a list of 3,500 individuals who have allegedly taken part in online gambling.
The culprits will be fined 100 Turkey New Lira ($84.21), which doesn't sound that bad - except the fine is for each game played online. The number of combined games played is said to exceed 46,000.
Turkey does not have a hard-line stance against online gambling, but the IDDAA gaming firm is partially owned by the state and it's the only spot to play online in the country if you want to get around legal issues.
On Feb. 28, 2007, Turkish authorities passed a law that banned foreign-based online gambling operators. This was done partially to protect IDDAA.
Online poker is legal and regulated in many countries, including several nations around the Caribbean Sea and the United Kingdom, while countries like France and Sweden have state-run monopolies. The U.S. passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in October of last year and Norway has in turn signaled its intentions to follow suit early next year.