As stated before, the 2009 deadly casino fire caused the law to be passed for all gambling in Ukraine to be made illegal. Even though this fire happened in a land-based casino, online gambling was also banned. This ban was appropriate for any game where a person had to bet their own money. Because lotteries technically do not count as betting, they were not included in this ban. Therefore, they were allowed to continue under the new gambling laws.
In 2010, the Ukrainian government announced something called a Draft Law. This law allowed regulated gambling to happen again. This included gaming zones, meaning certain organized gambling was allowed in specific locations, such as cruise ships and exclusive hotel rooms. However, gambling licenses were not easy to obtain and cost millions of dollars. In addition, players themselves were subject to an extensive financial and criminal background check.