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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 15 Issue: 6
(June 2016)


News

France notified the European Commission (‘EC’) on 3 June 2016 of Article 41 bis of its draft Digital Bill, which would amend French gambling legislation to allow the pooling of online poker liquidity. / read more

On 18 May 2016, Bill 74 became law in Québec, allowing Loto-Québec, a government agency and the province’s sole authorised online gambling operator, to create a blacklist of illegal gambling websites. All ISPs will be required to block access to the blacklisted websites within 30 days of the list’s publication (expected to be in June) or face a fine of between $2,000 and $100,000. / read more

The draft administrative regulations for the Russian Federal Tax Service (‘FTS’) were released on 26 May 2016, specifying how the government body will supervise and control online gambling operators, betting offices, lotteries and other risk-based games. / read more

The South Australian (‘SA’) Government will introduce a point of consumption (‘POC’) tax for gambling operators offering into SA, announced as part of the State Budget on 23 June 2016, which will see bets taxed at their source, in order to capture tax revenue from overseas and interstate operators taking bets from SA residents. The POC tax, which is set to come into force on 1 July 2017, will see all gambling companies offering services into SA taxed at 15% of their net wagering revenue. / read more

The implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, on 24 June 2016, on the online gambling market and remote gambling operators is far from clear. The UK’s move to leave Europe has cast substantial uncertainty on online gambling operations based in Gibraltar and could mean that there is nothing to prevent Member States from imposing barriers on British online gambling operators. The exact shape of the UK’s relationship with Europe post-Brexit and the ramifications for gambling operators will depend on the negotiations to come. / read more

The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament passed on 7 July 2016 the Netherlands’ draft Remote Gaming Bill (‘Bill’), which paves the way for the country’s regulated online gambling and betting regime, presuming the Dutch Senate also approves the legislation. / read more

A move by the European Commission (‘EC’) to bring forward the implementation of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (‘4AMLD’) from 26 June 2017 to the end of 2016, announced as part of the EC’s adoption on 5 July 2016 of a proposal on further changes to the 4AMLD, has added to the concern in the gambling sector about the transposition of the 4AMLD in the UK. / read more


Features

Sarah Harrison joined Britain’s Gambling Commission as Chief Executive on 1 October 2015 following 16 years at energy regulator Ofgem. In this exclusive article written for the World Online Gambling Law Report, Sarah - who has just been awarded an MBE for her role at Ofgem - explains how her previous experience in regulation is standing her in good stead, what the gambling landscape looks like 18 months after the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 came into force, and the challenges ahead. / read more

The gaming market in Greece has been thoroughly regulated pursuant to Law 4002/2011. This framework set for the first time unified regulatory rules on the casino gaming market, online betting and video lottery terminals (‘VLTs’). / read more

On 2 June 2016 a bill was introduced into the Belgian Federal Parliament that would amend the Belgian VAT Code to narrow the VAT exemption for games of chance, bets, lotteries and money games. The effect would be that the VAT exemption would continue to apply only to a more restricted category of gaming transactions than at present. The Bill has drawn criticism, with some commentators questioning the legality of the new VAT regime. Pieter Paepe of Astrea in Brussels outlines the Bill and discusses the criticisms put forward. / read more

The GB Gambling Commission (‘GC’) has announced new and amended Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice in relation to the prevention of crime associated with gambling. Nicola Bridge and Leor Mizrachi of King & Wood Mallesons Solicitors discuss these and the possible impact on online operators. / read more

The Czech Republic has finally adopted the new Czech Gambling Bill, which allows for the entry onto the Czech market of online operators based in EU/EEA Member States. This new Bill will come into force as of 1 January 2017. Zdeněk Beránek, Partner at Peterka & Partners, explains that the general reaction by international operators so far has been positive, but also describes the conditions operators will need to meet under the Bill’s provisions, which may require substantial investment by applicant operators. / read more

High hopes were raised when the Minister of Finance announced a few months ago that he would take a look at the Polish Gaming Act with a view to drafting an amendment. When the Bill was revealed on 25 May 2016, hopes were crushed as the proposal is in fact a material amendment to the Gaming Act. However, instead of providing more liberal rules on online gambling, as expected by many, it actually sets out new restrictions and requirements applicable to the gaming industry and those who provide such services. In addition, the Bill does not change the gaming taxation rules that are deemed inappropriate or the advertising rules that provide for an almost complete prohibition on any form of public advertisements for online gaming. / read more

An arbitration award by a sole arbitrator recently approved a submission by the State of Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma as to the legality of internet gaming in which the server is located on Indian lands in Oklahoma and the players are located outside of the US. Graydon Dean Luthey, Jr., Partner at Gable Gotwals, discusses the award and the questions it raises. / 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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