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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 8
(August 2014)


News

The UK’s Gambling Commission (GC) launched a consultation on 7 August, which seeks views on proposed new social responsibility measures that gambling operators must provide. The consultation comes at a time when many of the revisions to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) have just come into force and operators are preparing for the new point of consumption regulatory regime to kick in on 1 October. The GC has commented in the accompanying press release ‘that not all the proposals in this consultation are for specific changes to the LCCP at this stage, although many are.’ / read more

The Danish Gambling Authority released on 6 August its figures for Q2 2014, which reveals that estimated gross gaming revenue (GGR) from Danish online poker has decreased to DKK 40M from DKK 50M in Q2 2013, a decline of 20 percent. / read more

PayPal is to return to processing payments for the US online gambling market in the “coming months,” according to sources referred to by OnlinePokerReport’s Chris Grove on 6 August. / read more


Features

On 4 August, the UK Gambling Commission enacted a raft of wide-ranging changes to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (‘LCCP’), with which all operators licensed by the UK Gambling Commission must comply. In this article, Andrew Danson and Elizabeth Dunn of K&L Gates discuss some of the key changes, what they might mean for operators, and the basis on which they are being introduced. / read more

The European Commission (‘EC’) released on 14 July its Recommendations for the protection of consumers in the online gambling sector. The Recommendations have been praised as an initial step towards a more harmonised European market for online gambling services. Dr. Andreas Leupold of Leupold Legal discusses the Recommendations and the challenges ahead. / read more

Cambodia’s Law on the Suppression of Gambling has been interpreted by the country’s government to mean that online gambling is illegal in Cambodia. However, while operators cannot advertise their services in Cambodia, they are not held responsible if Cambodian nationals use their services in Cambodia, and so the situation is somewhat ‘grey.’ As Rutherford Hubbard of VDB Loi explains, three draft laws have been released by Cambodia’s government, two of which might affect the future of online gambling in Cambodia; in this article, Rutherford discusses whether either of these draft laws could heighten or lower the risk for online gambling operators offering into Cambodia. / read more

In June, the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority made a series of policy changes, effective immediately. These changes indicate the Authority’s desire to react efficiently to the ever developing remote gaming sector; the changes have therefore been nicknamed the ‘quick wins.’ Dr Christopher Dalli of Gonzi and Associates, Advocates analyses each change in turn. / read more

On 11 March 2014, the European Parliament proposed an amendment to the European Anti-Money Laundering Directive including new requirements for operators of online gambling. Some of the requirements in the proposal are similar to those at national level in Germany; the Federal Ministry of Finance had already announced in 2012 its support for introducing the German approach at EU level. Under the German Anti-Money Laundering Act (the ‘AML Act’), operators of online gambling have to fulfill strict requirements, such as extensive identification measures at the player registration stage. Online gambling companies, however, fear they could lose potential players. Licensed operators may apply for an exemption from AML requirements under the AML Act if risk adequate measures are in place. / read more

On 29 May, the Minister of Finance published a draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act (‘Draft Amendment’). If enacted, it will allow EU gambling operators to obtain a licence in Poland to offer online betting, and, if other proposed amendments to the Act are also enacted, online poker and lottery games. This would represent a significant change to the current regime in Poland, as Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel at DLA Piper, explains. / read more

The Dutch gambling regulations have been under scrutiny for over a decade. On 11 July the Dutch government gave the go ahead for far-reaching reforms. To that end, the government submitted the legislative proposal on remote gambling (the ‘Online Gaming Bill’) and policy documents to Parliament. Roelien van Neck, Mariska van de Sanden and Arnoud Knijnenburg of Bird & Bird LLP, summarise the main features of the Online Gaming Bill and the policy documents, and set out the next steps that need to be taken in order to reform Dutch gambling policy. / 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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