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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 6
( 2010)


News

The Council of the European Union agreed, on 25 May, on a common definition of 'illegal gambling', as proposed by the Spanish EU Presidency's Progress Report, sent to the Council on 11 May. The EU Ministers in charge of competition - the Competitiveness Council - accepted, with the exception of Malta, that illegal gambling is 'gambling in which operators do not comply with the national law of the country where services are offered, provided those national laws are in compliance with EU treaty principles'. / read more

The 1 June deadline for financial institutions to comply with the payment-blocking ban mandated by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has passed. / read more

The Danish Parliament adopted on 4 June a law that would open up the national online gambling monopoly, by enabling private operators to service Danish customers. / read more


Features

The issue of regulating the online gambling industry was discussed in the Competitive Council (the EU Ministers who deal with competition and the Internal Market), in Brussels on 25 May. / read more

On 23 April 2010, the English High Court ('the Court') at first instance handed down its decision in the 'Stan James'1 case. / read more

The passage of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act has changed the climate in the US online gambling market. What once was 'the' target for publicly traded companies has become a minefield for almost any operator. Jim Quigley, President of the Off Shore Gaming Association, examines the 'US-style' approach to dealing with the issue of online gambling. / read more

The betting and gaming markets in a number of developing nations are growing rapidly, encouraged by their population andf their financial potential. Paul Davis, Managing Director at the Counting House, examines which steps have been taken so far and what to expect in the emerging economies. / read more

The Czech Republic is attempting to address its outdated gambling laws, which are based on a strict state-licensing regime. However, principles put forward for a new, improved regime do not seem to have attracted much support, due to provisions that would tighten licensing and operating conditions even more. Eva Adamcová, Attorney at Peterka & Partners, examines the content of such conditions, and discusses how they will affect the Czech gambling industry. / read more

Ireland is in the process of addressing the issue of online gambling, but views of how licensing and taxation regimes should operate differ greatly. Áine Matthews, Associate Solicitor at LK Shields, examine the different proposals that could shape the future landscape of Irish online gambling. / read more

Many online gaming sites use a wide variety of promotions as a way of attracting new customers and generating repeat patronage. Mark Griffiths, Professor at Nottingham Trent University, discusses whether such promotions are socially responsible. / read more

The Decree governing remote skill games, as well as fixed-odds games of chance and card games not organised in tournament form, was published in the Official Italian Journal on 23 March 2010, after the compulsory standstill period applicable to the EU Commissio notification process - pursuant to EC Directives 98/34/EC and 98/48/EC - elapsed. / read more

The demand for fairness and efficiency testing of online gambling operators by licensing jurisdictions - as well as by the player community - has become stronger over the years. Andrew Beveridge, Chief Executive of e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance - a non-profit player protection and standards organisation - explains why quality standards, checks and best practices are necessary to guarantee fair play. / read more

Online gaming in Spain is a business worth $571 million in 2010, as estimated by global betting and gaming consultants. In the 1970s, before slot machine regulation appeared, a group of businessmen quickly moved into the gaming space, and before regulations came in, they had acquired dominant market positions. Nowadays, there is a similar situation when it comes to online gaming: local and international operators are operating in a legal limbo. They are trying to get a return on investment, realising that, eventually, they will have to adapt to a new regulatory framework. / 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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