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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 1
( 2010)


The UK Government has proposed new licence requirements for foreign gambling operators who want to serve the British market. On 7 January, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe announced his proposals will force operators, based outside Britain, to apply for a licence from the Gambling Commission if they want to advertise or offer their gambling services to British customers. / read more

Legislation regulating online gambling in Estonia came into force at the beginning of January, following the delayed enactment of specific measures in the Gambling Act 2008. All operators must now apply for a licence to operate in the country - the first licence was issued on 21 January to Baltic casino group, Olympic Casino. / read more

New Jersey Senator, Raymond Lesniak, introduced a bill on 12 January that would enable the state's licensed casinos to extend their offer of games to the online platform for a renewable term of one year. / read more


If you thought online gambling is merely for old, cigar-smoking men, sitting behind their PCs late at night, you need to think again. / read more

Our panel gives their predictions for the online gambling industry in 2010. / read more

US states are increasingly looking to gambling and related activities to boost falling public revenue, despite many national regulations outlawing these practices. Paul Bargren, Elizabeth L. Corey, Howard W. Fogt, Jr. and Miriam C. Beezy, of Foley & Lardner LLP, examine recent developments in the US. / read more

Many firms in the non-financial services gambling sector have, over the course of the last few years, moved operations offshore, primarily to achieve a more favourable tax treatment. Spread betting firms find themselves in a sector regulated by the Financial Services Authority, where a different set of factors will apply to considerations in relation to offshoring. Brian McDonnell, a Partner at Olswang, examines what scope there is for spread betting firms mitigating the effects of more aggressive regulation by going offshore. / read more

Advocate General (AG) Bot recently issued an Opinion, in which he discusses the delicate balance Member States must achieve between the free provision of gambling services and the precautionary principle, under EU law. Martin Lycka, Legal Adviser in cooperation with Betfair, analyses the AG's Opinion and what it could mean for EU gambling regulations. / read more

Fragmented gambling legislation in Spain has triggered efforts to be made at national level to create a harmonised framework for the regulation of the provision of gambling services. Albert Agustinoy Guilayn, an Attorney at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, examines the progress being made to offer a stable regulatory background 'for consumers and operators involved in the provision of remote gambling services'. / read more

On 14 January 2010, the oral hearing for the Austrian Engelmann case (C-64/08), took place before the European Court of Justice. Several licensing systems and gambling market ideologies clashed. Thomas Talos and Arthur Stadler, of Brandl & Talos Attorneys At-Law, outline licensing requirements under European as well as Austrian regulations. / read more

Belgium has recently implemented new gambling legislation that is, in some parts, not compatible with EU law. Some restrictive measures seem to contradict the freedom to provide services on any territory in the EU. Axel Clerens, an Associate at Crowell & Moring LLP, examines the contents of the law, with particular focus on two of the most restrictive measures. / 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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