Sportsbooks may have to operate without a poker vertical
Calculating gaming tax on turnover rather than gross gaming revenue creates an extremely high rate of tax. The decision may well be self-defeating, as high taxes will both deter operators and players. If experience in other highly taxed jurisdictions is a guide, many will desert the regulated market to make cheaper bets, which will be offered by offshore operators.
In a statement, the RGA said:. Before the new laws, the SCML had a legal monopoly on gambling. In order that the SCML should not find itself financially disadvantaged under the new gaming regulations, the laws make provisions for the organization that mean it will make tax payments that are around 50 percent lower than other licensed operators.
Amaya has filed a license application for PokerStars to operate in the regulated online poker market, and while unconfirmed, it is also expected to apply for a sports betting license for BetStars. These, combined with the small It was much closer than they would have hoped, but the thirty-four goals netted during the campaign proved to be the difference between first and second place.
Cristiano Ronaldo top scored, with fifteen, and he was given ample support by Andre Silva, who netted nine. Fernando Santos will be in his fourth year as Portugal head coach when the tournament kicks off in Russia, and his tenure has been a successful one so far. Having taken over in September , just a few months after guiding Greece to the knock-out stages of a World Cup for the first time, he led Portugal to the European Championships as winners of their qualifying group. At the actual European championships, Portugal required a bit of fortune and the new format enabled them to advance to the knock-out stages despite finishing third in their group.
The rest, as they say, is history and Santos celebrated turning Portugal into European champions in the space of two years. The European Championships winners medal he received in means that the World Cup is the only medal missing from his vast collection.
Portugal are the European champions, so they must be considered as a possible World Cup winner in Russia. They have been drawn in a group with neighbours Spain, as well as Morocco and Iran, and should advance to the knock-out stage without much of a problem. He is only just beginning to show his potential in the national team, and will be one to watch at the tournament. Prior to this he had a successful four year spell in charge of Greece that included reaching the quarter-finals at Euro and the knockout stages in Brazil — something the Greek side had never achieved in their history.
His greatest conquest is of course the Euros victory, which is the first major international trophy in the cabinet for Portugal. Since taking over he has achieved a fantastic winning percentage of With him at the helm you can expect Portugal to achieve great things. It is hard to imagine a team like Portugal not appearing at the FIFA World Cup, so it may surprise you to learn that the nation has only been to six of the twenty tournaments held to date. Their first appearance was in the World Cup in England with a team that many expected to win the trophy; they ended up finishing third, which to date is their best performance at the biggest sporting event on Earth.
Portugal were more or less in the World Cup wilderness for the next 40 years — they qualified for both the and tournaments, although bowed out in the group stage on both occasions. But proved to be the dawning of a new era in Portuguese football, and the nation that has always managed to produce talented players has not missed a tournament since.
They blitzed a relatively tame group, winning all three games against Mexico, Angola and Iran, before defeating the Netherlands and England on the way to their second World Cup semi-final.