William Hill will ban the use of credit cards for online betting in Ireland from Wednesday, as reported by the Irish Independent.
However, several major betting companies still accept credit card payments directly in Ireland, in violation of Ireland’s Safer Gaming Code. Others who claim not to accept credit card bets do so indirectly, through apps such as Revolut and Apple Pay.
The head of the Irish Bookmakers Association – the authority behind making anti-credit card rules in the country – says he has no power to sanction credit card gambling because the issue n has not been officially banned by the Irish government.
A new gambling regulator is expected to be introduced in Ireland by the Irish government which would have the power to fine betting companies for breaking the law, but this regulator is not expected to be introduced until the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. Credit card betting would be one of the measures that will be prohibited.
Earlier this month, Apple and Google provided Irish betting apps with a measure to stop credit card gambling through methods including Apple Pay and Google Pay, but a handful of local betting companies ignored this. measure.
In October last year, the Irish Times reported that free bets would be banned in Ireland under new gambling laws, with the regulator empowered to revoke or suspend gambling licenses. may also freeze accounts and block incoming payments to suppliers.