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THE GAMBLING OVERVIEW Te Gambling Regulatory Authority in Mauritius


was established in 2007 and the GRA operates under the Prime Minister’s Office which regulates and controls the gambling sectors in Mauritius.


Under the GRA Act of 2007 (most recently amended in February 2019), the authority took over any existing operations within the gambling sector and also issued the first bookmaker licence for fixed odds betting on foreign football matches in 2008. Te GRA issued the Mauritius National Lottery licence later that same year followed by AWP licences in March 2011 which was later renamed LPM. Te same year the GRA approved the combination of Automatic System LTD and Global Ltd Pools in Mauritius to operate the Tote.


Tere are nine off-course bookmakers now licensed to offer bets on foreign football matches in Mauritius and each is authorised to operate a head office and a number of betting outlets. To date there are two licensees which can offer fixed odds betting on local horse races via remote means which is SMS Pariaz and Bet On Line Ltd.


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Tere are nine off-course bookmakers now licensed to offer bets on foreign football matches in Mauritius and each is authorised to operate a head office and a number of betting outlets. To date there are two licensees which can offer fixed odds betting on local horse races via remote means.


Bookmakers (Category 4) pay MRs3.5m in an annual bookmaker licence for conducting fixed odds betting plus an additional MRs40,000 per additional place of business.


Horse racing in Mauritius dates back to 1812 when the Mauritius Turf Club opened the Champ de Mars racecourse in Port Louis, which today is the only one on the island and the second oldest race course in the world. Events gather around 20,000 to 30,000 people.


In the past, bets were organised by bookmakers, but since 1991 computerised wagers have been operated by Automatic Systems ltd (Supertote), and later Global Sports Ltd (Totelepep). In 1994, telephone bets were introduced by Automatic Systems, followed by bookmakers in 2002.


Te Mauritius Turf Club (MTC) is responsible for the horseracing sector. In 2017, the club saw total revenues of MRs341.2m, of which


MRs141.4m came from bookmaker sales, MRs18.4m from Telebook and SMS Pariaz and MRs63.4m from the Tote whilst other revenue came from subscriptions, lottery and sponsorship. Tere are 37 on course bookmakers and nine off course bookmakers. Tere are three operators licensed to take bets by remote communication and each remote communication operator currently owns 25 facility centres.


Under Section 91 of the GRA Act, online gambling is illegal for residents of Mauritius and the government can block transactions and control ISPs. It is illegal for players to access offshore gambling sites but this is rarely enforced.


ZOUGADERE NATION Although Mauritius has a steady gambling


market back in 2014 when the new government came into power it immediately went to war against the proliferation of gambling created by the previous government.


During his first budget after the 2014 elections, then finance minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, announced several budget


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