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UK: High Court clears the way for tighter control of online gambling

The Government’s remote gambling reform has moved a step closer after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the measure, which seeks to bring the licensing of UK-facing remote gambling operators under UK control, no...more

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

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: 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

GB: Gambling Protections and Controls document published

On 30 April 2014, the Government published its Gambling Protections and Controls document which details the statutory measures it intends to take in relation to a number of gambling related issues....more

Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC...more

Netherlands: first foreign provider announces its intention to enter the Dutch online gambling market

Yesterday, the German online lotteries provider Tipp24 notified its intention to enter the Dutch market and to comply to the proposed Remote Gambling Ac. This means that Tipp24 is willing to donate 40% of its revenue in the...more

Netherlands: text of the Dutch online gambling bill published earlier than expected

On Wednesday (5 March), the 171 page-long text of the proposed Dutch Remote Gambling Act has been notified to the European Commission. This is a sign that the Dutch government is speeding up the process, since the text of the...more

Will Pennsylvania Pass Internet Gambling Legislation in 2014?

Pennsylvania is a candidate to be one of the next states to pass iGaming legislation, but a variety of competing factors make setting the odds for that outcome tricky business. This article considers some of the issues that...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

Gaming Trends in 2014

Calendar year 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year on many fronts, including the gaming industry. The expansion of gaming in Ohio is off and running at a dramatic pace, with more gaming to come on line this year via...more

Online Gambling Expansion Holds Potential Profit and Pitfalls

LexisNexis and Spectrum Gaming hosted a Jan. 8, 2014 webinar to discuss the legalization of online gaming in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, and how this might shape the future expansion of the industry. ...more

Federal Government Blocks International Online Gamblers, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Sue

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have filed suit against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell after the Department Interior blocked their effort to offer real-money online gaming to international customers....more

Australia: Simulated gambling in South Australia’s sights

Having passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Act 2013 (SA) (as we have previously discussed here), the South Australian Government has now set its sights on ensuring that South Australian children are not exposed to...more

All-In@EiG 2013 - Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale.

Welcome to EiG 2013 - Last year we referenced the sense of deja vu in the preceding 12 month period and not surprisingly, the same themes and issues have dominated the online gambling industry since 2012. The...more

Portugal: Announcement of Online Gambling Market Legalization

On 3 October 2013, and as a result of the country´s evaluation meeting with Troika, the Portuguese Government announced that it will legalize the online gambling market, in order to increase tax revenues....more

Sweden: The Swedish Gambling Authority takes action against links to foreign based online gambling operators

The Swedish Gambling Authority has issued injunctions under the penalty of a fine of SEK 45,000 per day against the Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen, claiming that the newspapers’ links to foreign based gambling...more

All-in September (Global)

Overview of the top gambling regulatory developments in September. BULGARIA - Following Bulgaria’s publication of a blacklist of operators illegally targeting the jurisdiction in June 2013, the country issued...more

UK: Government publishes responses to POC tax consultation

In the 2012 Budget, the UK government announced its intention to tax remote gambling on a point of consumption basis. A consultation ran from 5 April 2012 until 28 June 2012 whereby operators, suppliers and other interested...more

Australia: The Coalition’s “policy to help problem gamblers”

The Opposition has released a four part plan which focuses on a national voluntary scheme to tackle problem gambling and help problem gamblers. The four part plan includes...more

Sweden: ATG, the governmentally owned Swedish Horse Racing company, wants to abolish the Swedish gambling monopoly

The Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board, ATG, was established by the Swedish government in 1974 and currently has monopoly on horse betting in Sweden....more

Sweden: Proposal for new rules for the protection of online gamblers

The Swedish Gambling Authority (Sw. Lotteriinspektionen) has recently published a proposal for increased protection of online gamblers. In accordance with the proposal, gambling operators will be required to provide detailed...more

Poker liquidity sharing in Europe closer?

Italian, French, German, Portuguese, UK and Spanish gambling regulators met in Lisbon at the beginning of the month and more recently issued interesting statements at the World Gaming Executive Summit 2013 that might lead to...more

All-In June (Global)

Australia - Gambling advertising, and in particular live odds during the broadcast of events, has been the subject of much attention and debate in Australia recently...more

Let the Games Begin: Legal Online Poker Starts Up in Nevada

April 30 was an historic day for online poker players in the United States. Just a bit more than two years after the indictment and civil cases that were termed “Black Friday” shut down the industry, Ultimate Poker became the...more

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