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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 1
( 2011)


The publication of a 30 December draft national gambling law by the Spanish Government has created more controversy than authorities expected. / read more

The existing 1% tax on betting turnover for bookmakers in Ireland would be extended to online operators, under a new Finance Bill (FB) approved by the Irish Parliament on 27 January. / read more

The French Competition Authority, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has expressed its concerns about the online gambling sector in France, less than a year after the market was opened to new operators. / read more


Bwin and Microgaming recently announced they were launching their own poker 'apps' for the iPhone. William Hill is also embarking on the m-adventure by making its betting app available through Google Android phones. Operators having the technology to launch mobile games is one thing. But mobile platforms allowing for the development of 'real-money' games is another. Apple and Google have maintained they do not permit 'gambling for real money' applications, and pretty much stick to those policies bar certain exceptions. / read more

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After a rush of optimism by gaming operators and players that legislation, as proposed by Senator Harry Reid in the US, would legalise online poker during the 2010 'lame duck' session, the debates came to a quick halt, at least for now. The status quo permits online poker but potential enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 threatens poker in the US market. The subtle difference between a game of skill and a game of chance is the difference between lawful and unlawful gaming and, potentially, legalising online poker playing. Elizabeth Corey, Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, discusses recent regulatory and political updates. / read more

Although the Romanian Government introduced in 2010 a draft gambling law that was upheld by the country's Parliament, it is far from certain when - and if - the proposed law will come into force. Ana-Maria Baciu, Managing Associate at Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, discusses the draft legal framework and the obstacles that lie ahead. / read more

Online gambling affiliates and operators are locked in a fascinating, symbiotic relationship that is characterised by trust, mistrust and huge swings in power. James Harrabin, Operations Manager at 15 Marketing, discusses the complexities surrounding one of the key business models in the online gambling industry and looks at its impact on marketing strategies. / read more

Although various attempts have been made to liberalise the system, archaic gambing legislation is still in place in Hungary. Gábor Helembai, Attorney at Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners, discusses the uncertain Hungarian regulatory framework. / read more

A number of European Court of Justice rulings - in particular, the Carmen Media case - have changed the legal basis for Germany's gambling ban and could possibly pave the way for the end of the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling. Dr. Wulf Hambach and Dr. Michael Hettich, of Hambach and Hambach, discuss the different cases and their impact on Germany's regulatory gambling framework. / read more

Online gambling data collection is becoming a focus of interest for various stakeholders in the online gaming industry, since it is relevant for advertising, attracting new players, exploring new markets and trying out new products. Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, and Monica Whitty, of the University of Leicester, give an overview of some of the ethical issues raised by data collection in the gaming industry and research undertaken in the gambling studies field. / read more

About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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