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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 7
( 2011)


Offshore gambling operators selling or advertising online gambling products in the UK should be regulated, the UK Government announced on 14 July. / read more

The EU has recently expressed doubts regarding the compatibility of several draft Member States gaming laws with EU legal principles, rejecting their potentially discriminatory character. / read more

US Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ), both politicians who have previously addressed US e-gaming issues have asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to clarify its position on the matter. / read more


It seems that the aftermath of the Black Friday events, in the US, which saw the indictments of several poker platforms for fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling is never-ending. Alderney and France, two jurisdictions that authorise the provision of online gambling services in the EU, have suspended FullTilt Poker's operating licence in their respective territories. In the words of Andre Wilsenach, CEO of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, "the decision to suspend the e-gambling licence was in the public interest...because of the seriousness and urgency of the matter". / read more

France / read more

On 18 July, the EU Commission rejected the draft legislation for a new gambling regime in Germany, the New State Treaty, as proposed by most German Federal States in April. Despite the EU Commission's Opinion not having been made public, there has been much speculation and criticism of some of the measures the draft text proposes, notably regarding the treatment of private operators. Barbara Ploekl, Principal Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, discusses the EU Commission's detailed Opinion, the current state of play and what can be expected in the months to come. / read more

The UK is the world's most mature online gambling market and is continuing to grow as more people switch from land-based to online gambling. However, as the industry grows, there are also public health concerns that an increasing prevalence of gambling could have negative impacts on young and other vulnerable people. The 2011 British Gambling Prevalence Survey reported a problem gambling rate of 0.9%, up from 0.6% reported in 20071. Whilst these figures and gambling prevalence surveys globally indicate that the majority of people gamble responsibly, the absolute numbers of problem gamblers are large in public health terms. One of the key features in place to protect vulnerable gamblers is self-exclusion - a system in place whereby the player requests from the operator to be excluded from playing on a platform for a certain amount of time. However, self-exclusion processes suffer from major weaknesses, and given the UK Government's recent announcement to reform the UK's gambling laws, now is the right time for the industry to re-think its approach to self-exclusion, as Simo Dragicevic, CEO of Bet-Buddy, discusses. / read more

Some in the internet gaming industry may feel they barely had time to absorb the magnitude of the indictments made public by the Department of Justice, in Manhattan, in April, before federal authorities in Maryland jumped into the act. On 23 May, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland announced indictments1 against two enterprises and three individual defendants under the Illegal Gambling Business Act ('the Act')2 and federal anti-money laundering laws3 - ten internet domain names were seized along with the contents of several international bank accounts. Stuart Hoegner, Managing Director of the Gaming Counsel Professional Corporation, analyses these indictments in light of similar ones in New York (NY) and discusses their implications. / read more

On 28 June 2011, French and Italian online gaming authorities (the ARJEL and AAMS, respectively) entered into a Cooperation Agreement ('the Agreement') in Rome. The purpose of the Agreement is to organise and implement between the regulators a cooperation and information sharing process to strengthen their control and improve regulation in the field of online gambling. Annabelle Richard and Clément Gautier, of Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, discuss the scope and impact of such an agreement in light of the specificities of the respective national markets. / read more

The betting and gambling industry is an aggressive market evolving constantly, with mergers and takeovers taking place all the time. Guy Lougher, Partner at Pinsent Masons, discusses the key merger control issues that should be considered before any transaction can be completed. / 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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