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Czech Republic To Introduce “Panic Button” As Country Seeks Tougher Gambling Regulations

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The Czech Republic are planning to introduce major changes on how gambling is regulated in the country, which will see an overhaul of the 2017 Gambling Act. 

The original act introduced much tougher restrictions including higher taxation rates for all gambling operators in the country. That particular change was introduced following a campaign on addictive games and substances by the republic’s Ministry of Health and the National Drug Policy Coordinator.

Now the country will introduce changes to help with self-exclusion. Instead of going through the traditional long process of self, players will now have a new “panic button” on all accounts that will allow them to immediately exclude themselves from playing for 48 hours.

All gambling operators by law will be required to add this function to their online platforms. The feature will block players from playing with any legal operator, providing them with sufficient time to exclude themselves from gambling, if they so wish. During these 48 hours, players will not be able to remove themselves from the self-exclusion database.

Despite these strict regulations and desire to introduce more, the Czech Republic remains an attractive market for gambling operators and suppliers seeking to expand their European footprint. Earlier this year, GGPoker which is the world’s largest online poker room was cleared to launch in the country. Players in the country can now experience exciting poker games under the GGPoker.cz domain.


Kyle Curran is a Journalism graduate who specialises in football (soccer), darts and horse racing but has the ability to write about a range of sports across the world and has worked with numerous sports and gambling websites. He also writes news, betting tips and gambling news as well as long form SEO content. He can regularly be found providing live football (soccer) commentary on Flashscore. Previously read news bulletins on local radio stations up and down the UK, courtesy of DerbyshireMediaCompany. He also formerly covered Premier League and EFL matches as an accredited journalist and editor for Prost International.