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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 5
( 2012)


The Spanish gambling regulator, The General Direction of Gaming (DGOJ), is getting ready for a showdown with internet service providers (ISPs) over the blocking of soon-to-be illegal gambling websites, while businesses are preparing for the country's new tax regime, since the Spanish Ministry of Finance confirmed on 8 May the new regulatory framework will come into force on 1 June. / read more

The US State of New Jersey (NJ) passed an amended version of Senator Lesniak's online gambling bill on 10 May, which aims to legalise online gambling in the state. / read more initiated legal proceedings, on 18 May, against the Belgian State and the Belgian Gaming Commission following substantial financial losses after being added to the black list of websites prohibited from operating in Belgium. / read more


Last week, World Online Gambling Law Report organised the 5th annual Global Gambling Payments Intensive. During the one-day event in central London payment gambling processors, operators, regulators and lawyers came together to discuss issues affecting the gambling payments industry on business, regulatory and financial levels, in the worldwide legal landscape. What became clear during the conference is the rapid growth of the mobile gaming market. Globally, mobile gaming is 'hotter' than ever. / read more

Italy / read more

The sudden rise of social gaming goes hand in hand with the increasing number of complaints concerning the vulnerability of children in pursuit of virtual prizes, which has seen questions raised as to whether regulation is necessary to protect those most vulnerable to gambling-like games, much like gambling regulation strives to do. Stephen Ketteley, a Partner at DLA Piper, examines the social gaming industry and the potential for regulation in a new industry that is not part of the real-money gambling landscape, but offers status-driven virtual prizes instead. / read more

Operators, regulators and players are calling for greater harmonisation and common standards for the European gaming and betting industries. Charles Gerada, Partner at Jeffrey Green Russell, discusses how the industry could benefit from common rules and standards concerning responsible gaming, cybercrime, liguidity and anti-money laundering. / read more

Scottish gambling law is regulated by the UK Gambling Act 2005. However, a number of problems occur when applying this law to the situation in Scotland, as significant differences between England and Scotland were not taken into consideration when the Act was created, inaccuracies that are still yet to be rectified and remain a blight on the Scottish gambling industry, as Stephen McGowan, Director of Licensing and Gambling at Lindsays, argues. McGowan discusses the current situation in Scotland and the necessary amendments to ensure the regulation of Scottish gambling improves. / read more

Until January 2012, Danish gambling regulation was based on a state monopoly, allowing only the state-owned company Danske Spil A/S to provide gambling services within the Danish Market. This changed radically when a new gambling law came into force on 1 January and liberalised the Danish market, as Pernille Nørkær and Maria Thomsen, of Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen, discuss. / read more

The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance expects to gain BGN 100m in tax revenues from online gaming operations in the next year as regulation comes into force. As of 1 July 2012 online gaming will be regulated in Bulgaria following the adoption of a new Gaming Law. The new Law sets out requirements for operators that wish to enter the Bulgarian market, but a number of requirements are yet to be clarified by the Bulgarian Parliament, such as exactly how much tax online operators will pay. Nadia Hristova, a Legal Adviser, discusses the details and requirements of the new Law. / read more

The Austrian Gambling Act has been put before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for the third time to deal with legal uncertainties surrounding the 'Hit and Larix' case. The current case, concerns Austria's ban on advertising foreign casinos and how far such a restriction is compatible with fundamental freedoms guaranteed by EU law. Nicholas Aquilina and Stephan Strass of Brandl & Talos Attorneys-at-law examine the case, its conclusion and the legislation in question. / 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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