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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 14 Issue: 12
(December 2015)


The Ukrainian Ministry of Finance published on 2 December the draft law ‘On legalization of the gambling market and ensuring budget revenues with the purpose to fulfil social obligations’ (the ‘Draft’), which would legalise gambling including online gambling in the Ukraine following a six-year ban. The Draft was registered by the Ukrainian Parliament on 11 December and will now be considered in Parliament. / read more

On 11 December, just hours after Daily Fantasy Sports (‘DFS’) players in New York (‘NY’) were informed of NY Supreme Court Justice Mendez’s decision to accept the injunction requested by Attorney General (‘AG’) Schneiderman, an appellate court granted a stay on this decision, effectively allowing DFS paid games back in NY. / read more

The Gambling Commission released a consultation on proposed changes to the ‘Testing strategy for compliance with remote gambling and software technical standards’ on 3 December, which includes proposals for the adoption of standard definitions of major and minor updates and proposals to clarify the requirements for roll-out of existing games onto new channels. / read more


On 27 November gambling regulatory authorities from twenty EEA Member States signed a ‘cooperation arrangement,’ designed to formalise cooperation between regulators in different Member States in the absence of a harmonised EU framework for online gambling. The cooperation arrangement should have the effect of reducing operators’ administrative burdens and should address the concerns of regulators around consumer protection. Nick Nocton and Nick McVeigh of Mishcon de Reya LLP discuss the contents of this non-binding arrangement and the major points of interest therein, such as the issue of information-sharing. / read more

A bill seeking to authorise and regulate online gambling in the US state of Pennsylvania has passed the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee, prompting some commentators to speculate that Pennsylvania may be the next US state to realise legalised online gambling. Anthony R. Holtzman and Linda J. Shorey of K&L Gates take a look at this bill - HB 649 - and its various components. / read more

The Indian Supreme Court recently upheld the decision of the Kerala State High Court to ban online lotteries in the State. The judgment not only confirms the conservative position of the Indian Supreme Court with regard to online gambling, but also lays the foundations for other Indian states to follow similar proceedings against online lotteries. Darshita Parekh of Khaitan Legal Associates in Mumbai reviews this decision and comments on the relevance of this precedent for online gaming in India. / read more

With the prohibition of gambling activities in neighbouring countries, the development of the gambling industry in Belarus has been gaining strength, according to Darya Alpern-Katkouskaja, Senior Associate at Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners LLC. The industry is, however, tightly regulated at the state level, and in this article Darya provides detailed information on the state regulation of gambling games in Belarus, including online gambling, and discusses relevant recent developments. / read more

On 28 October, the Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) delivered its rulings in three cases where it was alleged that gambling operators had featured under-25s in gambling advertisements on social media website Twitter, in breach of the CAP Code drawn up by the Committee of Advertising Practice. / read more

Two US states have recently passed legislation or regulations that widen the means and methods by which a patron can wager on sports and/or race events. Namely, Nevada has introduced business equity wagering, while New Jersey has issued its first licence to Betfair for exchange wagering. Mark A. Clayton and Erica L. Okerberg of Greenberg Traurig LLP detail the respective changes in each jurisdiction and the impact. / read more

Few can have missed the recent run of M&A activity in the UK online gambling sector, with deals such as that involving Paddy Power and Betfair. Plenty have commented on the reasons for this wave of consolidation activity. In this article, gambling consultant Steve Donoughue, who runs business and political strategy consultancy Limited and is the Secretariat of the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group, gives his opinion on what gambling industry consolidation means for operators, regulators and consumers. / 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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