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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 11
( 2010)


Some countries have always traditionally been associated with a more conservative approach to licencing - France is the prime example. The UK is perceived as more liberal, for the moment, but financial and business conditions in the country could threaten this appeal. It has been rumoured that Betfair could be leaving the UK, due to the increasing costs incurred by UK taxes for some of its operations. The operator would follow in the steps of William Hill and Ladbrokes, who moved to more 'business friendly' jurisdictions in 2009. / read more

The Australian Government has set up a gambling panel of experts, while at the same time announcing it will delay the introduction of internet filters. / read more

Failure to reach an agreement about the new Levy for the 2011-2012 horseracing season has forced the UK Government to intervene. The Horserace and Betting Levy Board and the Bookmakers Committee failed to come to an agreement before the deadline on Sunday 31 October at midnight. The levy for the horse racing scheme - that runs from 1 April 2011 until 31 March 2012 - is now to be decided by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (CMS). / read more


We have been neglecting the hopes and dreams of the US offline industry, concentrating our editorial efforts on online operators. But aren't land-based operators precisely the part of the market who would have the most to lose (or gain) from any liberalisation of the US market? / read more

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In spite of the criticism expressed regarding the application of the 12 May Law on the opening up to competition and regulation of the online gambling market ('the Law'), one may contend that the French Government has reached its goal of fighting against money laundering, gambling addiction and the offer of unlawful online gaming. It took only a few weeks for the newly created national regulatory authority in the online gaming market ('ARJEL') to show its effectiveness in the smooth enforcement of both the Law and its implementing regulations. / read more

The recent mid-term elections in the US have shown the activism of 'special interest groups' in the American political and economic landscape. These groups have sprung in every single industry in the US, with many activists in the online gambling industry helping to shape the gambling debate. Their political influence and financial strength are, without a doubt, key factors in the legislative development of online gaming in the US. Melanie Brenner, Executive Director at Poker Voters of America, examines how lobbies have influenced the development of the gambling industry in the US. / read more

According to recent estimates, the European online gambling market is worth €9.7 billion - a figure expected to reach €22.5 billion by 20151. The EU market, however, is still a mosaic of national systems with their own rules and cultures. Bruce Kilpatrick and Laura Holden, of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, examine the role of the EU Commission in regulating the European gambling market. / read more

Horseracing bodies and gambling industry representatives have recently come into conflict over the future of the horseracing Levy, which imposes a tax on bookmakers in order to fund the UK horseracing industry. Andrew Lyman, Head of Public Affairs at William Hill Plc, comments on the causes and impact of the 'clash' of ideologies between bookmakers and the racing industry over the future of the Levy. / read more

Allowing players to set spending limits would be a solution to tackle the problem of gambling addiction. Dr Richard T.A. Wood and Dr Mark D. Griffiths, two experts in the field of gambling psychology, look into recent research investigating how players react to monitoring their gambling expenditure. / read more

The sports industry cannot prevent the existence of sports betting, in spite of serious issues with the way some betting practices are carried out. Governments are working across the industry to minimise the risks associated with 'dishonest' practices. Jody MacDonald, Solicitor at Couchmans LLP, examines how the industry is promoting integrity and transparency in sports betting. / read more

A number of new laws aimed at regulating online gambling have been passed in former Soviet states since the end of communism. Martin Lycka, who works in Betfair's Legal Department in the Czech Republic, discusses the current legal frameworks in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Poland. / 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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