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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 8
( 2010)


The approval of Bill H.R. 2667 on the regulation of internet gambling on 28 July by the US House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee - one of the three committees to which it was referred - has been hailed as a step forward in the attempt to legalise internet gambling in the US. / read more

Online gambling businesses can no longer operate in South Africa (SA) without the risk of being prosecuted. Experts claim many operators may suspend their online activities following a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on 16 August. Judge Tuchten ruled that online gambling players, operators, payment processors and internet service providers are in breach of Article 11 of the National Gambling Act 2004 ('a person must not engage in, or make available, an interactive game except as authorised'). / read more

A 23 August Report commissioned in September 2009 by the Dutch Ministry of Justice to an expert working group - the Jansen Committee - to review Dutch gambling law has supported the legalisation of online poker in the country. / read more


France has a new weapon in its efforts to make sure only online licensed gambling businesses operate in the country. A French court ruled on 11 August that ARJEL, the French gambling regulator, has the power to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block unlicensed gambling websites. / read more

Differing points of view on how illegal gambling should be defined in the EU have led to a fragmented regulatory approach in the Member States. Marcos El Charif Ph.D., Associate at Harris Hagan, examines the multiple aspects of the relationship between EU law and national systems in defining illegal gambling. / read more

Demands emanating from the Israeli Police to back internet service providers blocking access to gambling websites have raised many questions. The most important one is whether the Police are, under Israeli law, authorised to do this. Michael Barnea, Partner at Barnea & Co, argues why existing laws do not give the police these powers and explains the current legislation applicable to online gambling businesses. / read more

The fragile balance underlying the EU subsidiarity principle is none the more visible than in the area of gambling, where Member States are attempting to preserve their national specificities amidst EU-level regulation. April Carr, Associate at Olswang LLP, discusses how the 'division of labour' works in the gambling industry. / read more

Online gambling businesses - and, by association, their users - are a popular target for cybercriminals. Fake lotteries, identity theft and stealing virtual money are problems many online operators face. Mark Johnson, Executive Chairman of The Risk Management Group (TRMG), discusses the latest developments within the gambling industry and what companies should do to minimise such risks. / read more

With 27 Member States - and the same number of regulatory regimes - the EU is not the unified gambling market observers would have expected. Tom Lippiett, Associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, examines how the 'fragmented' market could evolve in the future. / read more

In light of the recent financial crisis, the Greek Government and the gambling market are assessing the respective merits of a state monopoly and of the liberalisation of the market. Krystallia M. Iatridou, Associate at Karageorgiou and Associates Law Firm, examines the current Greek regulatory system and predicts how it could change. / read more

It is impossible to ignore the major developments that have occurred over the past few years - technology, and our relationship with it, has transformed the way we talk, write, read, listen, work, communicate, travel, pay, bet and gamble. / 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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