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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 3
(March 2017)


The UK Government’s HM Treasury published on 15 March 2017 a draft of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (‘MLRs’), which seeks to transpose the requirements of the EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (‘4MLD’) into UK law, alongside a consultation on the matter; of particular note for gambling operators is Treasury’s decision to exempt all gambling service providers from the 4MLD’s requirements, except for remote and non-remote casinos. / read more

The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) published its position paper on virtual currencies, eSports and social casino gaming on 15 March 2017, which inter alia states that the existing regulatory framework allows for proportionate control of the risks associated with betting on eSports, reiterates the GC’s push for the industry to self-regulate, and emphasises the need to protect children and vulnerable people as demonstrated by the prosecution involving FutGalaxy. / read more

The heads of Germany’s 16 states signed on 16 March 2017 the country’s new federal gambling treaty (‘NT’), despite the European Commission (‘EC’) criticising the NT as not being ‘a workable solution.’ Under the NT, those 35 operators who applied for a sports betting licence in 2012 will receive an interim concession beginning on 1 January 2018; inter alia the EC has criticised that operators later entering the market would face established operators, and that the NT does not regulate online casino and poker. / read more


The European Commission’s newly proposed ePrivacy Regulation was unveiled on 10 January 2017. Anne Rogers and Simon Halberstam of Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP discuss the proposed Regulation in detail and what it means for online gambling operators and crucially, what they need to do today in order to ensure that they comply. / read more

According to estimates, $4.5 billion changed hands illegally as a result of sports betting on the most recent Super Bowl, just one example of the increasing amounts of money being placed illegally on sports betting in the US. Given the scale of such illegal betting and the beginning of the Trump Administration, amongst other things, some have asked whether the regulatory environment for US sports betting may change in the near future. Marc Ellinger and Stephanie Bell of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C. consider the current prohibitions in place and how New Jersey’s case could change things, as well as looking at daily fantasy sports as an example of how a transition could be made from an unregulated to a regulated betting environment. / read more

With presidential and legislative elections both upcoming within the next few months, and with the recent publication of two reports on the gambling sector by the French Court of Auditors and members of the National Assembly respectively, it seems possible that changes to the French gambling sector could be on the horizon. Rhadamès Killy and Jean-François Vilotte of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés analyse both reports and the potential impact of the elections on the French gambling sphere. / read more

As widely reported in the national press, a recent FA Cup tie saw Wayne Shaw, at the time a reserve goalkeeper for Sutton United, eat a pie on the touchline during his team’s match against Arsenal FC. The incident has led to both Shaw and operator Sun Bets being investigated by the Football Association and the British Gambling Commission after it emerged that Sun Bets was offering 8/1 odds that Shaw would eat a pie during the match, and Shaw admitting that he was aware of the specific bet being offered. The investigation will look at matters of betting integrity involved in the incident, and serves as a test case for the area of novelty bets, which has previously been the focus of regulatory attention: last year the Commission warned operators of the risks of offering bets in novelty markets. Andrew Tait of Gordon Dadds discusses the case and the possible consequences for Sun Bets, and the lessons to be drawn for operators. / read more

Valérie Peano, Attorney-at-Law at European Gambling Lawyers & Advisors, examines forthcoming reforms to the Italian horserace betting sector, which will include changes to betting rules and the creation of a new entity to govern the sector. Valérie provides context to the reforms, including by examining why such a reform has been awaited by stakeholders for some time. / read more

Zdenek Beranek, Partner at Peterka & Partners, reviews a recent court decision by the Czech Constitutional Court, which looked at a complaint by a group of Czech parliamentary deputies who stated that aspects of the new Czech Gambling Bill - in particular the requirement for ISPs to block access to certain unlicensed online gambling websites - are not in accordance with Czech constitutional law. / read more

In his second article on the theme of ‘cheating,’ Carl Rohsler, Partner and Head of Gambling Regulation at Squire Patton Boggs, considers how the concept of cheating varies from one type of gambling to another and whether this has wider implications for the relationship between operators and their customers. / 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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