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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 11
(November 2012)


The Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC) issued on 5 November a notice for unlicensed online operators to cease operations in Greece by 6 December or receive a maximum €500,000 fine and potentially a custodial sentence. The move, which would also blacklist non-compliant operators, has received European Commission approval, but angered the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which has threatened legal action over what it views as an attempt to protect the monopoly of the Hellenic Football Prognostics Organisation (OPAP). / read more

A member of the White Bear First Nation launched a tribal online gambling offering in the provincial Canadian state of Saskatchewan on 6 November, despite online gambling being prohibited in the province. / read more

The Singaporean government is to review online gambling regulations, S. Iswaran, a Minister, announced on 17 November, intending to safeguard citizens and to achieve legal clarity. / read more


The Tolkein estate and publisher HarperCollins have filed an $80m lawsuit against Warner Brothers this month over alleged exploitative merchandising of The Lord of the Rings brand in online and casino gambling games. / read more

The European Commission has adopted the Communication ‘Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling,’ which sets out the future of online gambling regulation in Europe. In particular, Member States will continue to have the ability to regulate their own markets, subject to their conformity with the EU Treaties. Morten Ronde and Pierre Tournier of Policy Action Limited, and Annabelle Richard and Anne-Sophie Mouren of Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, offer an industry and a legal view respectively on the Commission’s Communication. / read more

US Indian Tribes took a large step forward in their involvement in the legalisation of internet gaming in the US, when in July the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing to discuss the regulation of gambling from brick-and-mortar casinos to the internet. Christopher L. Soriano, an Associate at Duane Morris LLP, discusses the draft legislation the 'Tribal Online Gambling Act of 2012', which intends to start the discussion surrounding the inclusion of Indian Tribes in the legalisation of internet gambling in the US. / read more

The world of online gaming may not be the most obvious place of operation for money laundering criminals, but this is an area where such activity can still occur despite the insulation the sector - by its very nature - provides. Mark Dunster, a Partner, and Tabreez Ahmed, an Associate at Carey Olsen examine the threat of money laundering within the online gaming sector and assess the impact of the EU's Third Money Laundering Directive. / read more

Over the last five years, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has pronounced several decisions on gaming licences, setting out a system of detailed rules. These criteria are now settled case-law and are quoted by the CJEU and national courts, as Martin Arendts, Attorney at Law at Arendts Anwälte, explains. / read more

Sportsbet's online betting kiosks - ‘Betboxes' - have been the subject of controversy ever since the first appearance of a 'Betbox' in May 2010 in Ballarat, Victoria. The state and the exclusive wagering operator, Tabcorp, argued that the hotel contravened state law under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Victoria), and while a Federal Court ruled in Sportsbet's favour, the full Federal Court of Australia overturned the decision and effectively banned the 'Betbox'. Bill Brown, Principal at Rockwell Bates, discusses the latest decision. / read more

Match-fixing has increasingly and, arguably, quite erroneously, become synonymous with betting in the minds of many. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), the betting industry's integrity body, sets out the timeline and key issues in the development of the International Convention on match-fixing and betting. / read more

The State of New Jersey’s recently passed Sports Gambling Law is set to legitimise sports betting inside the state, but the bill faces a challenge from a group of American professional and collegiate sports leagues, who argue that it is in violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Griffin Finan, an Associate at Ifrah Law, looks at the details of this challenge and its likelihood of success. / read more

Cyprus’ Betting Act 2012 provides for a complete ban on on-line gambling in Cyprus, despite hopes that the new legislation would enable the regulation and much needed protection for citizens partaking in on-line gambling, which prior to the Betting Act had escaped definition by the law. Christos O. Ioannides, a Partner at Angelides Ioannides Leonidou LLC, and David K. Schollenberger, Head of Gaming at Healys LLP, discuss the background to gambling in Cyprus and the prospect of the legalisation of online gambling in Cyprus. / 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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