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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 8
( 2011)


Greece recently adopted its much-discussed online gambling law and quickly published it in the country's Official Gazette on 22 August a matter of weeks only after the EU Commission issued an Opinion criticising the compatibility of some of the initial draft's legal requirements with EU law. / read more

The Gambling Commission (GC) is set to share information with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on suspicious betting activities, the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) announced on 17 August. The legislative changes needed are 'to come in ahead of the 2012 Olympic', the DCMS said. / read more

Texas Hold'em poker is a game of skill, a French criminal court in Toulouse, in Southwestern France, held in a 20 July 2011 decision that could potentially have important consequences for the legal and fiscal regulation of this game. / read more


Drafting the new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG) in Germany has - so far - not been a smooth process. Only last month the European Commission rejected the draft text of a new ITG, stating it was not compatible with EU law. This was followed by a decision of the leaders of the German Federal States to postpone a final decision on the new legislation until October, which means that it becomes even more unlikely a new regulatory framework will be in place before the current ITG expires on 31 December. On top of that, the federal states still have to deal with enfant terrible Schleswig-Holstein. / read more

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The suspension of the licenses of Full Tilt Poker by Alderney's Gambling Control Commission and France's regulator, the ARJEL, in connection with the US Black Friday indictment1 has raised questions about whether and when internet gaming regulatory organizations should take cognizance of wholly extraterritorial conduct without a substantial 'nexus' to the licensing jurisdiction. These questions in turn raise broader issues about the nature and role of internet gaming regulatory organizations around the world. / read more

The UK Government recently announced its intention to overhaul UK gambling laws by introducing new licensing and taxation requirements. Although the plan's impact is not yet known, there has already been much criticism directed towards it, with many operators arguing that it would compromise the rights of UK gambling operators and of the UK market as a whole. William HIll's CEO has even called the plan 'a minefield' that would undermine the UK's competitiveness. Marcos El Charif, an Associate at Harris Hagan, examines what the UK's plans mean for the UK gambling market. / read more

The Council of Europe's Informal Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport Adopted September 2010 Resolution reads: 'Betting operators should be banned from...sponsoring teams or individual competitors if they manage bets placed on competitions in which they are participating'. Gambling operators are amongst the most enthusiastic sponsors of EU sports but sponsorship activities can be restricted by challenging regulatory landscapes. With the EU institutions finally focusing on the regulation of online gambling, Andrew Danson, a Senior Associate at K&L Gates LLP, examines the existing landscape and the potential for change. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union's decision in the Zeturf case has attempted to shed more light on the strict compatibility with EU law of national monopolies as well as on the question of risks related to internet gambling. Martin Lycka, of Betfair, discusses that the ruling in Zeturf has dealt another blow to the theory of 'sanctity' of national (online) gambling monopolies and examines how they can now be sustainable. / read more

Spain's Economy Minister, Elena Salgado, was quoted in the press as saying that "the privatisation [of the Spanish National Lottery] is for efficiency reasons - it will not cut deficits, although it will allow us to reduce the issuance of Treasury debt." This IPO process, the largest one ever to occur in Spain, has attracted many commentators but its practical implications remain unclear - especially as to what the gambling market will look like after the arrival of the 'new' Spanish National Lottery. Cristina Romero de Alba, Partner at Loyra Abogados, examines the context of the IPO process and assesses its future potential impact on the market. / read more

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world by population. Now, the release of Google's own social media platform ('Google+') in June and Facebook for businesses in July serve to further cement social media as a key tool for organisations to gain access to the public. The trend to more innovative and interactive direct marketing using social media platforms should not be feared, and the gambling market is no exception. Danvers Baillieu and Kathryn Wynn, of Pinsent Masons LLP, examine the compliance and business issues posed by the move to social media. / 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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