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The Netherlands: update on the reformation of the gambling market

Recently, the Council of Ministers approved to the plan of the State Secretary for Security and Justice, mr. Teeven, to reform the Dutch games of chance market. The current policy on games of chance will be modernized...more

10 Popular Reads Covering Latest European Union Developments

Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more

EU: Commission recommends principles to Member States to promote effective protection of consumers

On Monday 14th July, the European Commission issued its Recommendation for the principles that Member States should consider adopting for the further protection of the consumers of online gambling services. In 2011,...more

GB: latest Gambling Commisson FAQs published

The Gambling Commission has published its latest set of FAQs. A key addition is the confirmation of the Commission’s expectations in terms of the presentation by B2B operators of their risk rationales....more

Poker runs are finally legal in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law the Poker Run law, which ended a two-year crusade to make it easier to use poker runs to raise money for charities....more

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

BETTING AND GAMING - Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Denies Boston Mayor’s Request For Delay

The Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners unanimously agreed that the competition for the only Boston-area casino license will push on. On July 2, 2014, the Commission held a public hearing to discuss a request by Boston Mayor...more

GB: What is gambling software?

The Gambling Commission has published a guidance note aimed at assisting the industry determine what constitutes “gambling software” and which entities within a supply chain require a licence from the Gambling...more

Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act 2014: Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament

The Statutory Instrument which sets out the transitional provisions for the new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (“Act”) has been published. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Transitional...more

GB: Statutory Instrument confirming transitional timetable for the upcoming licensing process is published

The Government has published The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2014, which confirms the transitional timetable for the upcoming licensing process....more

Court Ruling Puts Massachusetts Casinos At Risk

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Abdow v. Attorney General rejected challenges to a ballot initiative seeking the effective repeal of Massachusetts’s 2011 gaming law, directing the measure to be included...more

Netherlands: standstill-period remote gambling legislation has ended, what’s next?

On 5 March 2014, the 171 page-long text of the proposed Dutch Remote Gambling Act (“Act”) was notified to the European Commission. Now that the three-month standstill period at the European Commission has passed, the bill is...more

Poland: Government moves to update gambling legislation

The Ministry of Finance has recently published a new draft amendment to the Polish Gambling Act. It includes a number of significant measures aimed at facilitating the application of Poland’s strict gambling regulations....more

U.S.: United States Supreme Court Stops Sports Betting in NJ

Despite New Jersey’s long and hard fought battle to legalize sports betting within the Garden State, the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear New Jersey’s appeal of the lower, appellate court ruling that stayed the...more

GB: POC licensing process – updated FAQs published

The Gambling Commission has published the latest set of FAQs to assist applicants with the licence application process....more

Interactive Gaming Incentives in the United States

There’s been a lot of press about places that are unfriendly to gamers or game developers. Authorities in various jurisdictions have attempted to address issues of violence, sex, and gambling, either resident in or allegedly...more

GB: Gambling Commission updates testing strategy guidance

In preparation for the implementation of the new point-of-consumption regulatory regime, the Gambling Commission has published an update to its testing strategy document, which aims to assist licence holders with compliance...more

Portugal: Fresh moves to regulate online gambing approved by Council of Ministers

A new legal framework for online gambling in Portugal, that has been under discussion for several years, finally seems to be moving ahead. On 19 June, the Council of Ministers approved a proposal of law that will allow...more

GB: Letter before action issued to British Government; citing potential judicial review of amendments to the Gambling Act

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, a trade body representing the Gibraltar operators, has published correspondence between its external legal counsel and both the British Government and the British Gambling...more

Spain: Opening of the tender for the BCN World gambling resort

On June, 13, 2014 the regional gambling authorities of Catalonia (“Direcció General de Tributs i Joc“) officialy adopted the (long-time awaited) call for tender for launching the so-called BCN World gambling resort. Under the...more

Germany: CJEU postpones showdown on German gambling regulations

In a decision that has long been awaited by the industry and the legislator alike, the European Court of Justice ruled today, 12 June 2014, on the question to what extent two conflicting regulatory frameworks within one...more

Detroit Casinos’ April Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for April 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 6.5% decrease...more

New Jersey DGE Releases Guidance for Affiliate Marketers

Yesterday, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) released additional guidance for affiliate marketing companies working with state online...more

Malta: LGA announces changes to its gaming regulations

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority announced today a series of policy changes. These include changes regarding: · Hosting of servers abroad · Simultaneous Log in of Players · Audit requirements...more

Online poker variants approved in Italy!

The Italian gambling regulator, AAMS, has just issued guidelines setting gaming law principles for poker tournaments with variable prizes and multiphase poker tournaments that might attract new interest to online poker in...more

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