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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 7
(July 2017)


The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) announced on 23 June 2017 that it is launching enforcement action against a number of online gambling operators suspected of contravening consumer law in connection with their gaming promotions for new players and certain aspects of their free bet promotions. The CMA has also opened a new line of enquiry into possible obstacles that consumers face when trying to withdraw funds after gaming or betting online and has identified concerns relating to ‘dormancy’ charges some firms apply to players’ accounts after a period of inactivity, or terms which remove funds from inactive accounts. / read more

The Supreme Court of the United States (‘SCOTUS’) announced on 27 June 2017 that it is to hear New Jersey’s appeal to allow sports betting in casinos and racetracks within the state, an activity currently prohibited in US states, except four states granted immunity, by the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 (‘PASPA’). / read more


Carl Rohsler, Member of the Online Gambling Lawyer Editorial Board and Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, and Elsa Haj Houssain, also of Squire Patton Boggs, discuss the FA’s recent decision to terminate its commercial sponsorship with Ladbrokes Coral. / read more

The Great British Gambling Commission has published (in two parts) its conclusions from its ‘Regulatory data’ consultation, confirming plans to change certain requirements for the disclosure of data via regulatory returns. Nick Nocton and Gemma Boore of Mishcon de Reya discuss the details of the new requirements and the implications for operators. / read more

The implementation period for Europe’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive ended in June 2017 and brought with it expanded obligations for businesses exposed to money laundering risks, which includes gambling service providers. Dr Lea Maria Siering, Salary Partner at Taylor Wessing, discusses the obligations imposed by the Directive in the context of gambling and its application in Germany. / read more

The ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) on 13 June 2017 in relation to the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association’s (‘GBGA’) second judicial review of Great Britain’s place of consumption (‘PoC’) remote gambling licensing regime and associated tax regime very nearly brings to an end several years of judicial challenge by the GBGA. The CJEU ruled that Great Britain and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar should be considered as a single EU Member State for the purposes of the freedom to provide services. In considering this ruling, David Clifton, Director at Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited, provides a timeline of the GBGA’s challenges of the British PoC regime that led up to the CJEU ruling. / read more

The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) has now published its response document to its earlier consultation on changes to the ‘Remote gambling and software technical standards’ (‘RTS’), alongside an updated version of the RTS. This consultation drew some positive feedback from industry for some of the measures therein, while other measures caused concern. Alasdair Lamb of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP analyses the updated RTS, and looks at how the GC has reacted to some of the industry’s concerns, such as around the proposal to prescribe more specifically the gambling and account history that must be made available to players. / read more

The Law of the Republic of Armenia (‘RA’) regulates online games of chance, which includes provisions on the licensing procedures, state duty and a long list of restrictions. Such requirements relating to online gambling have however only been adopted very recently and to some extent the approaches may be argued to be ambiguous and strict. Dr Aram Orbelyan and Lilit Karapetyan of Concern Dialog law firm outline in this article the general approach to games of chance and casinos under the legislation of the RA and the recent legislative amendments, namely the determination of an increased rate of state duty and the creation of a wager registry. Finally, Aram and Lilit reflect on the issue of online gambling advertising, which presumably has been omitted from the legislative amendments. / read more

Recent, significant changes have seen a monopoly introduced for online gambling in Poland, except for online betting and promotional lotteries. Anna Wietrzynska-Ciolkowska and Wojciech Bieganski of DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. detail the changes, which include as of 1 July 2017 the operation of a blacklist of infringing operators. / 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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