New Irish gambling laws would see free bets and VIP perks banned, ads restricted Jennifer Bray, The Irish Times · October 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm Landmark new gambling laws [that were] due to come before Cabinet on Tuesday will see free bets banned while a new gambling regulator will be in place by early next year. The regulator will be given powers to revoke or suspend gambling licences and will also be able to freeze accounts and block incoming payments to providers. A social impact fund will be established which will place a levy on gambling companies and this will fund addiction treatment and other measures around awareness. There will be no more free bets or inducements or VIP treatment for certain gamblers. There will also be a clampdown on gambling advertising that will see the new gambling authority empowered to issue codes around the time and frequency that such advertising can appear on TV, radio and other media.