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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 4
(April 2014)


News

The UK Gambling Commission published the first of three sets of amendments to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) applicable to all gambling operators on 31 March, in ‘Part One’ of its response to consultations held at the end of 2013 on proposed amendments to the LCCP and the protection of customer funds. / read more

The Czech Republic’s Deputy Finance Minister Ondrej Zavodsky has confirmed that the Finance Ministry is drafting a bill to regulate online gambling in the country; the bill will allow casino operators to offer online gambling whilst increasing taxes for casino and slot operators, according to an interview with Zavodsky published by Bloomberg on 16 April. / read more

South African MP Geordin Hill-Lewis published on 23 April the Remote Gambling Bill 2014, a private member’s bill that would legalise online gambling in South Africa beyond the limited current offering of just sports betting. / read more


Features

With Royal Assent for the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill imminent, the UK Gambling Commission’s Chief Executive Jenny Williams explains the changes at hand and how the transition to the new regime is to be managed. / read more

Pierre Tournier, a Consultant at Instinctif Partners, Brussels, part of the Instinctif Partners international business communications consultancy, providing EU affairs expertise in the global public policy offering, particularly on gambling policy and regulation, discusses the progress of the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the concerns for online gambling operators. / read more

In late March 2014, New York state Senator John Bonacic introduced a bill (S 6913) to legalise and regulate online poker in New York. By Brad Polizzano, a Tax and Gaming Attorney, New York. / read more

In the preliminary ruling case C-156/13, Digibet and Albers, the German Federal High Court of Justice asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to examine the territorial consistency of German legislation given the co-existence of the liberal Schleswig-Holstein (SH) gaming law and the German State Treaty on Gambling. The oral hearing took place on 2 April 2014. Nicholas Aquilina and Johanna Köfinger of Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law report from the hearing in Luxembourg. / read more

For the gambling sector, big data’s uses range from tailoring marketing campaigns to combating risk. Richard Paxton, CEO of the Alacer Group, a consultancy which specialises in big data, explains how big data is a weapon in the fight against fraud and problem gambling, and provides an overview of big data’s uses and its future. / read more

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs launched a public consultation on 29 November 2013 seeking views on a proposed framework to restrict remote gambling. Yap Wai Ming, Director at Stamford Law Corporation, looks in detail at the Ministry’s consultation paper and the likely future of remote gambling in Singapore. / read more

Only two state-owned companies are permitted by law to offer gambling to Norwegians in Norway: Norsk Tipping AS and Norsk Rikstoto AS. Formed in 1948, Norsk Tipping AS initially only offered betting on football matches, but today the company offers a wide range of lottery-based games, sports betting etc. Norsk Rikstoto AS is the only company authorised to offer horse race betting. The majority of the revenues generated by Norsk Tipping AS have been used to contribute to the stable and long-term financing of beneficial causes within culture and sports, such as the financing of children’s and amateur sports and teams. By Ole Tokvam, Partner at Bing Hodneland, Oslo. / 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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