Law and Regulations

Sweden wants to break the monopoly on online-gambling

The report, commissioned by the Swedish government, regarding to online gambling regulation in Sweden could be in line to receive an overhaul, following the publication of the results of a year and a half long probe into the country’s gambling industry. Hakan Hallstedt, Director General of the Lotteriinspektionen, recommends that …

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Florida will have more casinos and hundreds of more slot machines

The new gambling overhaul bill passed through the full Florida Senate. Senate members voted 32-6 in support of SB8, proposing a massive expansion of the state’s gambling industry. The bill would allow pari-mutuels around Florida to scrap live racing events whilst keeping their casino-style games. Furthermore, it would add slot …

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Kyrgyzstan monopolized the lottery business

The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan with Jogorku Kenesh at the head approved in three readings a draft law prohibiting the activity of all lotteries in the country, except state ones. The organizer of the professional lottery is a state enterprise authorized by the government. After accepting the document, according to preliminary …

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SBM unites with Galaxy to bid on Japanese casino licence

Galaxy Macau, part of the Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) said it has partnered Societe des Bains de Mer (SBM) (BAIN.PA), hoping the Monaco peer will help it trump rivals to win a license in Japan’s nascent gambling market. Galaxy and SBM will jointly develop and run entertainment businesses including casinos …

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William Hill exit Polish market

William Hill have announced they will withdraw from Poland in the coming days as the country prepares to implement more stringent online gambling laws, EGR Intel has learned. The operators informed affiliates this week they will stop accepting business from Polish customers by the end of the month and that …

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Australia closed Online Poker And Live Sports Betting

Australian federal parliament banned online poker Tuesday after the Senate passed an amendment bill to close “loopholes,” moving from tightening up laws around online gambling to outright removal, reported the Huffington Post Australia. According to Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 came about after the …

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First online gambling bill introduced in West Virginia

West Virginia introduced its first online gambling bill, H.B. 3067, March 14 which would legalize and regulate online gambling, reported Online Poker Report. The bill was introduced on Tuesday by Democratic Delegate Shawn Fluharty. It is currently under the consideration of the House Judiciary Committee. Poker is the only specific …

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Germany ratified new federal gambling treaty

On Thursday, Germany’s 16 states collectively ratified the country’s revised Second State Treaty on Gambling. The new State Treaty on Gambling, which is due to take effect on January 1, 2018, opens the door to the possibility of an expansion of the federal republic’s sports betting market.  In addition to …

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Australian government sets the limits in gambling

The Australian government crackdown on television betting ads and plan to restrict the number of gambling adverts that can be screened during televised sporting events. It’s believed that the move is designed to win backbench support for the government’s move towards deregulation of media ownership laws. But given than so …

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Skin betting is legally defined as gambling in Norway

The Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA) will start controlling and sanctioning operators who offer these services. The modality refers to buying features for virtual games and trading them during the performance or in real life. According to the current law, skin betting is part of gambling and must be regulated by …

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Lottoland hopes to hold a licence in Germany

Lottoland submit an application to have its own lottery in several German federal states. The game/play principle resembles that of the German lottery classic «Lotto 6aus49” or the European multi-state lottery, Euro jackpot. With a revenue of €300 million ($317.9 million), Lottoland is one of the leading private online lottery …

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Ukrainian lottery operators want to work openly

Lottery operators of Ukraine have personally expressed their desire to raise up the level of lottery games in Ukraine. Representatives of the lottery industry signal that the government rejected the business in the 90’s, when the credibility of the game was zero, and the industry had no prospects. In the …

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Playtech available in Czech Republic

Online casino games are now licensed in the Czech Republic thanks to the content and software supplier’s partnership with Fortuna, the country’s first licensed online gaming operator. Last week Fortuna, which was founded in Prague in 2009 and is an industry leader in Central and Eastern Europe, was awarded the …

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Illegal gambling frozen in Switzerland

This was to be expected. The Swiss government has voted in favor of a measure that requires internet service providers in the country to begin blocking access to all illegal gambling websites. “Blocking websites works – experience abroad demonstrates that,” Thierry Burkart from the centre-right Radical Party said, according to …

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