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World Online Gambling Law Report

Current Issue (January 2016)

Volume: 15 Issue: 1



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

January's edition of the World Online Gambling Law Report

Hot off the press is the news from Poland that the Ministry of Finance has stated officially that it is looking to optimise tax revenues and in doing so is looking at the Polish Gaming Act from a taxation perspective. Bartosz Andruszaniec, a Legal Advisor at Legal Tube in Poland, provides the inside track on the developments in Poland and what amendments to the Gaming Act might look like. 

In Greece, the country’s monopoly gambling operator OPAP is seeking damages of in excess of €1b from the Government as a result of what OPAP is describing as the Government’s “abrupt and counterproductive interventions” in its business. Lawyer Spiros Tassis, operating out of Athens, provides us with expert analysis of the current disputes concerning OPAP, and the Government’s recent announcements regarding the possible establishment of a new licensing process for online gambling. 

January’s edition also features an article on the current uncertainly on the Romanian market. Cristian Radu, Partner at Tuca Zbarcea Asociatii looks at the existing framework for ‘interim rights’ to offer online gambling in Romania, Bet365’s current appeal regarding the cancellation of its interim licence and the complicated situation facing other online gambling operators now interested in securing a licence to operate in Romania.

In India, the Lodha Committee, appointed to review the corruption investigation into high-ranking cricket officials, has recently reported back. The recommendations put forward in the Lodha Committee’s report are wide ranging and move beyond just disciplinary actions, which includes a recommendation for the legalisation of sports betting in India. Gowree Gokhale and Rishabh Sharma of Nishith Desai Associates assess the recommendation and the necessary amendments if sports betting is to become a reality in India. 

PLUS: The Alderney perspective on technical standards – Brazil’s draft bill to legalise gambling – Italy’s new budget and what it means for the gambling industry – The Gambling Commission’s response to comments on its fees discussion paper – A consideration of player funds protection, and its shortcomings.

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