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Prison Sentences possible in UK for Online Poker Cheats

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The Telegraph reported that amendments were presented by former sports minister Lord Moynihan, twice Chairman of the British Olympic Association and British coxswain Olympic silver medalist at the Moscow games in 1980, to the House of Lords in the UK. The amendments could serve up sentences of up to 10 years of imprisonment for poker players found guilty of cheating at online tables.

The Australian state of Victoria passed laws a year ago that appear to be a major contribution in the fight against corruption in sports and the amendments are based on like principals. Police and the courts will have more power to curtail cheating once the amendments are approved because the maximum sentence will increase from 2 to 10 years.

The changes to the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill 2013-14 – were presented to address the issue of match-fixing by making it a criminal offense. The bill is now in its final stages and if approved, would also deal out dire consequences to those cheating and colluding in poker.

Lord Moynihan proposed the modifications after discussions with Britain's Sports Betting Group. The Sports Betting Group was formed in 2010.

Read the full text here of the amendments presented by Lord Moynihan at the UK House of Lords.

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