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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 5
(May 2014)


The UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) bill received Royal Assent on 14 May, meaning that as of 1 September 2014, all operators transacting with or advertising to UK consumers must have a licence from the UK Gambling Commission (GC), with the window for licence applications expected to be open from mid-July to mid-August; the Statutory Instrument providing full clarity on transitional arrangements has yet to be laid before Parliament. Further, the GC published its consolidated, revised Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) on 14 May, to enter into force on 4 August 2014. / read more

Royal Decree 304/2014 was published in Spain’s Official National Gazette on 5 May, and clarifies the scope of AML requirements applicable to gambling operators in Spain. / read more

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians have made agreements on issues surrounding i-gaming in California, including that licensees should operate a maximum of two websites each, following a meeting between both tribes on 15 May. “The agreement on site numbers may let the tribes feel as though they are all on a more equal playing field at the outset,” said Christopher Soriano, Special Counsel at Duane Morris. / read more


The Gambling Commission has now published the ‘Consolidated’ version of its ‘Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice’ (‘LCCP’). These are the terms that apply to British gambling operating licences, including the operating licences that will be issued to operators who currently do not require British operating licences due to them not having any ‘remote gambling equipment’ situated in Great Britain. The ‘Consolidated’ text collates in one document the three separate tranches of ‘Responses’ by which the Commission responded to the original ‘Consultation’ on the LCCP of September 2013. It also reformats the rather confusing mis-en-page of the previous May 2012 ‘Consolidated’ text in an attempt to increase user-friendliness and it also provides an enhanced interpretational apparatus comprising re-numeration and an index. By Jason Chess of Wiggin LLP. / read more

On 22 April the Belgian government notified the European Commission (EC) of three draft Royal Decrees, which aim to further develop Belgium’s online gambling regulation. These three separate Royal Decrees establish rules concerning the type of games of chance that may be offered, the monitoring and control of online events and further limitations to the provision of online games of chance, as Peter Naessens, Director at the Belgium Gaming Commission, explains. / read more

Mark McGuinness has more than 14 years’ experience in digital marketing director roles with both private and public i-gaming operators. He is currently the resident i-Gaming Futurologist for Isle of Man-based Mainstream Marketing & Communications, a digital marketing agency offering business and marketing advice on i-gaming, land based gambling and social gaming. In this article Mark explores the future of online gambling in the wake of the Internet of Everything. / read more

There has been a focus on sports betting integrity issues, as well as commercial issues, this Spring, with the publication of two reports - one on sports betting by Sorbonne University and the International Centre for Sports Security (‘ICSS’) and the other by the ASSER Institute, on behalf of the European Commission, on sports organisers’ rights. Mike O’Kane, Chairman of ESSA, the betting industry’s integrity body, provides some analysis of not only the two aforementioned reports but also ESSA’s own upcoming integrity report, and makes the argument that sports bodies should focus on addressing governance rather than the betting industry. / read more

In April, the UK Government announced that it will review codes and practices relating to gambling advertising. This will include examinations by a number of organisations, among them the Gambling Commission, the Remote Gambling Association and the Advertising Standards Authority, with the Government’s goal being to ensure advertising controls ‘keep pace with developments in the market, provide adequate protection - especially to children and the vulnerable - and remain consistent with public expectations about gambling advertising.’ Nick Johnson and Ben Dunham of Osborne Clarke provide background on the timing of this review and assess what could emerge as a result. / read more

The popularity of TVs equipped with ‘smart’ technology is increasing by the year, and already there have been a number of attempts to bring gambling apps to Smart-TVs. Although gambling on these devices has not become a huge success as yet, this could eventually change. Julien Whyte, Head of Compliance at interactive TV gaming company NetPlayTV, discusses the emergence of gambling apps on Smart-TVs so far, and examines the legal and regulatory issues gambling on Smart-TVs may give rise to, including what the ‘flash point’ issues are likely to be. / read more

The Swiss Federal Council published a draft of its revised gambling law on 30 April. The draft law aims to remove the current complete ban on online gambling in Switzerland and allow for operators with existing territorial casino licences to apply for a licence extension to offer online gambling. Dr. Andreas Glarner and Dr. Luka Mueller of MME Partners analyse the draft law. / read more

Amendments to law No. 224-FZ will legalise online betting, with companies wanting to obtain a licence facing mandatory membership in the Self-Regulatory Organization of Bookmakers (‘SRO’). Following a decision by the government to approve1 amendments to the law No. 224-FZ and send it to the State Duma, many people began to ask the question: what effect will this law have on the sports betting industry in Russia if passed in its current form? Let’s discuss this question from an operator’s perspective and elaborate on the most important changes in the new legislation. / 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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