Russia to legalize poker?

The specialists of tax policy all across the world are looking at Russia very carefully at this point of time, thinking about what will be their take on poker. At this point of time, poker is banned in Russia, with other gaming activities, apart from in certain regulated places.
The trouble is that the people of Russia love poker and recent polls revealed that up to twenty percent of the adult population prefers to play poker and, in spite of the ban, they often engage in poker. A recent data from the PokerStars, which is the world’s largest online poker site, suggest that 8.4 percent of their players come from Russia.
Online gaming of this type is a type of a sensitive issue right now in Russia. Previous October, authorities started blocking dozens of unregistered international and domestic gaming sites. This week, a major domestic betting company named Liga Stavok stated that it had become the very first company to get an official betting license.
At the time, particulars of a new central payment marching system, named TSUPIS, have been declared. Anticipated to start its operation over the upcoming few weeks, it is intended to record all payments into registered gaming sites so they can be taxed.
One and a half year back, Russia’s very first deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov hinted a change. He asked the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Economic Development to work with each other on a report on regulation, legalization and taxation of online poker.

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