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Colorado Bill Targets Internet Sweepstakes Cafés and Similar Establishments

Colorado House Bill 1047 would make internet sweepstakes cafés illegal under Colorado law. The law declares that internet sweepstakes cafés and similar establishments in which simulated gambling devices are used to award...more

Saving to Win Big: Prize-Linked Savings Accounts Are the Newest Promotional Trend

It’s a lottery where you can’t lose, but is it legal? A growing promotional trend being utilized by financial institutions such as banks and credit unions is the offering of prize-linked savings (PLS) products, which provide...more

Further Amendments to the British Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP)

The Gambling Commission has recently published an updated LCCP, incorporating new and updated social responsibility measures introduced as a result of the Commission’s consultation last year. The new version of the LCCP will,...more

Groundbraking new gambling rules upcoming

The Italian Government is expected to outline on the 20th of February 2015 a new package of gambling rules that might considerably change the market. ...more

GB: Gambling Commission closes the book on social gaming regulation…for now.

The topic of social gaming and, particularly, whether “casino-style social gaming” should be regulated has received a lot of attention in the last 2-3 years. Various studies were commissioned including notable studies...more

GB: Gambling Commission moves to strengthen social responsibility requirements

The Gambling Commission has published its response to the LCCP social responsibility review and a new version of the LCCP has also been published in light of this review....more

Singapore: Remote Gambling Act comes into force

The Remote Gambling Act came into force in Singapore on 2 February 2014. On the same day hundreds of online gambling sites were blocked by internet service providers in Singapore. Payment transactions related to unlawful...more

Case By Case

Bait-and-Switch Credit Card Offer - In a variation on the typical “bait-and-switch” scheme, a bank made a promotional offer of a “no annual fee” credit card, then changed the terms mid-year to require such a fee. A...more

Seattle Seahawks Headed for a Second Straight Super Bowl Victory? Yes, According to Unemployment Statistics; No According to...

Predicting the Super Bowl victor used to be easy. You just looked at the city with the lower unemployment rate and who Elijah that lovable orangutan picked and you called it a day. Elijah had picked seven straight Super...more

Betting Integrity: Study seeks to understand which betting products lie at the heart of the matter

An interesting study has just been published by the Asser Institute, which looks at whether any empirical evidence can be found to support the views expressed by certain gambling and sports regulatory bodies that the major...more

The future of sportsbetting after Stanleybet decision

The decision of the European Court of Justice in the Stanleybet case might affect the future of the Italian sportsbetting market during a period when CTDs are still on time to “cure” their status....more

Spain: New deadline for renewal of singular gambling licenses

The Spanish Gambling Authority (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego-DGOJ) has just published (16 January 2015) a guideline with the procedures for the renewal of the singular gambling licenses that where granted in 2012...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2015 (Global)

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce collaboration with Pfizer - On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc, aimed at...more

Germany: Online Blackjack Player Found Guilty of Illegal Gambling

The district court Munich found a Munich man guilty of participation in an unlicensed public game of chance due to his participation in online blackjack games. The player was fined under criminal laws and the funds received...more

New era for the Italian betting market?

The possibility for betting shops run under a foreign gambling license (the CTDs) to be authorised to operate in Italy through a procedure set out by a recent law might open a new page in the sports betting sector. But the...more

Romania: Amendments of the Romanian Gambling Law published today

Just before we say goodbye to 2014, the Romanian Government has passed the Emergency Ordinance no. 92/2014 (“GEO 92/2014?) which amends Government Emergency Ordinance no. 77/2009 (“GEO 77/2009“), the main piece of legislation...more

UK: Government opens lotteries consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation aimed at assessing how lotteries and lottery type products are offered in the British market....more

California Court Grants TRO Against Iipay Nation in Online Bingo Case

On December 12, 2014, Judge Anthony Battaglia of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted the State of California’s Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Iipay Nation of...more

UK: CAP publishes latest advice on gambling advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which write and maintain the UK’s Advertising Codes, has published its latest advice on marketers wishing to place adverts for gambling products. ...more

The Netherlands: massive interest in Dutch remote gambling licenses

As earlier announced, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) called online gambling operators to express their interest in a future license for offering remote gambling in the Netherlands....more

Norway: Government-sponsored report aims to embolden the monopoly

Those in the industry who continue to derive revenue from Norwegian players continue to pay close attention to local developments. Recently, the Government announced measures to adapt the monopolistic regime and a small...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence (Global) - December 2014

BRAND REPUTATION - Global: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall - The power of regulatory authorities to order product recalls is growing, meaning that it is more...more

The Netherlands: highest fine in history for remote gambling

The Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) has published its decision to impose a EUR 200,000 fine on an online gambling operator for offering online gambling targeted to the Netherlands....more

Australia: New Private Members Bill targeting poker machines tabled in Parliament

The Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures) Bill 2014 was introduced to Parliament on 24 November 2014 by Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie. The Bill would provide a strict new...more

Poland: Polish Regulator threatens to prosecute players

On Tuesday, 18 November 2014, the Polish Ministry of Finance published an official announcement on its website warning Polish players that any online gambling games run by foreign operators without a valid Polish gambling...more

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