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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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Winning Post – UKGC recommendation gives hope to bookies

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: DCMS Review – Gambling Commission recommendations The Gambling Commission has published its advice to the government on action to be taken under the DCMS Review into machine stakes, …

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Online casino gaming now regulated in 61 countries

Over 60 countries around the world license online casinos, the US is the worst country for gamblers, and 56 percent of the world’s population faces some form of online gambling ban, but ordinary players are not penalised in most cases. These are the main findings of a research project into online gambling access, by affiliate KeyToCasino. Looking at sources in …

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UK Law: Is the GBGA too late with its point of consumption legal challenge?

In a series of articles, David Clifton, director at licensing and gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, takes a look at the changes to the UK’s gambling licensing laws which are due to be in place by October. The big question is whether the GBGA is too late with its point of consumption legal challenge. Through its solicitors, in letters before action …

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Point of consumption facing Gibraltar challenge

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has filed its legal challenge against the UK’s point of consumption law in a bid to seek a Judicial Review on the changes. The GBGA argues that the new regime, introduced through the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 and also the guidance and policies of the Gambling Commission of Great Britain, is “unlawful, because …

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Commission issues application deadline reminder

With the UK’s Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act expected to come into force on 1 October 2014, offshore gambling operators – currently regulated overseas but transacting with consumers in Britain – wishing to continue to provide services in Britain beyond this date have been reminded that they have until 16 September to make an application and pay a fee to …

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Council of Europe adopts convention on match fixing

Ministers from around 50 countries are expected to sign a new convention at a conference in Switzerland in September where they will also discuss the risk of other forms of corruption in sport. In what’s being hailed as ‘a significant step in the fight against organised crime and unethical behaviour in sport’,  47 member states of the Council of Europe …

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ESSA’s Khalid Ali: long and challenging process to remove ‘betting right’

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, comments on the passage of the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of sports competitions. “The industry has worked hard over the last couple of years to work constructively with policymakers on the Council of Europe’s proposed text, most notably including the removal of the promotion of …

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New Jersey prepares for sports betting

New Jersey is set to allow sports betting by the start of September, despite the federal ban on the activity outside of Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Senator Ray Lesniak has been bullish in predicting that New Jersey will allow sports betting by the start of the American Football season if the US Supreme Court decides not to review the …

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David Clifton: We are entering the “Time of the Nanny State”

David Clifton, director at licensing and gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, discusses an issue he recently debated at a seminar in Westminster – that the  government is not consistent when it regulates gambling and that it is also needlessly overbearing. Let me start with a statement of the obvious: the fundamental objective behind the regulation or prohibition of any human activity …

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