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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 2
( 2011)


News

Swedish operator Betsson announced on 8 February it 'has established a business relationship with a local company in China which has set up a joint venture (JV) in the sports lottery related industry together with a Chinese state owned company', the company said in a statement, fuelling speculation that China is beginning to open its online gambling market. / read more

The legalisation of online gambling in the US could be given new hope with the recent creation of two new industry associations, the US Online Gambling Association (USOGA) and the American Institute for iGaming (AIIG). / read more

State lottery monopolies in Germany cannot promote their services as this would attract players rather than protect them - the reason they were created in the first place - the German Federal Administrative High Court recently ruled. / read more


Features

The UK Gambling Commission (GC) presented its British Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010 (BGPS) on 15 February - the first specific data on the current state of play of the gambling market in the UK since the enactment of the Gambling Act 2005, in September 2007. / read more

Spain
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Italy / read more

I have been asked to pick out a few key issues that may shape the character of the international online gambling market over the next 12 months. It is difficult to chart a course between over simplistic generalisations on the one hand and, specific anecdotes that may not actually be straws in the wind, on the other. However, there is a selection of stories that have some way to run. / read more

2011 is shaping up to be a crucial year for many jurisdictions around the world, as they steer towards an open, liberalised market, or continue to preserve dated gambling monopolies. World Online Gambling Law Report caught up with Thibault Verbiest and Geoffroy Lebon, of Ulys and Jamie Nettleton, of Addisons, who give us an overview of the situation in two specific markets, France and Australia. / read more

Gambling is very much a political issue in the US as various industry groups, from legislators to lobbyists and operators, fight to preserve their interests. Lloyd Levine, President of Filament Stategies, and former Member of the California State Legislature who was the first legislator to introduce poker legalisation legislation after the passage of the UIGEA, discusses the politics of a US gambling policy. / read more

The news of the publication of a government report on various options for the regulation of the Irish gambling market, at the end of 2010, came as a mixed blessing for many in the industry. Indeed, the report itself, which merely sets out regulatory 'options', calls for another report. Áine Matthews, Associate at LK Shields, examines to what extent this recent report will impact the Irish gambling industry. / read more

Even if the much discussed 2010 Law opened the French gambling market to competition, it also played a central role in the creation of competition law complications, notably in the area of trademark law. Jean-François Bretonnière and Thomas Defaux, of Baker & McKenzie, look into recent case law on the use of trademarks between new and incumbent operators, and sports organisations. / read more

The UK 2010 Gambling Prevalence Study (GPS), published on 15 February, has shown that there are many different types of attitudes and behaviours towards gambling. What an 'online gambler' is in reality is difficult to ascertain as many factors need to be taken into account. Heather Wardle, Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, and Mark Griffiths, Professor at Nottingham Trent University - who both co0authored the 2010 GPS - analyse the different types of behaviour in the sphere of 'online gambling'. / read more

Simon Halberstam, a Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP, discusses how the recent move by online gaming operators into gaming software and the gradual shift towards market liberalisation (at least in Europe) have changed the nature of multi-jurisdictional partnerships in the industry. One constant, however, is the myriad of legal and regulatory burdens for which operators must be prepared. / 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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