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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 11
( 2011)


News

The online gambling industry has responded positively to a European Parliament (EP) resolution calling for greater harmonisation and a European Directive on online gambling. / read more

The state of Nevada has become the first US state to legalise the provision of internet gambling services within its borders, as of early next year. / read more

The Estonian Parliament is in the final stages of considering an amendment to the country's Gambling Act. / read more


Features

Two very important points were made at the event 'Mobile Apps: the Legal Challenges', on 18 November in London: yes, the mobile application platform will be a key area of growth for businesses but the lack of clear and specific regulation on this platform could be a major setback. / read more

Australia
Belgium
Isle of Man/Denmark
Serbia / read more

Protecting consumers was a hot topic at the recent congressional hearings held in the United States on the subject of internet gaming. Witnesses discussed, among many other reasons for regulation, the need to protect player deposits and winnings. Often referenced in support of this need is the inability of poker players to recover the funds in their accounts from two of the three internet poker operators that the US Attorneys Office ('the USAO') for the Southern District of New York took action against on 15 April 2011. Linda J. Shorey and Robert A. Lawton, of K&L Gates, look at the types of regulation that might be used to protect player funds and how they compare. They examine the requirements used by nine gaming authorities in and outside of the US to protect player funds and, more specifically, the actions of the gaming authorities that licensed the gaming entities involved in the action taken by the USAO. They conclude that regardless of the requirements imposed to protect player funds, without vigilant regulatory oversight, player funds may be at risk. / read more

In the last ten years, Gibraltar has become one of the most important online gambling hubs in Europe. But the current gambling landscape in many European countries is changing rapidly and Nyreen Llamas and Jonathan Sanjuan, of Hassans International Law Firm, discuss the impact of these developments on Gibraltar. / read more

The more sophisticated the technology used in the internet gaming industry gets, the more advanced the levels of fraud become. From card fraud to identity theft and misrepresentation, providers have had to adapt the way they manage their businesses, their customer identification procedures and their fraud prevention tools. Andre Malinowski, Senior Payment Consultant at Innopay, examines the main challenges the online gaming industry faces when it tackles the issue of fraud. / read more

Sport sponsorship arguably presents the ultimate platform for the promotion and advertising of the services of the betting sector. It is a natural, logical relationship and one which has certainly not gone unnoticed by many companies operating in the gaming industry, and striving to reach a wider audience and engender a stronger affinity with their brands and products. However, at times, it is also an uneasy relationship, with regular calls from the sporting sector for greater reward from gambling engagement in its events and concerns often raised regarding the threat that betting may pose to the integrity of sport, as Andrew Walsh and Barry Johnston, of SPORT+MARKT, discuss. / read more

The Spanish Council of Ministers approved on 11 November the main Royal Decrees on Licences and Technical Systems as well as the Ministerial Orders on the basic rules applicable to authorised games. Cristina Romero, Partner at Loyra Abogados, discusses the latest developments in Spain's fast-changing regulatory gambling framework. / read more

The legal situation of the gaming market is changing all over the globe with a great focus on responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility. PlayscanTM is a consumer protection IT system, and its main focus is to give the players individual information regarding their gaming behaviour. / read more

In the Dicking and Oemer ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that EU Member States are allowed to introduce gambling monopolies if they are subject to strict government control and the monopoly aims to combat crime and other risks related to gambling. Martin Lycka, Legal Adviser at Betfair, discusses if this ruling is the beginning of the end of mutual recognition of gambling licences. / 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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