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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 7
( 2012)


Industry experts have expressed their concerns that match fixing and sports fraud will pose a serious threat to the London Olympics, which are due to start in a few days, since offshore operators cannot be obliged to share information with sporting bodies, the UK Gambling Commission (GC) or the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG). / read more

Member of Parliament Matthew Hancock presented his Offshore Gambling Bill to the UK Parliament on the 25 June, formally claiming a date for a second reading of the backbench-led legislation, to be held on 25 January 2013. The bill aims to amend gambling taxation to point of consumption, which will require offshore operators to pay UK taxes. / read more

US Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl have renewed their efforts to introduce a law that would regulate and legalise online poker activities in the United States. / read more


The debate as to whether social gaming should be regulated has gained momentum ≠ the CEO of William Hill, Ralph Topping, wrote on his blog earlier this month that William Hill will be abstaining from entering the 'potentially lucrative' social gaming market until it's regulated. / read more

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On 19 and 20 June, online gaming regulators from four Member States, France (ARJEL), Italy (AAMS), Portugal (Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa) and Spain (DGOJ), met to discuss their online gambling legal framework and market data with the aim of promoting operational cooperation in the field and enhancing exchanges of information. / read more

Investment in social gaming by real money gambling companies has rocketed, and as such has caused speculation as to whether social gamers will be targeted and converted into real money gamblers. Warwick Bartlett, Chief Executive of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, discusses the big movers in the industry and why he thinks online gambling companies are investing big in social gaming. / read more

The online space has presented new opportunities for the gambling industry and new challenges for land-based casinos looking to maintain and grow their customer base. So much so, large industry players have been investing heavily in the acquisition of online skill sets and adopting online strategies to compliment their physical gambling platforms. John E. Taylor Jr, a Gaming Consultant and Non-Executive Chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, discusses the approaches taken by US casinos to make sure they stay in the game as online gambling and social gaming take hold. / read more

The new cookie law has been in force in the UK for almost two months, and requires websites to gain explicit consent from users before using cookies. However, there are a number of exceptions to the rule that could lessen the burden for online gaming service providers. Simon Halberstam, Partner at Kingsley Napley, discusses the new rules in detail, what they mean for online gambling operators and the focus of the Information Commissioner. / read more

On 1 January 2012 the new Danish legislation on gambling entered into force, providing partial liberalisation of the Danish gambling market, by opening the market up to privately owned betting and online casino operators. Henrik Norsk Hoffmann and Susanne Schjang Bladt, of Om LETT, discuss just how far the new legislation has liberalised and modernised the Danish gambling market and the stumbling blocks that may occur in Europe as a result of the monolopy of parts of the market given to Danske Spil A/S. / read more

Developing a mobile gaming application has the potential to generate huge revenues for tech savvy businesses, however the range of legal traps should not be underestimated. Failure to comply with a range of requirements during development could be the difference between success and legal action. Sarah Needham, a lawyer at Taylor Wessing, sets out the issues for consideration and the potential pitfalls to be avoided when embarking on your gaming app. / read more

Australia's highest court dismissed on 30 March appeals by Sportsbet and Betfair that had challenged elements of the race fields regime in the State of New South Wales. The key elements of the decisions relate to the fee conditions imposed on betting operators under the race fields legislation, and particularly the benchmark to be utilised in calculating the fees payable by operators for use of the race fields, as Jamie Nettleton and Nicholas Rozenberg, of Addisons Lawyers, explain. / 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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