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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 3
( 2012)


As the second operator pulled out of the French market in less than two months, calls for reforms to the French licensing regime are growing. On 12 March, Italy-based Microgame announced it has handed its French licence back to ARJEL, the country's gambling regulator, even before it had launched any gambling activities in France. / read more

The UK Government's annual budget, announced on 21 March, will see remote gambling taxed at point of consumption rather than the current point of supply, meaning operators based offshore will have to start paying duties on profits generated from UK-based customers. / read more

Supporters of the German sportsbetting monopoly suffered another blow, on 14 March, when the Administrative Court of Neustadt in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate ruled that close down orders issued to private operators as well as Germany's sports betting monopoly are both unlawful. / read more


The blur between social gaming and gambling has increased. The recent growth of social gaming alongside the rise of social media has seen social betting and gambling-like games become the new craze for many gaming companies, allowing users to play games for free, compete with friends and purchase virtual currency and goods. In 2011, Facebook pinpointed casino games as a top category for growth in its social gaming offering. So where does gambling depart from social gaming? / read more

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The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) issued its hundredth eGambling license last week. Sophie Cameron talks to Robin Le Prevost, the Director of eCommerce Development for the States of Alderney, about Alderney's success in regulating eGaming. / read more

Cloud computing is transforming business infrastructure and the way information is accessed online. The potential for gambling in the cloud in 2012 is both a very real innovation and a grey area in regards to regulation. Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University, examines the benefits of cloud computing for the online gaming industry and discusses the early movers, who have already established a cloud computing solution. / read more

The proposed Greek gambling law has instigated a number of complaints from gambling associations, concerning amongst other things unjustifiable restrictions and taxation requirements for remote gambling operators entering the Greek market. Krystallia Iatridou, an Associate at Karageorgiou & Associates, evaluates the current confusion in Greece and the action being taken by the European Commission to ensure Greece's online gambling market is fair. / read more

Italian gambling regulations have caused a stir with the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), following a number of court cases looking to clear up ambiguities in the legislation. One such case involved Costa and Cifone, and whether the Italian authorities have a right to protect the market position of existing gambling licensees at the expense of new entrants to the Italian market. Martin Lycka, a Legal Adviser at Betfair, discusses the details behind this particular case and where it stands in regard to EU law. / read more

A recent decree in France is the country's latest legal tool in the fight against illegal, unregulated gambling websites. Under the Decree, such websites can be blocked for French customers. Annabelle Richard and Clement Gautier, of Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, examine whether the new rules are an appropriate solution or will be a source of further disputes. / read more

Black Friday is now synonymous with the move by the Department of Justice to seize five US poker domains believed to have violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, engaging in fraud and money laundering to process transfers. The aftermath of this notorious case has left uncertain tax implications for those customers who have yet to receive their winnings. Brad Polizzano, an Attorney at Karen J. Tenenbaum, discusses the current US tax policies, the ambiguities and the likelihood of repayment following the Black Friday events in April 2011. / read more

South America is a growing market and operators are increasingly looking at the large and potentially lucrative markets in many South American countries. Matt Jellicoe, a Director and Founder of Offsidegaming, discusses how operators and gambling businesses should approach South America's individual markets and examines how operators can work with strategic marketing partners across South America by building bespoke brands and solutions for any given market. / 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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