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World Online Gambling Law Report

Current Issue (May 2016)

Volume: 15 Issue: 5



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

May's edition of the World Online Gambling Law Report

Last month it was Michigan causing a stir with its, slightly surprising, drive to enact i-gaming legislation in-state. This month, California makes the headlines again: its AB 2863 i-poker Bill, put forward by Assemblyman Adam Gray, seeks to deal with some of the issues that have plagued California's attempts to go live with legalised i-gaming, such as what to do about 'bad actors.' We report - with expert commentary - on what AB 2863 does differently, and where it might get to. 

There's movement in the EU, too - the Austrian Supreme Court has handed down a somewhat significant verdict, finding that the country's Gambling Act is in breach of EU law - the freedom to provide services - and declared it ready for at least partial repeal by Austria's Constitutional Court. Thomas Talos and Nicholas Aquilina analyse the decision. 

Over on the Isle of Man, the gambling regulator has taken a look at secondary legislative changes. Among its proposals is an option for gambling operators to accept virtual currencies in order to set up player accounts, and changes in regard to protection of player winnings too, as Miles Benham, of MannBenham Advocates, explains. 

PLUS: AML and LCCP in Britain - GB Gambling Commission on digital ad placement - Netherlands poker court case - Virginia's DFS regulation - Hungary's gambling protection measures - risk-free bet troubles and the ASA - 'click to call' in Australia.   

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