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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 1
(January 2014)


News

The French Parliament rejected proposed amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill before the National Assembly on 16 December that would allow the cross-border sharing of poker liquidity, whilst passing an amendment to Article L322-2 of the French Internal Security Code that would expand the definition of games of chance, which could see certain social and skill games pulled into the regulatory net. / read more

The Gambling Commission met with UK ISPs including TalkTalk and BT in the week beginning 13 January to discuss the possible use of ‘splash’ pages, to alert users when they visit an illegal online gambling website, on the websites of operators without a UK gambling licence. The ISPs were not however willing to use splash pages; as Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of the Remote Gambling Association, explains: “There is a wider issue about whether ISPs should fulfil this sort of policing role at all.” / read more

The New Jersey (NJ) Division of Gaming Enforcement announced on 14 January its revenue results for 2013, with revenue earned from NJ’s launch of i-gaming on 21 November onwards at $8.4 million, disappointing some analysts whose predictions had been much more ambitious. / read more


Features

The South Australian Government launched an advertising campaign late last year aimed at raising awareness about the harm gaming on mobile devices could have on children. The billboard ad featured a young girl (complete with pigtails and sunglasses) holding an iPad, whilst seated at a poker table surrounded by playing cards and poker chips with the headline ‘Gambling Starts With Games.’ / read more

HM Revenue & Customs published in December 2013 a short overview of compliance and reporting issues that businesses should begin preparing for as a result of forthcoming changes to the operation of UK gaming duties for suppliers of remote betting and gaming, set to come into force on 1 December 2014. Dougie Todd, VAT Director at BDO LLP, breaks down HMRC’s guidance issued so far into three distinct areas and addresses the out-standing issues arising from this recent publication. / read more

In December 2012 Dr Alan Littler and Justin Franssen, now of Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, featured an article in the World Online Gambling Law Report, which explained that the Dutch remote gambling model had been conceived and that its delivery into the world was pencilled in for 2015. A year on, although no precise date can be given for when the licensing regime will flutter into life, it nevertheless seems that 2015 will be a year of remarkable change for the Dutch gambling landscape. Alan and Justin now provide a detailed account of developments and concerns surrounding the impending regulation of the Dutch gambling market. / read more

This is the multi-million Rand question! South Africa has long needed a regulated online gambling dispensation. The fact that it doesn’t have one despite a large and well regulated land-based casino and sports betting industry (the latter also having a regulated online presence) can only be described as baffling. It has been a long and tortuous road but we may eventually be getting somewhere meaningful. By Garron Whitesman, Founding Attorney at Whitesmans Attorneys, South Africa. / read more

With its popularity and reputation spreading globally, Bitcoin has been earmarked by some as a useful tool for the online gambling industry. But some have also set their sights on Bitcoin, worried that the currency is spearheading the use of virtual currencies as an avenue for money laundering. Martin Owens, Attorney-at-Law, investigates just how much truth there is in the concerns. / read more

Bulgaria has introduced a new gambling taxation regime, which came into effect as of 1 January 2014. The aim of the new regime, together with the regulations currently in place, is to make the country attractive for local licensing. Nadya Hambach, Attorney at Velchev & Co, explains why, one and a half years after the Bulgarian Gambling Act was introduced, the tax base for gambling has now been changed, and that by switching to a regime based on Gross Gaming Revenue the future looks better for the Bulgarian online gambling market. / read more

Since the opening of the gambling regime offering open licensing for online gambling in Denmark in 2012, market growth has surpassed all of the Danish government’s expectations. But looking more closely at the gambling market figures there are reasons for online operators to be concerned and a significant decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the gambling market-threatening state-aid case looms, as Morten Ronde, CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association & MD of Policy Action Denmark, explains. / read more

As of October 2013, the newly established Albanian government, resulting from the June 2013 election, has already shown that gambling per se might very well not be welcome anymore. The Prime Minister said in his press release of 25 October 2013 that Albanian society and families are suffering from gambling in general, and overseas online gambling in particular, and are ‘exporting’ annually amounts as high as 500 – 700 million USD. Taking into consideration the fragile public finances, exports of amounts as those mentioned above are a luxury that cannot be afforded. By Gjergji Gjika, Partner, and Bisera Thaci, Associate, at Gjika & Associates. / read more

On 14 November 2013, ARJEL, France’s online gambling regulator, created three specialist commissions – groups made up of both ARJEL members and experts from various fields, tasked with examining new technologies relating to online gambling, player behaviour and match-fixing respectively. Diane Mullenex and Anne-Sophie Mouren of Pinsent Masons discuss the aims and composition of each of these new commissions and examine their creation in the context of the present state of the French gaming market. / 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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