Wednesday September 10,2014 : REALPOLITIK IN RUSSIAN ONLINE POKER
But who is this mysterious league of poker amateurs?
Setting industry tongues a wag Tuesday was an unsourced report claiming that an unidentified Russian "league of poker amateurs" has grabbed the government bull by the horns and suggested a deal through which online poker would be legalised in return for paying handsome taxes to Putin's coffers.
The news comes on the heels of official reports from the Russian Office of Prosecutions claiming that the government clampdown on illegal gambling has been successful, which many unlawful venues shuttered and almost a million slot machines seized
The mysterious league of poker amateurs has reportedly made a proposal to the Ministry of Finance that barters legalization for payment of a 13 percent tax on player winnings going forward, and a 20 percent tax paid by operators annually on their overall revenues.
The proposal is accompanied by suggested licensing and regulatory requirements intended to exclude criminal activity, minors and problem gamblers, along with ID requirements that involve punters having to prove their identity and age through the presentation of passports.
"The league hopes that the new legalization would also clarify whether Russians gamblers may have access to foreign online gaming platforms," Poker777 concludes.