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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 15 Issue: 2
(February 2016)


On 2 February, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of the GB Gambling Commission (‘GC’) addressed the ICE Totally Gaming summit as part of the World Regulatory Briefing, and outlined issues the GC will focus on during 2016. Harrison highlighted addressing specific failings with regards to marketing and advertising by online gambling operators and promoting the implementation of comprehensive and concise T&Cs that are easily accessible to consumers, as important points of action for the GC. / read more

The Colombian gaming authority, Coljuegos, published on 4 February a proposed resolution aimed at licensing online betting services in the country. The proposal was open to comment until 15 February. / read more

The Russian Ministry of Finance has announced its intention to increase tenfold the tax on gambling and to introduce a 10% levy on online betting revenues, as reported on 12 February by Russian media. / read more


The saga of Germany’s attempt to grant sports betting licences to operators continues. This time, the spotlight is on a new decision by the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) of early February: C-336/14 Ince, 4 February 2016. The Court was obliged to provide advice on several questions regarding the former and current German sports betting regulations upon referral by the criminal division of the Local Court of Sonthofen in southern Germany. The result is yet another and possibly the final blow to the current German regulation, as Marc Oliver Brock of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, explains. / read more

The RGA on its approach to taking the Scheme forward / read more

The Australian government is soon expected to release the report from the O’Farrell review into illegal offshore wagering (‘Review’), as well as its response to the Review. The Review was announced in September 2015, with the report provided to the Australian government on 18 December 2015. Three key issues considered by the Review were ‘in-play’ betting, mechanisms to address the impact of offshore wagering operators and credit betting. Separately, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’) has referred a complaint about ‘in-play’ betting products to the Australian Federal Police (‘AFP’) for the second time in six months. Tony Rein and Alistair Green of Thomson Geer Lawyers analyse the topics addressed by the Review, its possible impact and the separate ‘in-play’ betting complaint. / read more

The recent sponsorship deal signed between the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (‘KNWU’) and the Swedish online betting company Unibet domiciled in Malta has led to much discussion and commotion in the Netherlands. Even politicians have got involved. At the time of the deal, Unibet did not have the necessary online gambling licence in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the contract was signed. Michiel van Dijk of CMS Derks Star Busmann looks at the consequences and at the pro’s and con’s of the sponsorship deal against the backdrop of the impending liberalisation of the gambling market in the Netherlands. Is the integrity of the KNWU and sports in the Netherlands at risk if agreements with online gambling companies like Unibet are allowed or tolerated? / read more

Cambodia’s government is currently drafting a new casino law that could impact the offering of online gambling in the country. Tiv Sophonnora of R&T Sok & Heng Law Office describes gambling’s status in Cambodia and the changes the new law could bring. / read more

Pursuant to the Online Dispute Resolution regulations adopted in May 2013, the European Commission established a European Online Dispute Resolution platform through which consumers of online services and products may resolve arising disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods. From 15 February, online gambling operators based in the UK or elsewhere in the EU (including Gibraltar) now must comply with the Online Dispute Resolution website regulation. Susan Biddle, David Konviser and Nick Allan of Kemp Little LLP review the recently implemented Online Dispute Resolution website and its implications, obligations and procedures applicable to consumers and online gambling operators. / 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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