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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 7
(July 2013)


News

The Irish government has approved the General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill 2013, published on 15 July, which will repeal all existing betting and gaming regulation and extend the licensing regime to include online gambling. / read more

The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority is leading an expert group, formed in July, to develop a strategy on how gambling should be regulated in Norway, following concerns about technological advances and the applicability of current legislation. / read more

The Hungarian Parliament adopted the remote gambling regulation on 26 June, which includes an amendment removing the requirement for gambling operators to locate their servers in Hungary. / read more


Features

Attempts at a US federal i-gaming bill have not ceased. Last month, Rep. Peter King introduced his ‘Internet Gambling Regulation, Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Act of 2013,’ while on 11 July, Rep. Joe Barton presented the ‘Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013.’ / read more

A draft government bill applicable to consumer law in general, but which contains provisions relating to gambling, was adopted by the French National Assembly on 3 July 2013. It is currently being reviewed by the French Senate. As this draft bill is at the first stage of discussion in parliament, the following statements are subject to change. / read more

Although the possible legislation of gambling services has been considered before in Andorra, gambling has remained forbidden - until now. In June 2013, the Andorran government announced that gambling - including online gambling - would become regulated in the country, with a wide variety of games set to be offered. Albert Agustinoy, a Partner at DLA Piper, examines the background to gambling in Andorra and the aspects of the regulatory framework revealed so far. / read more

With online gaming set to go live in New Jersey no later than November, all Atlantic City casinos have already teamed with i-gaming companies to develop and offer their products. Recently released proposed regulations offer those providers guidance on the necessary capabilities for internet gaming systems. Additionally, providers offering identity authentication, payment processing, telecommunications, and other support services can become licensed or registered under the proposed regulations. / read more

The move towards a sports betting right could sideline the protection of integrity in sports. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), the private betting sector's integrity body, shares his concerns and the need for commercial and integrity issues to strike a healthy balance, without the latter becoming a victim of the former. / read more

In June and July 2013, the Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling created - and subsequently expanded - a 'blacklist' referring to numerous online gambling operators. These operators, it is claimed, offer online gambling services to Bulgarian players without a licence under the Bulgarian Gambling Act of July 2012. Daniela Zareva, a Partner, at law and business consultancy Noblex Schindhelm Ltd., explores the reasoning behind the issuing of the 'blacklist' and how the list will function in practice. / read more

When it comes to internet gambling, Vietnam is a land of great but legally inaccessible opportunity. Justin Gisz, Partner at Frasers Law Company, analyses the gambling landscape in Vietnam, the recent online gambling arrests and the barrier to legalisation caused by the labelling of gambling as a 'social evil.' / read more

The European Commission issued a decision on 19 June which sheds light on the legal classification of parafiscal levies designed to promote sports. The decision concerns a levy instituted by French Gambling Law to promote French horse racing companies, and support the development of breeding. Martin Lycka, Legal Counsel at Betfair, examines the decision, the justification for such a State Aid and how this could be applied to the online gambling sector. / read more

Despite the profound growth in countries looking to regulate online gambling, the issue of enforcement against operators that still choose to remain outside of the regulated markets remains. Aside from ISP blocking and the creation of a blacklist of illegal operators, and the detainment of Norbert Tuefelberger CEO of Bwin.party by Belgian authorities in November of last year, a joined up approach to enforcement seems to be some way away, as Ian Ince, a Gaming Regulation Consultant, explains. / 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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