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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 3
(March 2014)


News

The UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill is expected to attain Royal Assent in May, following approval by the House of Commons on 26 March of an amendment, put forward by the House of Lords, to grant the Secretary of State power to extend the horseracing levy to offshore bookmakers. / read more

The BGC (Belgian Gaming Commission) announced in the Belgian media this month its intention to begin targeting individual players of unlicensed online gambling websites. According to the Belgian Gaming Act, participants of illegal games of chance can be criminally sanctioned with up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to €150,000. / read more

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) published a summary of responses on 6 March received as part of its public consultation into the proposed framework to restrict remote gambling in Singapore. / read more


Features

Jeff Ifrah, Founding Member of Ifrah Law, provides an intimate view of the first Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement in the US, which has seen Delaware and Nevada enter into an agreement whereby players from each state will be allowed to play against each other in an online environment. Jeff, who served as special internet gaming co-counsel for Delaware during this precedent setting agreement, explains its inner workings and importance. / read more

In the promotional lexicon, few words have such a powerful effect on consumers as the word ‘free.’ Small wonder then that many bookmakers make ‘free bet’ offers to attract new customers. By Nick Johnson, Partner at Osborne Clarke. / read more

Ángel Jiménez, a specialist in gambling regulation and a Partner at Asensi Abogados, provides an update on the move towards the regulation of slots and exchange betting in Spain and addresses the criticisms voiced by Spain’s land-based operators. / read more

In conversations about the current state and future of online gambling, the topic of cryptocurrency Bitcoin never seems far away. Certainly the opportunities the cryptocurrency is said to present have caught the attention of many in the industry. Dariy Margaritov, CEO of online gambling software company UltraPlay, discusses the advantages Bitcoin provides for the online gambling sector and outlines the obstacles he sees lying in the cryptocurrency’s path in terms of adoption by the gambling industry. / read more

The French Government adopted on 13 February 2014 the French Consumer Protection bill, following many months of debate. Gregory Tulquois and Jeanne Dauzier of DLA Piper outline the impact of the new law on the gaming sector, and discuss how some of the law’s provisions may not achieve the clarity intended by lawmakers. / read more

The California Legislature is currently considering two bills – AB2291 and SB1366 – to legalise online poker in the state. California Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr., introduced legislation that would authorise online poker in the state and permit Indian tribes with gambling rights to obtain licences. Christopher L. Soriano, Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP, sheds light on the situation in California and discusses the credentials of both bills. / read more

Over the last five years, Italy, France, Denmark, Spain and Belgium have all regulated their gaming markets and allowed online poker operators to apply for a licence in order to offer their services to 190 million potential customers. Article by Michael Donteville, Head of Poker – France, Spain and Belgium at bwin.party. / read more

The Lithuanian Parliament has sought to amend Lithuania’s Gaming Law through multiple draft bills, with the latest being presented on 6 January 2014. Already there are concerns that this latest draft will not comply with EU law and that the bill has not evolved significantly from previous drafts. As Vytė Danilevičiūtė, Senior Associate at Sorainen, highlights in this article, problems remain in terms of the requirements the draft bill would place on operators. / 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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