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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 8 Issue: 8
( 2009)


A Bill to allow federally regulated online poker and other games of skill was introduced on 6 August by US Senator Robert Menendez. The Bill, called the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Protection and Enforcement Act, is designed to raise revenue - lost to the recession - for US businesses and the US Department of Treasury (DoT). If enacted, the Act would be regulated by the DoT which would be required to develop regulations to ensure bettors are physically located in a jurisdiction where online gambling is legal. The Act would also introduce safeguards to combat fraud and money laundering. Violators would be punished with fines and/or up to five years in prison. / read more

World Online Gambling Law Report is organising its second Online Gambling & Data Protection Workshop at the London offices of Mayer Brown on 14 October. / read more

PartyGaming - a non-US online betting company - is set to acquire World Poker Tour Enterprises (WPT), a US media and entertainment company involved in gaming-themed televised programming. The $12.3 million deal - announced on 25 August ≠ will also include a revenue sharing agreement over three years. / read more


Senator Menendez's Bill, introduced with the aim to regulate online poker on a federal level, may not have any traction at this time. However, that is not to say that the Bill has no merit and that its introduction does not have some significance. The Bill directly addresses the question of online does legislation to regulate online poker on a state level, prepared by the Poker Voters of America. / read more

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has unveiled its new dual online gambling licensing framework that will see separate licences issued to business-to-consumer remote gambling operations and business-to-business gambling platforms, as of 1 January 2010. André Wilsenach, CEO of the AGCC, examines how the framework distinguishes those activities which take place and are effected by entities within the legal jurisdiction of Alderney from those activities and services rendered by entities outside Alderney's legal jurisdiction. / read more

State-by-state regulation of online poker has recently been discussed by a number of US states to help raise revenue lost to the recession. Melanie Brenner, Executive Director of Poker Voters of America examines how regulation of online poker on a state-by-state basis could financially benefit local governments in the current economic climate. / read more

Over the years, airline carriers have attempted to introduce electronic lotteries on their aircrafts. Stephen Ketteley, a Partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP's betting and gaming team, explores the challenges faced by airlines wanting to introduce electronic lottery products on board. / read more

The Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA) is increasingly being used for the prosecution of online gambling activities, including casino and poker games. Linda J. Shorey and colleagues at K&L Gates LLP, assess how the traditional regulation of online gambling is progressively changing to adapt to new gambling activities. / read more

A regional court in Germany recently ruled that an online raffle was an illegal 'game of chance', even though its participation fee was 50 cents - which makes the online raffle admissible under the German Interstate Broadcast Treaty (RStV). Dr. Wulf Hambach and Susanna Münstermann, of Hambach & Hambach, discuss the differentiation between the RStV, the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling and the German Criminal Law - a process that the court should have undertaken to reach its decision - and examine the legality of '50 cent' gambling. / read more

Betting company, William Hill, recently announced it will be moving its online betting service and online fixed odds games from the UK to Gibraltar. Andrew Morris, a Partner at Walker Morris, analyses the financial and regulatory consequences of the move for UK online gambling and discusses its impact on the UK gambling industry. / 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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