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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 3
( 2011)


The EU Commission released its long-awaited Green Paper on online gambling in the Internal Market on 24 March, sparking comments around the EU as to what extent it could influence the regulation of online operators in Member States. / read more

An online poker Bill that would allow land-based casinos to form agreements with offshore operators, including those who take bets from US customers, was introduced in the US State of Nevada on 10 March. / read more

The German Heads of States agreed, on 11 March, to open up the German sports betting market to private operators, indicating that the end of the current Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG) is near. / read more


At a time when many jurisdictions around the world are considering how they can benefit financially from opening their markets to online operators, China is going in exactly the opposite direction. / read more

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Greece / read more

The last year has seen the emergence of a certain level of dissatisfaction with the provisions of the 2005 UK Gambling Act, which many feel is 'over-regulatory' and 'out of date' with technological advances in the gambling world. David Clifton, Partner at Joelson Wilson LLP, discusses whether the UK Gambling Act needs to be amended to better reflect recent changes in the gambling industry landscape and analyses the purported justifications behind the British Government's proposals to change the regulation of online gambling in Great Britain. / read more

As part of its strategy to limit the growth of internet gambling and linked social and economic problems, Norway introduced more than two years ago a law banning the processing of payments between Norwegian players and non-licensed online gambling operators. Anne Mette Hjelle, Head of Information at the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority, analyses the effects of this law, since it came into force in June 2010, and examines the outcome of a preliminary inquiry led by the Authority in February into the impact of the payments' ban. / read more

Online gambling is a legal, regulated business in the UK and a number of other countries around the globe. Precisely because it operates in an electronic medium, it can be subjected to a level of oversight that far exceeds what can be applied in a face-to-face environment where cash is the norm. Rick Smith, Head of Government Affairs, Policy and Regulation at UC Group, discusses the process through which online gambling payments are regulated. / read more

The mutual recognition of licensing requirements and the cooperation between Member States are 'hot topics' in the EU online gambling market - and also topics the Court of Justice of the EU has to examine on a regular basis. Thomas Talos and Nicholas Aquilina, of Brandl & Talos, discuss the recent 'Dickinger and Ömer' case and examine the conformity of Austrian gaming legislation with EU law. / read more

The French gambling market opened to controlled liberalisation just under a year ago and operators have been working ever since to meet the regulatory requirements of transparency and accountablity set up by the French gambling authority, the ARJEL. However, compliance with these requirements has proven tougher than first expected, as Esther Cochrane, Director of Game On Marketing, discusses, using the example of France Pari, one of the 35 licensed organisations currently operating in France. / read more

With interest in internet gambling fast on the rise in the United States, special interest groups in the nation's capital are spending more and more money each quarter to lobby for its legalisation. What is interesting to note is that the US gambling lobby seems to be low on the lobbying hierarchy, being vastly outspent by other categories of interest groups, such as those related to transport or energy. Chris Krafcik, an independent gambling analyst in the US, discusses the US gambling lobby's influence on the industry. / read more

The day before last year´s New Year´s Eve marked a milestone in the reform efforts of the Spanish Government to regulate the Spanish online gambling market. / 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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