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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 15 Issue: 3
(March 2016)


The Legislative Assembly of the State of Nagaland in India passed on 18 March the Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Bill 2015 (‘Bill’), which prohibits gambling in the state but regulates online ‘games of skill’ which expressly includes virtual fantasy sports, poker and rummy. / read more

The Minister Presidents of the 16 German states rejected, during a 17 March meeting, a proposal from the state of Hesse for a new German gambling regulation, which would have reformed the Interstate Treaty, for instance introducing qualitative licensing and abolishing the sports betting licence cap, and enabling the licensing of online casino games and poker. / read more

The British Government in its 16 March Budget proposed to amend the tax treatment of free or discounted online bets in Remote Gaming Duty to become in line with the treatment of free bets in General Betting Duty, in a move affecting online casino and bingo freeplays. If approved this would be effective on 1 August 2017. / read more


The British Government in its 16 March Budget announcement confirmed that it intends to introduce a new funding arrangement for horseracing to replace the Horseracing Betting Levy, a statutory funding mechanism that has been a source of complaint of various stakeholders for some time. The most recent Government announcement marks the latest in a row of Budgets to have dealt with a possible replacement for the Levy. David Zeffman, Partner at Olswang and World Online Gambling Law Report Editorial Board member, discusses the history to the Levy and attempts at its reform, and looks at the next steps for the Government’s new funding arrangement. / read more

On 24 February, the Romanian Government adopted Decision No. 111/2016 through which it approved the methodological norms for the application of its primary gambling legislation (the ‘Norms’). The Norms represent the cornerstone of secondary gambling legislation, forming a workable regulatory regime for gambling operators. Operators can now have a complete picture of the legal requirements and implications of operating on the Romanian gambling market for the long-term. Cristian Radu, Partner at Tuca Zbarcea Asociatii, provides an overview, focusing on online gambling. / read more

The second tranche of changes to the remote gambling and software technical standards (‘RTS’) come into force on 30 April, and consist of new rules concerning auto-play functionality and amended requirements for customer-led reality checks. Nicola Bridge and Leor Mizrachi of King & Wood Mallesons Solicitors discuss the latest changes and how they fit in with the GB Gambling Commission’s focus on social responsibility. / read more

The recent en banc argument held by the full Third Circuit Court of Appeals in February marked the latest installment in the story of New Jersey’s quest to enable legalised sports betting. The Court in this hearing examined the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (‘PASPA’) and its implications for New Jersey. In this article, Christopher L. Soriano, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, examines the various possible directions that sports betting could go in should New Jersey win in this case, including a look at what this could mean for fantasy sports in the US. / read more

Beginning in April, the obligations of operators licensed by the GB Gambling Commission (‘GC’) in respect of customer funds will increase, with all remote operators being required to submit to the GC on a regular basis information about, for example, the institutions where customer funds are held and whether funds are protected in a group arrangement. Ewen Macgregor, Partner at Bond Dickinson, outlines the current operator requirements in terms of customer funds, and explains the changes coming in April. / read more

The Portuguese online gambling market has made several significant opening steps, notably by means of a Legal Framework for online betting and gambling1 (‘RJO’), dated April 2015, and a ‘regulation package’ setting up the rules governing the licensing procedure and other technical aspects of the law. The certification procedure for online gambling technical systems certification entities is also ongoing, with eight entities already certified and approved by the Regulator (‘the SRIJ’). However, there are still two relevant issues that have not been tackled yet that prevent operators from starting operations in Portugal, as the necessary regulatory framework is not completed: the technical system requirements for betting exchanges and the so-called ‘international liquidity’ in online poker. / read more

More and more remote gaming operators are migrating to the cloud. This reality, coupled with the recognition that cloud solutions offer unprecedented advantages yet also pose challenges, led the Malta Gaming Authority (‘MGA’) to launch a consultation on the adoption of cloud solutions by operators. This was to serve as the basis for the MGA’s Guidelines on the Technical Infrastructure hosting Gaming and Control Systems: an innovative set of recommendations relating to the technical infrastructure topologies of, and the use of cloud by, Malta-based online gaming licensees. Malcolm Falzon and Emma Grech of Camilleri Preziosi discuss the Guidelines and how they fit with the MGA’s regulatory objectives. / 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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