According to PokerNews, “the decision seems to be motivated by the uncertainty of some markets and the risk that upcoming changes in different gambling legislation could result in bringing unwanted sanctions to the group for operating against the law.”
The announcement essentially means that players from countries noted on William Hill’s list would not be able to open new accounts or place wagers on William Hill’s sites. The group operates casino, bingo, poker, sports betting, and mobile, among other brands.
Besides South Africa, several other African countries are mentioned on the list, including Algeria, Botswana, the Central African Republic, Gambia, Malawi, and Lesotho.
How will this decision affect William Hill’s profitability? Analysts suggest that William Hill’s decision won’t have much of an impact on the group’s revenues, and for all intents and purposes, the decision was more a formal declaration than anything else. While the long list of 55 countries reads like a grand-scale operation, all of them together make up around 1% of William Hill’s global revenue – including South Africa. Some of the countries don’t even have one registered citizen using William Hill’s gambling services.
Other countries on the list include Cambodia, Guinea, Thailand, and Netherlands Antilles, and Uruguay.
The situation could change and William Hill may seek a return to online gambling SA markets once regulation is established in the country. A bill to oversee the fast-growing industry is long overdue and the South African government is losing out on taxation and licensing fees by delaying the establishment of an internet gambling regime. If you want to learn about the legality of gambling in other African countries, check out our guide.
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