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World Online Gambling Law Report

Current Issue (September 2015)

Volume: 14 Issue: 9



About World Online Gambling Law Report

The monthly law journal exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming including licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, match fixing, Bitcoin gambling, gambling fraud and security, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

September’s issue of the World Online Gambling Law Report

In September’s issue, our news analysis section looks at the Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing issued by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland and notes that an additional duty of care for gambling operators in their communications to consumers may have been established. We discuss the GB Gambling Commission’s recent warning to operators concerning the prevention of further links between gambling and crime instigated by a settlement with a gambling operator for anti-money laundering failings, and finally we report that payment operator PayPal may be slowly rekindling its interest in the online gaming and daily fantasy sports markets in the US.

Features in this month’s issue include an article by Audrey Ferrie, Legal Director of Pinsent Masons LLP, on the ‘Fees discussion paper’ released by the GB Gambling Commission and the potential changes in fees for some operators. Kurt Retter and Wen Wei Xu, Wolf Theiss GmbH & Co KG, Vienna, comment on the recent decision from Austria’s Highest Administrative Court that determined betting on virtual animal races is a game of chance and the tax implications of this ruling. Marc Gaffan, General Manager of cloud-based delivery platform Incapsula, explains the threat DDoS poses to the online gambling sector and provides a detailed analysis of the measures operators may adopt to protect against these attacks. 

Also in this issue, the Australian government’s review on illegal offshore wagering; the Czech Republic’s revised draft of the national gambling bill; the potential for legalised online gambling in Ukraine, Belgium’s amendments to the gambling framework concerning virtual betting and the impact of the introduction of new merchant category codes in the US.

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