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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 11
(November 2017)


The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) released on 14 November 2017 its Strategy 2018-21 (‘Strategy’), which outlines its five priority areas for the coming years, namely a focus on protecting consumers’ interests, preventing harm to the public, raising standards in the market, optimising returns to good causes from lotteries, and improving how the Commission regulates the sector. / read more

The German Federal Administrative Court ruled on 26 October 2017 that the ban on online casino, scratchcard and poker games under Germany’s Interstate Treaty on Gambling 2012 (‘Interstate Treaty’) is compliant with constitutional and EU law, according to the Court’s press release; the full legal grounds of the judgment have yet to be released. / read more


By enacting Act 42 of 2017 at the end of October this year, Pennsylvania joined the small group of US states to have authorised online gambling. As well as facilitating an expansion of the State’s land-based sector, Act 42 authorises, regulates and taxes online fantasy sports contests, internet gaming websites and sports wagering activities, with the latter only effective in the event that US federal law changes to allow states to regulate sports wagering. Anthony R. Holtzman and Robert A. Lawton of K&L Gates examine in detail the provisions of Pennsylvania’s i-gaming statute, and comment on reactions to the Act so far. / read more

In late October a large number of UK operators received a letter from the Gambling Commission, the Remote Gambling Association (‘RGA’) and the Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’)/Committee of Advertising Practice (‘CAP’), asking them to remove from their websites and from third party media immediately any ‘advertisements likely to appeal to people aged 17 or younger’ (the ‘Letter’). The Letter follows press articles in the Sunday Times and later the Daily Mail, which discuss gambling operators allegedly targeting children through their websites. Carl A. Rohsler, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and member of the Online Gambling Lawyer Editorial Board, explains why in his view the Letter to industry on advertising to children is regrettable. / read more

In the September 2017 edition of Online Gambling Lawyer, Zdeněk Beránek of Peterka & Partners discussed the auxiliary legislation published by the Czech Ministry of Finance following the coming into force of the Czech Gambling Bill at the start of 2017. Here, Zdeněk provides analysis of the Ministry’s Guidelines on bonuses offered by operators and the corresponding tax implications.  / read more

The UK’s Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Ivey v. Crockfords that the poker player Phil Ivey cheated while playing punto banco in the Crockfords Club casino in London. The Supreme Court decision provides guidance on the kind of conduct that, at least in the UK, will constitute ‘cheating’ in the context of gambling, and the relevance of dishonesty in determining this. The Court’s decision also has implications for what will be considered cheating in online gambling in particular. Simon Wallis of Joelson discusses the facts of the case, before exploring what the decision means for online gambling, through the use of a number of examples specific to the remote gambling context. / read more

A new wave of draft rules further regulating games of chance and betting has recently hit Belgium, with a package of measures - consisting of a Bill and three draft Royal decrees - being approved on 13 October 2017 by the Belgian Council of Ministers; the measures include inter alia changes to the sanctioning powers of the Belgian Gaming Commission and strict new rules on gambling advertising. Here, Pieter Paepe of Astrea looks specifically at the Bill and one of the Royal decrees - that which regulates the procedures for operating online games of chance and bets - and provides commentary on each. / 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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