As many as 1,000 gambling centers across Lebanon have been given official permits to operate, but they are unregulated. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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While politicians spar over who should have jurisdiction over online gambling, illegal gambling operations remain rampant across the country and the state is believed to be losing millions of dollars as a direct result. A draft decree has been on lawmakers' shelves since 2012 that would give the Lebanese government control over online gambling, but it has not been considered due to a lack of political will and bickering among politicians.Due to this inaction, online gambling is still illegal in Lebanon; although it's likely thousands of Lebanese do it.H.S., a 31-year-old Lebanese citizen, places bets using bet365 .com, Noticing Lebanon's lack of government regulations, a group of Russian nationals attempted to enter the illegal gambling market earlier this decade.A source from Casino du Liban said all betting, including sports gambling, should be under the jurisdiction of the casino.The casino has been in a fight with the state over closing down these centers, and the source said the two sides agreed in 2008 to shut down any gambling center other than the casino.
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