Norway’s Payment Ban Fails To Halt Offshore Gambling In 2011 [sub req'd]
Norway’s gambling watchdog has admitted its online payments ban has “not been a success” as research showed more than half of internet gamblers now play as often as they did before the prohibition.
article European Commission seeks unified online gambling rules
(Europe) -- Online gambling service providers are facing a new list of recommendations from the European Commission that will encourage member states to aim for more...
article European Commission calls for online gambling ‘health’ warnings
(Europe) -- The European Commission is to urge countries across the continent to demand that online gambling advertisements carry messages similar to those displayed on...
article European Commission urges ‘health’ warning for online gambling
(Europe) -- The European Commission will urge countries to demand that online gambling advertisements display warning messages like cigarette packets, according to a...
article Gambling Commission’s Bet365 investigation reveals potential risks
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission has reported that an investigation into Bet365’s anti-money laundering and social responsibility controls has revealed a number...
article Portugal set to regulate online poker by July 10
(Portugal) -- Online poker could become regulated in Portugal next month after the country’s Ministry of Economics finalised the final draft of a new national...
article Portuguese Government Books Time to Debate Online Gaming Bill
(Portugal) -- Portugal’s government finally looks to be complying with demands from the Troika responsible for its bailout, and has signaled its intention to...
article Place your bets! Online casinos make gaming easy
(UK) -- Today, more people than ever before have access to casino games such as roulette, blackjack and poker thanks to the presence of so many online casino sites.
article Czech Government Fines Player On Unlicensed Sites [sub req'd]
(Czech Republic) -- The Czech Republic government has issued the largest ever fine for a gambler at CZK850,000 (£25,300) for betting with unlicensed foreign online...
article EU Court Rules on Austrian Gaming Law
(Austria) -- The much-anticipated ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was issued after speculation in the legal and gambling worlds.
article Swiss Online Bill’s ‘Belgium Model’ Draws Fire [sub req'd]
(Switzerland) -- A new draft gambling bill that would allow online casino gaming, but only by Switzerland’s casinos, is facing strong opposition from internet...
article French online gambling revenue down
(France) -- French regulator ARJEL has announced that the regulated online gambling market in France generated USD 442 million of tax revenue for the state in 2013. The...
article Online gambling tax odds-on to be a success but collecting the winnings may prove difficult
(Ireland) -- It looks like online betting may finally be hit with some kind of tax in 2014, as the Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013 continues to grind its way through the...
article European gambling regulators cool liquidity sharing talk
(Italy) -- The latest informal meeting of European regulators failed to make any progress on the issue of potential liquidity sharing between jurisdictions, with the...
article European Court: Italy Cannot Block Online Poker
(Italy) -- A European court has issued a preliminary ruling that Italy cannot legally block some gambling sites from accessing its 61 million person population.
article Italy cannot block online gambling, says EU court
(Italy) -- A preliminary ruling in the case of Biasci et al against Italy in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has once again confirmed that the EU's...
article EGBA welcomes Court of Justice preliminary ruling
(Europe) -- The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) trade group has welcomed the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) reiteration that member...
article EU lawyers say transaction tax plan is illegal
(Europe) -- A plan to tax financial transactions in 11 European Union member states from 2014 is illegal, the bloc’s lawyers have concluded, dealing what could be...
article European Parliament adopts resolution on online gambling
(Europe) -- Increased cooperation between member states on issues of consumer protection and money laundering are two of the main aspects of a resolution on online...
article Mixed Financial Results Raise Questions about Online Gaming in Europe
(Europe) -- Many different companies have released there financial reports for July of this year or for the first half of 2013 recently and the news overall has caused...
article 'Online gambling cost me my house, riches and family'
(UK) -- An insurance broker who became hooked on internet betting sites claims more must be done to recognise the fallout of gambling addictions.
article Bookies' offshore gambling tax loophole closing
(UK) -- Matthew Hancock is a happy man now racing's offshore gambling loophole appears to have been closed. The MP whose constituency includes Newmarket - the home...
