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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 8
(August 2013)


News

The UK government published on 16 August a summary of the responses to the consultation on the taxation of remote gambling at place of consumption, an amendment that will add approximately £300m per year to tax revenues, states the announcement by HM Treasury, with gaming operators taxed at a rate of 15% on profits from UK customers. / read more

Hans Ljungkvist, Chairman of Svensk Travsport, which owns the Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board (ATG), stated on 21 July in an interview with Sveriges Radio AB that ATG is seriously considering setting up i-gaming operations offshore to offer gambling services to the Swedish market, despite its current monopoly on horse race betting in Sweden. / read more

Greece completed the sale of a controlling 33% stake in gambling company OPAP on 12 August, a move that could see the European Commission progress with concerns regarding the incompatibility of Greece’s online gambling monopoly with EU law. / read more


Features

The general consensus over the course of 2013 thus far seems to be that California will eventually regulate online gambling of some kind, and that the question now is when, and how: this year, three bills have been developed, all of which propose to regulate i-gaming in California in a different way. / read more

Since the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) unveiled its proposed internet gaming regulations in June, they have been the subject of intense scrutiny by stakeholders including casinos, vendors, and members of the interested public. Until the 2 August the DGE invited the submission of comments and suggestions for its consideration before issuing the regulations in final form. While the comments will not be made public until the regulations are finalised - and there is no set date for that to happen - we have an idea of the areas of concern from the DGE's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage, as Sarah Coffey, an Associate at Ifrah Law, explains. / read more

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill 2013 proposes to change how remote gambling is regulated in Britain, from the current 'place of supply' to a 'place of consumption' basis. The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent in December. Andrew Cotton and Tony Coles, of Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, discuss updates relating to the Bill and responses to the Government’s consultation. / read more

In July, Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence announced the details of a new gambling regime for Ireland. New legislation will now be drafted and presented to the Irish Parliament, with a likely enactment date of 2014. Dr Max Barrett, a practising Irish Solicitor, examines this new legislation and the shape of the gambling regime likely to follow. / read more

It is widely predicted that significant revenues will be made by those who are able to convert social gamers into real-money gamblers. Stuart McMaster, a Partner at Mishcon de Reya, considers the legal implications in the UK of turning a casino-style social game into a real-money gambling product, and whether social games will retain their essence once converted. / read more

Online auction games (often called penny auctions) have become very popular in Germany and are offered in a plethora of types (variations of eBay, unique bid auctions, reverse auctions etc.). In a recent decision, the Administrative Court of Appeal of Baden-Wuerttemberg held that auction games may be regarded as illegal gambling and could therefore be prohibited by the competent authority. In older decisions, civil courts already had decided that contracts between a penny auction operator and a customer might be null and void. Martin Arendts, of Arendts Anwälte, explains the relevant case law and its consequences. / read more

The UK has seen a spate of unfavourable adjudications concerning gambling advertisements recently, raising the question as to whether an increasingly saturated market is losing its self-regulatory touch under the pressure of increased competition. Jason Chess, Partner at Wiggin, examines the issues. / read more

Online gambling has been regulated in Estonia for three years and boasts one of the lowest tax rates in Europe at 5% of net profit. However, Estonia still suffers from a high level of problem gambling and struggles to limit the prominence of illegal operators. Kaupo Lepasepp and Mihkel Miidla of the Estonia office of Sorainen law firm, provide an insight into the current situation in Estonia in regards to online gambling, and the proposed legislative amendments that are currently being debated. / 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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