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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 2
(February 2013)


The US state of Nevada passed on 21 February an online poker Bill, allowing operators to offer online poker to state-based players and players from other states with legal online gaming via implementing interstate compacts. Nevada’s Assembly Bill 114 (AB114) comes as lawmakers in states including New Jersey and Delaware are pushing through online gaming legislation. / read more

Switzerland’s Federal Council announced on 13 February its intention to create a regulatory framework for online gambling, currently prohibited under the Swiss Gaming Act. / read more

The European Commission published the draft 4th AML Directive on 5 February, to reinforce AML rules through the expansion of the legislation to include online gambling. / read more


Legislative changes to facilitate sharing of police information are needed to effectively tackle match-fixing, concluded international police organisation Interpol following its ‘Match-fixing: the ugly side of the beautiful game’ conference in Kuala Lumpur, 20-21 February. “What we now need is for national laws to be modernised allowing the police to share information via Interpol channels while investigations are ongoing so that they can act more effectively,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. / read more

Bitcoin is popping up all over the place now. A currency initially for the tech community to 'mine' and show off their programming abilities, with the advent of exchanges, it has even come to the attention of the European Central Bank. So what is all the fuss about - is it just PR smoke and mirrors or is there more to it? Robert Courtneidge and Vicky Lloyd, of Locke Lord (UK) LLP, look at the legal and regulatory environment in Europe to see where Bitcoin fits and, more importantly, what issues arise for the online gambling industry. / read more

The potential of the latest online gaming bill that has landed on the desk of the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is viewed by some commentators as huge. The successful passing of this bill would not only open up online gambling in the state, but also possibly influence the chances of future i-gaming bills in other US states. Sarah Coffey, an Associate at Ifrah Law, explains what this latest bill entails, analyses Governor Christie's decision and looks at what this means for gaming in New Jersey. / read more

In Germany, all forms of promotion of gambling services are now regulated by Guidelines for Gambling Advertising ('Werberichtlinie'). These new guidelines became effective on 1 February 2013 and give licensed operators more (but still restricted) options to advertise their services. However, the requirement to obtain prior approval for advertising efforts over the internet or on television has been regarded by several lawyers as unconstitutional. In December 2012, the European Commission also voiced objections. This article explains the guidelines and their practical consequences. / read more

On 14 January and 16 January 2013 respectively, ARJEL released the figures for the French online gambling market for 2012 and the New Year speech of its President, Mr. Jean-François Vilotte, who reported on the evolution of the French market. In his speech, President Vilotte also addressed the main issues that the French gambling market currently faces, outlining the regulatory responses that could be contemplated by French authorities. Annabelle Richard and Guillaume Bellmont, of Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, discuss the regulatory responses open to the French authorities. / read more

In its recent Stanleybet judgment, concerning the Greek monopoly OPAP, the CJEU once again harshly criticised national gambling legislation not meeting the requirements of its consistent case law. Nicholas Aquilina and Sarah Pichler, of Brandl and Talos Attorneys at Law, discuss the most recent ruling in which the CJEU puts pressure on Greece and leaves the Hellenic State with, in essence, two options to bring its gambling legislation into compliance with EU law. / read more

As part of the restructuring of the Hungarian gambling regulations, the competent Hungarian Ministry submitted the draft amendment bill of act XXXIV of 1991 on gambling operations (the 'Gambling Act') to the European Commission in January 2013 in order to fulfil its notification obligation. / read more

The difficulty of defining social gaming and social gambling, and consequently analysing exactly where it falls under the law of a specific jurisdiction, is subject to considerable scrutiny at present. In Germany, any given gaming title must be viewed in the context of the Interstate Treaty, which provides a legal framework for the assessment of where social gaming becomes gambling. Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz, of Melchers law firm, discuss the Interstate Treaty as it pertains to such games and how developers might avoid their products being assessed as gambling offerings. / read more

The legal framework for setting up an integrated resort project in Spain, colloquially named 'Eurovegas,' was published at the end of 2012 as part of a huge piece of legislation released by the regional government of Madrid, named 'Law of Fiscal and Administrative Measures,' which was approved together with the relevant budget for 2013. / read more

On 14 February 2013, a federal judge in Trenton, New Jersey, will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which imposes a ban on sports betting in all US states except for those that had their own sports betting schemes in place between 1976 and 1990. Jeff Ifrah, Founding Partner of Ifrah Law, discusses the situation in New Jersey with regards to PASPA and sports betting. / 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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