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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 15 Issue: 8
(August 2016)


The GB Gambling Commission (‘GC’) issued amendments to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (‘LCCP’) on 28 July 2016, which include new provisions on AML and advertising that will come into force on 31 October 2016. / read more

Cyprus’ Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades announced on 28 July 2016 that Cyprus is to regulate online betting through a new regulation, allowing for applications for what are termed as ‘Class B’ licences under Cyprus’ Betting Law 2012. The National Betting Authority (‘NBA’) has outlined that the licence application window begins on 3 October 2016 and ends on 3 November 2016. / read more

The Indian Supreme Court ordered on 18 July 2016 numerous reforms to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, in response to recommendations by the Lodha Committee (‘LC’), following the Mudgal Committee’s investigation into a betting and spot-fixing scandal involving the Indian Premier League. The Supreme Court however deferred the LC’s specific suggestion that sports betting be legalised to combat illegal betting to the Parliament. / read more

The UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (‘HMRC’) published on 9 August 2016 a consultation on the tax treatment of freeplays in Remote Gaming Duty (‘RGD’), which contains proposals on how the UK Government will align the tax treatment of free gaming - currently subject to RGD - with the treatment of freeplays within the General Betting Duty (‘GBD’). / read more

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) upheld on 24 August 2016 a complaint against an email advert sent by Ladbrokes, which featured imagery and text relating to the film Iron Man 3 - featuring the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man - with the ASA finding that the ad breached CAP Code rules 16.3 and 16.3.12 as the ASA considered that the Iron Man character’s ‘comic book nature, and the availability of various related toys, meant [the ad] was likely to have particular appeal to children and young people.’ / read more

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced on 24 August 2016 that he is prepared to allow the renewal of gambling licences for online gaming cafés in order to restore online gambling to the Cagayan Economic Zone - a freeport located at the north-eastern tip of the Philippines – “provided taxes are correctly collected.” / read more


Against the background of the EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (‘4AMLD’), which Member States are required to transpose into national law by June 2017, the British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) has published a revised version of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (‘LCCP’) including significant provisions relating to AML, which will take effect on 31 October 2016. Andrew Cotton, Solicitor and Director of Betting and Gaming at Gordon Dadds, analyses here both the new AML provisions within the amended LCCP and how these relate to a number of recent AML failings by GC-licensed operators over the past year or so. / read more

Brazil’s Lower House congressman Rodrigo Maia, an ally of Acting President Michel Temer, has recently won the election to become the speaker of the Lower House, replacing the former speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is involved in a corruption probe. Maia is aligned with the Acting President’s agenda to pass through Congress a number of unpopular belt-tightening measures such as trimming social security pay-outs and capping government spending. The President’s agenda also prioritises voting on a Bill of law - the draft of which was concluded by the Senate in December 2015 - legalising gambling. If legalised, gambling is expected to generate annual revenue of $5 million. / read more

On 7 July 2016 the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament passed the amended Bill on Remote Betting and Gaming (‘Bill’). If the Upper House of Parliament approves the Bill, it will become possible to obtain a licence to offer online betting and gaming in the Netherlands from the second half of 2017. This licence can include, amongst other things, online poker, online casino games and online sports betting. Roelien van Neck and Lisette den Butter of Bird & Bird LLP provide an overview of the current and future regime for online betting and gaming in the Netherlands, and explain recent amendments to the Bill. / read more

The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) is introducing a new licence condition, to take effect from 31 October 2016, requiring operators to ensure their advertising does not appear on websites featuring unauthorised content. Anna Soilleux-Mills of Olswang LLP discusses the background to and implications of this new condition, which has caused concern among operators in regards to how onerous an obligation it represents. / read more

While Slovakia has online gambling legislation in place and unlicensed foreign operators are technically illegal, the lack of effective enforcement in regard to the latter means that the Slovak Government loses out on tax revenue from those companies offering online gambling into Slovakia. The Slovak Ministry of Finance put forward a proposal in July 2016 to try to prevent access to websites offering online gambling illegally. However, the proposal has drawn some criticism. Pavel Nechala and Viktor Klincko of Nechala & Co. s.r.o., discuss the proposal and the arguments made both in support of it and those criticising the Government’s plans. / read more

In July 2016, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (‘NJDGE’) announced that it had tentatively struck a deal with the British Gambling Commission to share online poker liquidity. While the deal is in its very earliest stages, this step forward marks the first foray into international online poker for any United States jurisdiction. / read more

The British Gambling Commission’s Enforcement and Intelligence Team has written to betting operators recently, cautioning them over the way they have been handling novelty bets. / read more

In July 2016, news emerged that Russian authorities had ordered the blocking of two major payment providers operating in Russia, namely Skrill and QIWI; reports circulated that the alleged blocking resulted from the companies’ platforms being used for the dissemination of information referring to illegal gambling websites. The situation has drawn attention to the risks for payment companies operating in Russia and restrictions around online gambling, as Anton Braginets of Dentons in St. Petersburg explains. / 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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