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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 7
(July 2014)


The Gambling Commission (GC) has addressed whether operators who block access to UK consumers can engage in non-remote advertising of remote gambling without a UK licence, updating its position via its FAQs on 18 July to reflect a ‘general presumption against non-remote advertising of unlicensed gambling.’ / read more

The European Commission issued a Recommendation on 14 July, which sets out principles aimed at providing further protection for the consumers of online gambling services. The principles look to encourage Member States regulating online gambling to adopt a high level of protection for consumers and for the promotion of responsible advertising. / read more

Malta requested on 18 July an opinion from the European Court of Justice on the compatibility of the ‘illegal sports betting’ definition, contained within the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, with EU law. / read more


The UK Gambling Commission published in June its long awaited guidance note on gambling software, entitled ‘What is gambling software,’ which seeks to offer clarification on the type of software requiring a licence, amongst other things. Tom Grant of Harris Hagan analyses the guidance in detail. / read more

Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, provides detailed insight into the ongoing debate within Pennsylvania’s legislature about whether to authorise or ban online gaming in the state. Susan pays particular attention to the findings of the recent study commissioned by Pennsylvania’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on ‘The Current Condition and Future Viability of Casino Gaming in Pennsylvania’ and how the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is preparing should i-gaming become legalised in the state. / read more

With the enactment of the Betting (Amendment) Bill 2014 now imminent, remote bookmakers and betting exchanges providing betting services to Irish customers will soon be required to obtain a licence in Ireland, regardless of whether or not they have any physical presence here. They will also be liable to pay tax on betting transactions with Irish customers. The Bill, which was initiated by the Minister for Finance in 2012, will apply to betting operators only. By Joe Kelly, Partner at A&L Goodbody. / read more

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (‘GBGA’) confirmed in June its intention to seek a judicial review of the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014. Jason Chess of Wiggin LLP examines the background to the GBGA’s potential claim and how the zeitgeist of online gambling regulation may influence the success of such a challenge. / read more

Media reports state that online gambling in China soared during the recent World Cup. Interest was so intense that gambling income in Macao significantly declined, causing a major blow to the bottom line of major casinos that normally rely on a steady flow of high and low rollers from mainland China. The punters seem to have put their money into online gambling on the World Cup, with revenue at the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’) government run lottery site increasing by over 80% during this period. Steve Dickinson and Arlo Kipfer of Harris Moure PLLC, China, explore the upsurge of online gambling in China during the World Cup given that gambling is illegal in China. / read more

With a population of 38 million, California is poised to become the largest intrastate location for online poker. Yet disagreements have kept legislation enabling online poker from being enacted so far. The ‘Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014’ aims to find consensus and is currently in the Californian legislature. Although the draft bills making up the Act have considerable tribal support, a major issue remains over the use of ‘bad actor’ provisions in the bills. Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP examines the controversy created by the ‘bad actor’ clauses and the overall outlook for i-gaming in California. / read more

Joăo Alfredo Afonso and Bruno Santiago of Morais Leităo, Galvăo Teles, Soares da Silva, analyse Portugal’s proposed online gambling regulation with a particular focus on the provisions relevant to foreign online gambling operators. / read more

The online gambling market is one of the most competitive niches online and, as a result, the use of search engine optimisation or SEO to improve brand awareness is big business - one only has to look at the number of companies offering to improve the visibility of, and traffic to, gambling websites. By Anna Mathias, Barrister, Licensing and Gaming Team, at Joelson Wilson LLP. / 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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