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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 1
(January 2017)


EU Advocate General Szpunar (‘AG’) issued on 19 January 2017 his Opinion in the judicial review case brought by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (‘GBGA’) in relation to the implementation of the UK Point of Consumption (‘PoC’) tax regime, finding that the UK and Gibraltar are a single EU Member State for the purposes of the freedom to provide services. In the AG’s view, while EU law applies to Gibraltar, the provision of services from Gibraltar to the UK is what the AG refers to as a “purely internal matter” and as such a restriction on such provision does not engage the right to free movement under the TFEU. / read more

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch announced on 14 January 2017 that British Horseracing will receive mandatory contributions from all major gambling businesses that take bets on horseracing in Britain, following reforms to the statutory Horserace Betting Levy, which must be approved by the European Commission. / read more


New US President Donald Trump is the first Chief Executive of the United States to own gambling institutions. But while some industry observers have hailed his election as a possible boon for the online gambling sector, others have seen warning signs in Trump’s pick of Jeff Sessions as prospective Attorney General, arguing that Sessions’ nomination bodes badly for the online gaming industry. Martin Owens, Attorney-at-Law, considers what Trump’s presidency means for the online gambling sector - if indeed it means anything at all. / read more

On 17 January 2017 the British Gambling Commission ended a consultation on its Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (‘RTS’). The changes the Commission has put forward are wide-ranging and while some are minor and fairly unassuming, other proposed changes are more controversial. David Zeffman, member of the Online Gambling Lawyer Editorial Board, and his colleagues Anna Soilleux-Mills and Alasdair Lamb, all of Olswang LLP, discuss the changes put forward and how industry has reacted so far. / read more

Ralph Topping, former Chief Executive of William Hill, will be speaking at the ICE VOX conference series at this year’s ICE Totally Gaming event in London, which takes place between 7 and 9 February 2017. Online Gambling Lawyer spoke to Ralph to get his views on the state of the online gambling sector as 2017 gets underway, and his concerns about the approach taken by some regulators. / read more

Brian McDonnell, Partner, Financial Regulation at Addleshaw Goddard, provides a detailed account of the regulatory developments concerning leveraged and high risk products available to retail clients across Europe, which includes spread betting, contract for differences and binary options. / read more

Zdenek Beránek, Partner at Peterka & Partners, provides insight into the newly regulated Czech gambling market and the first experiences of the operators. / read more

In December last year the United States District Court for the Southern District of California issued its verdict in the Desert Rose Bingo case, which concerned a real money bingo website set up by the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. The State of California had argued that the website breached the Nation’s tribal compact with California, arguing that it constitutes an activity not authorised by the compact or the federal Indian Gaming Review Act (‘IGRA’), while both the State and the Federal Government filed suit separately arguing that the Nation’s website violates the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (‘UIGEA’) by accepting wagers for gambling prohibited by state law. Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier and Anthony J. Carucci of Snell & Wilmer LLP discuss the Court’s verdict, and explain how the Court order answered a few lingering questions on this area of law that courts had yet to address. / read more

In the first of two articles on the subject of ‘cheating,’ Carl Rohsler, Partner and Head of Gambling Regulation at Squire Patton Boggs and member of the Online Gambling Lawyer Editorial Board, analyses an often overlooked Section of the UK Gambling Act 2005, and considers the wider implications of cheating. / 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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