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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 14 Issue: 3
(March 2015)


News

The UK Government confirmed in its Budget on 18 March that the existing Horseracing Betting Levy is to be replaced by a new Horseracing Betting Right, to apply to all bookmakers, regardless of location, who take bets on British Racing from British customers. / read more

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has called for the sale of Greek online gambling licences to foreign operators in order to raise tax revenue for Greece, according to a document leaked to the Financial Times and the AFP news agency in early March. / read more

Ireland’s Betting (Amendment) Act 2015, signed into law on 15 March, will regulate online bookmakers and remote betting intermediaries when commenced by ministerial order. It is expected that the licensing provisions of the Act will commence almost immediately with the enforcement and taxation provisions commencing later in the year. / read more


Features

Last December the UK Department for Culture Media & Sport (‘DCMS’) issued a Call for Evidence on the lottery market. The Call for Evidence is particularly interesting because it raises questions about whether the National Lottery could expand into non-lottery markets, such as for example by offering commercial online gambling and bingo products. Andrew Danson, Partner at K&L Gates, considers the threats the commercial betting and bingo sectors face from the lottery market. / read more

The advent of the implementation of the UK’s Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 has marked something of a new era for the Island of Jersey, whose Gambling Commission has seen serious interest from potential licensees since the Act came into force. Dr Jason Lane, Chief Executive at the Jersey Gambling Commission, explains how remote gambling regulation has developed in Jersey and the principles behind the Island’s regulatory regime. / read more

In a recent case before the Regional Court of Linz, on instruction from the Austrian Supreme Court, the court considered the claim of an Austrian gambler against a Malta-licensed online roulette platform, who sought repayment of the amount of stakes he had lost, arguing that the operator had no Austrian licence and was operating illegally. However, the court dismissed the player’s claim, taking the view that the Austrian monopoly infringes EU law and that the operator was operating legally on the basis of a licence granted in another EU Member State. Arthur Stadler and Nicholas Aquilina of Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law discuss the significance of the decision. / read more

Following French online gambling regulator ARJEL’s change of president, and the arrival of Charles Coppolani, a year ago, a number of discussions were reopened in France about the future of the French online gambling market and, in particular, regarding the online poker market. By Diane Mullenex and Guillaume Bellmont of Pinsent Masons, Paris. / read more

The Irish President signed Ireland’s Betting (Amendment) Act 2015 into law on 15 March. This Act introduces a licensing regime for remote bookmakers and betting intermediaries in Ireland, bringing both online and brick-and-mortar bookmakers onto a more level playing field. Joe Kelly, Maire Conneely and Rowena Caulfield of A&L Goodbody discuss in detail the principle features of the new Act. / read more

Daily fantasy sports contests are a hit in the US, but in some states fantasy sports offerings fall foul of intrastate gambling and lottery regulations. This situation appears set to change however, as states including Iowa and Montana have introduced bills to legalise fantasy sports contests. David O. Klein and Jonathan E. Turco of Klein Moynihan Turco LLP discuss the bills that have emerged and the grey areas surrounding whether or not daily fantasy sports games rely on a significant element of chance in determining the outcome of the contest. / read more

The political parties in Denmark responsible for the Danish Gaming Act (‘Act’) held a series of meetings in the autumn of 2014 to discuss possible amendments to the Act. The result is a proposal for amendments, published in January. A number of these amendments are designed to accommodate betting and online gambling operators, and include a change in the level of annual fees and the opportunity for charity lotteries to operate online. Morten Ronde, CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association, sets out the proposed amendments. / 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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