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Romanian bookmakers shut down to protest gov’t tax

TAGs: bookmaker strike, romania

Pity the poor Romanian footie fan. First, the national team fails to qualify for the World Cup, then just as the tourney gets underway, 1,400 of the country’s 1,455 registered bookmakers suspend activity to protest a government draft law that would impose a 25% tax on gambling gains. The government, like most these days, desperately needs the money, but the bookmakers claim that the tax will cost jobs and drive customers to play with online sites based in foreign countries. Meanwhile, the Romanian footie fan says a plague on both your houses. Still, we bet those 55 bookies who didn’t shut their doors are beating them off with a stick. Read more.

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