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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 2
( 2012)


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled it is against European Union (EU) laws for Member States to 'discriminate against new operators under the aegis of consumer protection', the EU's highest court ruled on 16 February. / read more

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has issued a legal challenge to the Greek Government's proposed taxation regime for online gambling, co-signed by operators Bet365, Betfair and William Hill, on grounds 'that the proposed taxation measures are unconstitutional', the RGA said in a statement on 15 February. / read more

The US State of Mississippi has introduced a gambling bill that aims to regulate all online gambling activities in the state, including online poker. On 22 February, Bobby Moak (Democrat) filed House Bill 1373, the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act 2012. / read more


Only this month, the National Casino Industry Forum (NCiF), the UK body representing the interests of over 90% of the UK's land-based casino operators, issued a statement criticizing the UK's gambling laws. / read more

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Regulatory developments aplenty, European institutions are gradually moving towards an EU wide regulatory framework for online gambling. How far these European institutions are proactively pushing for that framework however is debatable. Matthias Spitz, an Attorney at Melchers, discusses the significant European developments affecting the online gambling market and how far changes made by the associated regulatory bodies are reactionary. / read more

The Spanish online gaming market is in disarray following the introduction of its new gambling legislation, which prohibits the offering of online gaming in Spain without a license. Contrary to popular belief, applications for licenses in the wake of the new law have been non-existent. Widespread confusion has escalated amongst online gaming providers, both those willing to comply with new legislation and those operating as part of the black market. Cristina Romero de Alba, Partner at LOYRA Abogados, examines the widespread confusion and evaluates the impact and aftermath of the Gaming Law on the Spanish market. / read more

The mood between American sports leagues and regulated sports wagering took another turn, in November 2011, as voters in the US state of New Jersey approved a referendum to amend the state's constitution to permit sports betting. Are we about to see the slow shift towards legalised sports betting in America? Ryan M. Rodenberg, Assistant Professor of Sports Law Analytics at Florida State University, examines the complex relationship between US Sports Leagues and sports gambling, and whether the potential for legalised sports gambling will ever surpass the fear of corruption within genuine sportsmanship. / read more

Amendments to the Estonian Gambling Act 2009 have been underway for a number of years and are currently at the legislative process in the Estonian Parliament. They aim to sew up the loose ends within the online gambling market and provide much needed clarity for online gambling operators both at home and offshore. Silja Elunurm, an Attorney at Glikman & Partners, discusses the current regulatory landscape and analyses the proposed changes to the law. / read more

Since the Creutzmann report of October 2011, the question is not whether the European online gambling market requires more regulatory cooperation between Member States (the general consensus is that there is a need), but where exactly to prioritise regulatory cooperation first. Many different players within the industry have differing opinions on this issue. Annabelle Richard, Partner at Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, discusses the need for regulatory cooperation and the differing priorities and interests of the parties within the industry. / read more

The Hungarian Parliament adopted at the end of 2011 a series of bills that comprehensively amends the country's gambling act. The radical changes, which have now come into force, are widely expected to have grave effects on the Hungarian gambling market. Although the amending bills deal with several aspects of the Gambling Act, Gabor Helembai, Partner at Forgo, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm, discusses in this article the two main issues of the amendments: online gambling and slot machines. / 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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