Jersey web betting 'boost for economy'

Internet betting would benefit Jersey's economy, the minister with responsibility for economic development has said.

New regulations to manage a locally based e-gaming industry have been published for States approval.

Jersey's gaming industry is currently limited mainly to betting offices.

Senator Alan McLean said allowing gaming websites to be based in Jersey would bring millions of pounds into the economy.

Mr McLean said: "The intentions are to benefit from the considerable economic advantages of having e-gaming.

"It was worth about £50m to the Guernsey economy in 2009, which has increased from 2007 when it was about £7m."

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