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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 9
( 2012)


The Draft Act to repeal the Schleswig-Holstein Gaming Act and adopt the Interstate Treaty on Gambling was submitted to the European Commission (EC) on 6 September, by the Government of Schleswig-Holstein, “stipulating that the Gaming Act [once revoked] will continue to be applied to licences that have already been granted,” said Matthias Spitz, Attorney at Melchers. / read more

A New York Federal District Judge ruled on 21 August that poker is mostly a game of skill, so does not constitute gambling under the Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA), in the case of United States v DiCristina. / read more

British betting operator Betfair filed a formal complaint with the European Commission (EC) on 10 September, regarding the recently adopted Cypriot gambling legislation, ‘which could lead to betting exchanges being prevented from operating in their current format in Cyprus,’ reads a statement by Betfair. / read more


The French gambling market may have opened up with the advent of the French Gambling Act in May 2010, but this month, regulatory body ARJEL granted licence annulments to four more private operators, as the exodus from the market, which began last year, continues. / read more

185 British Olympic and Paralympic medals (63 of them gold), the most British Olympic medals since 1908, the first ever British Tour de France winner, the first British men's singles Grand Slam winner for 76 years, the first British men's singles Wimbledon finalist for 74 years, a British1 US PGA Champion and two British world number ones this summer in golf, and (at different times) the world's number one ranked cricket team in all formats. The summer of 2012 has been arguably the most successful ever in the history of British sport. However, prior to the start of this memorable sporting summer, it was feared by many - IOC President Jacques Rogge included - that match-fixing could become one of those enduring memories. / read more

In Spreadex Limited v Colin Cochrane, the court ruled that a spread betting company's contract was not legally binding, which resulted in Spreadex failing to recover Ł50,000 in loss making trades. The decision highlights the need for gambling companies to put in place simple, legally binding Terms and Conditions, as Robert Goldstone, a Senior Associate at Walker Morris, explains. / read more

The move from a point-of-supply to a point-of-consumption tax for online gambling companies serving UK consumers was announced in July 2011 and had been expected for some time. The UK Government's Culture, Media and Sport select committee published a report in July 2012 which (as part of a wider review of the Gambling Act 2005) considered the arguments for and against the move. Richard Armstrong, an Associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, reviews the points raised by the various consultees of the committee and the possible legal challenge to the proposal under EU law. / read more

More than twenty five years ago, gaming in the United States faced a conundrum as Indian Tribes and States debated the legality of gambling on tribal lands. The issue culminated in a landmark decision in the United State Supreme Court, California v Cabazon Band of Indians, 480 U.S. 202 (1987), and eventually led to the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Pub. L. 100-497. / read more

Facebook introduced its first real money online gambling application in August enabling users in the UK, over the age of 18, to gamble through the social networking site. The Bingo Friendzy app however has caused concern about whether the presence of real money gambling on social networks will put minors at risk. Dr Mark D. Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University, discusses the risks and research. / read more

In its third preliminary ruling concerning the Austrian Gambling Act, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on the requirement of prior authorisation regarding the advertising of foreign casinos in Austria. Nicholas Aquilina and Stephan Strass, of Brandl and Talos Attorneys-at-law, discuss the CJEU’s decision. / read more

The situation surrounding gambling in India is complex. Yet emerging from this challenging environment is a substantial case for regulation and a society beginning to consider legalisation. Carl Rohsler, Head of Gambling at Squire Sanders LLP, discusses the potential for legalised online gambling in India, and asks what the next decade may hold. / 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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