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Spring Cleaning Time: William Hill Pulls Out of 55 Countries

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William Hill will no longer be available in countries like South Africa, Uruguay, Morocco and Thailand for what the operator calls "regulatory reasons." A note sent to the media and affiliates earlier this week revealed that operations will cease in 55 countries to avoid risks coming with William Hill's presence in some of the so-called "gray markets."

Following what looks like a reorganization of William Hill’s global operations, players from the countries involved will no longer be able to open new accounts or place wagers on William Hill. Countries affected by the move include several African states together with Asian, Central and South American ones.

The decision seems to be motivated by the uncertainty of some markets and the risk that upcoming changes in different gambling legislation could result in bringing unwanted sanctions to the group for operating against the law.

Speaking to PokerNews, a representative of the operator has confirmed the decision to pull out of a large number of unregulated markets. The same representative also explained that what may sound like a large scale operation is not going to carry significant consequences for the group, as it involves countries that cover a marginal role in William Hill’s operations.

All 55 countries together are supposed to represent approximately 1% of William Hill global revenue, with several of them not having even a single citizen using the operator's services.

Here’s the full list of countries William Hill is withdrawing from:

BeninBotswanaBurkina FasoCambodiaCameroon
Cape Verde IslandsCentral African RepublicChadDjiboutiEquatorial Guinea
NepalNetherland AntillesNigerNorfolk IslandSaint Vincent and The Grenadines
SamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSolomon IslandsSomalia
South AfricaSurinamSwazilandThailandTogo

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