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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 5
( 2010)


An Amendment to the Hungarian 1991 Act on the Organisation of Gambling has banned card games involving money as games of chance - as opposed to games of skill - from 1 May 2010. / read more

The European Commission (EC) is closing a series of legal cases against Italy. On 5 May, the EC said it no longer objects to Italy's gambling legislation after the country agreed, in December 2009, to open its online sports betting market to foreign operators. / read more

The States of Jersey voted, on 21 April, in favour of a report - introduced on 9 March by the Minister for Economic Development - that propopes to make online gambling legal in Jersey. The Minister for Economic Development has now been given the go ahead to make provision for the regulation and licensing of e-gaming within the Gambling Law 2000. / read more


Recent events in the US gambling market have shown authorities were taking a more liberal approach to e- gambling. Discussions over several federal and state Bills to regulate the practice of e- gambling have created "a recent explosion of legislation", in the words of Linda Shorey, a Partner at K&L Gates. / read more

Despite previous efforts to prohibit internet gambling, the US has reviewed its position as the Congress - and several States - are in the process of enacting Bills to regulate internet wagering. Linda J. Shorey, Anthony R. Holtzman and Robert A. Lawton, of K&L Gates, examine the latest legislative developments in the USA. / read more

France has recently opened up its gambling market to a 'controlled liberalisation' process, based on strict licensing conditions. Thibault Verbiest, of Ulys, and Paul Bougnoux, of Largillière Finance, examine in detail how the application process overseen by the ARJEL, the French regulatory authority, will work. / read more

The restriction of gambling activities to 'designated casinos' has brought confusion regarding the legality of many games in Russia and, most importantly, regarding the status of poker. This particular activity has appeared online, despite online gambling being illegal in Russia. Roman Zykov, Senior Associate at Hannes Snellman Attorneys, discusses the legal uncertainty surrounding poker in Russia. / read more

The principle of the primacy of EU law is highly questioned in the Winner Wetten case, currently pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Should national regulations - that are contrary to EU law - be applied for a 'transitional period' to avoid an unacceptable legal vacuum until new regulations are enacted? Thomas Talos and Markus Arzt, of Brandl & Talos, examine whether such a temporary suspension of the primacy principle is justified. / read more

Social networking sites have contributed to the creation of more opportunities to stay in contact with friends and, more importantly, to make money. Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor at Nottingham Trent University, discusses how the development of social networking platforms has also impacted gaming opportunities. / read more

In January 2010, the UK Government announced a new licence system for gambling businesses based overseas but operating in Britain. Julian Harris, a Partner at Harris Hagan, looks at the UK regulatory and licensing framework and examines what the future for such online operators in the UK will look like. / 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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