The Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency – ADM – has issued a statement reminding its citizens of the legal restrictions placed on advertising gambling websites.


The statement was made, the ADM states, in response to “several online’ media outlets publishing articles which recommended playing online games “with cash winnings on platforms not referable to dealers”, which is, in fact, illegal.

The statement says that those who advertise such games can be fined and imprisoned for up to three months. “Even the participant in the bets organised by non-licensed operators can be sanctioned with a fine and arrest for up to three months” it states.

“Furthermore,” it continues, “we would like to remind you that, as required by the legislative decree 12 July 2018, n.87, ‘any form of advertising, even indirect, is prohibited relating to games or bets with money winnings, however it is carried out and on any means, including sporting, cultural or artistic events, television or radio broadcasts, the daily and periodical press, the publications in general, billboards and the internet.’

“The Agency, therefore, reminds the world of the fact that advertising operators without licences can lead to specific measures by the Communications Authority, in addition to the aforementioned criminal implications.”