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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 9
( 2011)


The German State of Schleswig-Holstein (SH) has approved a new gambling law. On 14 September, SH's Parliament narrowly voted in favour of legislation that fully opens up the state's e-gambling market. / read more

Dissatisfaction has been brewing in France for quite some time over the 'restrictive' turnover tax regime in place for internet gambling operators - currently set at 8.5% of turnover. / read more

Social networking website Facebook announced on 29 August it has made changes to its advertising guidelines and is now allowing online gambling ads. / read more


News emerged just days ago that one of the three companies involved in the Black Friday events, Full Tilt Poker (FTP) not only allegedly engaged in money laundering, illegal gambling and bank fraud, but could also have been conducting a 'Ponzi scheme' using player funds. / read more

Ireland / read more

As a result of the exponential growth in online gambling, the industry is a multi-billion dollar economy, where vast sums are exchanged on sporting events across the world. However, whilst the growth in online gambling has created some advantages for professional sport, many believe that it has also spawned a disadvantage which threatens to propel it towards endemic levels of corruption. That disadvantage is match-fixing. It is against this background that Peter Limbert, an Associate at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (UK) LLP, considers four issues: (i) how match-fixing came to prominence through online gambling; (ii) whether match-fixing is unique among other forms of sporting corruption; (iii) the extent to which it is addressed in existing sporting and legal systems; and (iv) whether other measures are available to prevent match-fixing from eroding the integrity of sport. / read more

United States policy towards gambling online continues to baffle Europeans, who confidently expect Washington to fall into line with the members of the EU and legalize internet gambling despite repeated enforcement by federal agencies of prohibitory law. In the view of the authors, Eugene Christiansen and Sebastian Sinclair, of Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC, European expectations for a relaxation of federal prohibition are unrealistic. / read more

A new law regulating the Greek online gambling market has recently come into force, amidst widespread criticism about its overly restrictive character. It seems that the law has come at an awkward time, with some commentators advocating the liberalisation of the Greek market to bring in much-needed revenue and others wanting to protect the Greek market from over-exposure to gambling services. As more EU countries regulate the online gambling marketplace, the reform of the Greek online gambling market, which comes amidst the Greek financial crisis, still contains a great deal of practical, technical and legal uncertainties, as Krystallia Iatridou, Attorney at Law at Karageorgiou & Associates, discusses. / read more

Romania is once again in the gambling news, months only after adopting its controversial law regulating the domestic internet gaming market. Indeed, the Romanian Government recently added some requirements that all participants in the country's gambling industry need to comply with if they wish to operate in Romania - requirements that have also been the topic of much debate in the EU. Ana-Maria Baciu and Iulia Ghita, of Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, discuss the latest legislative changes and discuss their impact on the Romanian market and in the EU. / read more

The UK Government has launched a consultation on its proposals to expand the Gambling Commission's powers to share information on suspicious betting patterns with international sporting federations. Andrew Danson, a Senior Associate with K&L Gates, examines why the current provisions for sharing suspicious betting information with sport need changing and the justification for this, explaining the reasons why certain sporting bodies have been chosen to be added to the list. / read more

Since one single French court recently ruled that poker is not a game of chance, the whole world believes this is the French position on the matter. However, this decision is a mistake. Firstly, because of the nature of the court that gave the verdict. Secondly, because of the criteria that were used to base the decision on and, thirdly, because the judge ignored the terms of both the 2010 Act regulating the French online gambling market ('the Act') and of a 1983 law on games of chance ('the 1983 Law'). / read more

One can see from the latest British Gambling Prevalence Survey, made public in 2010, that problem gambling is still very much an issue in the UK. Despite the need to exercise caution when interpreting the surevy's results, it nonetheless sparks the question as to what the Gambling Act 2005 does to help reduce and combat problem gambling, as well as identify who the concerned groups of people are. Liz Karter, Therapist at the Level Ground Therapy, examines some possible causes of problem gambling as well as the implications it can have in practice. / 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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