When is a credit card sports bet, banned under Irish gambling rules, not counted as a credit card bet?
When it’s done through Apple Pay or Revolut.
At least, that’s according to Ireland’s biggest betting firms, as well as the Minister of State in charge (Wexford TD James Browne) and the Irish Bookmakers Association.
To them, thousands of people maxing out cards on gambling doesn’t break any code, so long as they do it through their normal contactless payment method.
This is more than just a bit ‘Irish’; it’s embarrassing.
Following an exposé on the subject last week, where we named and shamed firms such as Paddy Power and BoyleSports, many of the betting companies responded that they had broken no rule.
And according to the Irish Bookmakers Association, which sets Ireland’s gambling rules, they’re correct.
“The use of third party providers does not indicate to operators whether it has been funded by debit card, credit card or direct lodgements,” its director told me. “This is one of many areas where a [gambling regulatory] authority could facilitate progress by requiring all operators and third party providers to refuse the use of credit cards for gambling purpose…..ReadMore…