article Britain hits offshore gambling industry with $594 million levy
(UK) -- Online betting companies based in offshore havens to sidestep Britain's gambling taxes will be hit with a new levy that could cost the industry 300 million...
article All to play for as Spanish seek to change the rules on online gaming
(Spain) -- Spain’s sabre-rattling towards Gibraltar unsettled the internet gaming companies operating there. The Rock is a haven for the online gaming industry...
article 401 Online Gambling Operators Banned from Greek Market
(Greece) -- In the European Union many countries are not complying with the European Commission’s recommendations regarding the offering of online gambling...
article Online Gambling Huge Business in UK
(UK) -- Anyone who opens their eyes to the popular media will know that online gambling has become a huge business in the UK, with revenues surpassing the £2...
article France proposes new social and skill gaming regulations
(France) -- French gaming regulators have proposed changes to the law that will see real-money social and skill gaming operators working in the French market banned in...
article Belgium Bans Four More Online Gambling Sites
(Belgium) -- The Belgian Gaming Commission has expanded its attack on foreign-operated online casinos, blacklisting another four gambling sites in its latest update. The...
article German online gambling licensing process stalls
(Germany) -- The European Commission is swamped with concerns over the introduction of internet wagering in various member nations. The arguments that have arisen over...
article Italy shuts mobsters’ online betting sites; VLT operators’ court victory
(Italy) -- Italian authorities launched a major crackdown on an illegal gambling ring on Thursday (27), making 55 arrests and seizing assets worth an estimated €...
article GRUETZ: U.S. gaming regulators can learn from recent online case in Europe
(Pennsylvania) -- Officials who write and enforce rules for America's nascent online casino industry could learn important lessons from the handling of allegations...
article Queen's speech: all gambling companies will need UK licence
(UK) -- Online gambling firms will be required to hold a licence in Britain in order to advertise and sell their games to British customers under new laws.
article Online gaming sector snaps up ex-bankers
(UK) -- Job cuts and pay curbs at some of the City’s biggest banks are creating hiring opportunities for companies in other sectors, which are snapping up banking...
article Global Reviews Report : “How much revenue could the UK online sports betting industry be missing out on per month?”
(UK) -- Online betting companies are taking quite a gamble when it comes to getting customers to actually place a bet, according to a report from Global Reviews, the...
article Rodman helps gambling firm clean up on pope wagers
(Rome) -- Ka-ching. That's what Paddy Power is thinking after the Irish gambling operation dispatched Dennis Rodman to Vatican City to rally the unfaithful to place...
article European Commission Green Lights UK Online Gambling Bill
(UK) -- EU regulators have waved through the online gambling bill that will force operators targeting UK players to take a licence, leaving previously exempt online...
article Amaya Gaming inks Groupe Circus games supply deal
(Europe) -- Gaming industry entertainment solutions provider Amaya Gaming Group Incorporated has signed a deal with Belgian online casino operator Groupe Circus to bring...
article Hippodrome online casino the talk of the town
(UK) -- The Hippodrome Casino, in London’s Leicester Square, has announced the launch of its online casino, which has been built by Microgaming and is operated by...
article Switzerland to End its Ineffectual Ban on Online Gaming
(Switzerland) -- Switzerland has announced a plan to introduce laws to regulate online gaming. New laws will be drafted by the Department of Justice and Police in...
article Meet the pioneers who are making millions from online gambling
(UK) -- They made hundreds of millions from the online gambling industry. Some face criminal charges in the US; others secured their fortunes from a 10-year betting boom...
article UK Moves To Shore Up Online Player Funds [sub req'd]
(UK) -- The UK’s gambling regulator will gather views on how best to protect online player funds as it looks to avoid the failures laid bare by the collapse of...
article UK i-gaming market to be worth “us$ 3.1 billion in 2013”
(UK) -- The UK online gaming industry is set to become a us$ 3.1 billion business in 2013, reports The Independent. Eight years after the UK government gave the online...
article Online gambling: Playing into the mafia's hands?
(Germany) -- Reports indicate that the mafia relies heavily on German online gambling sites to launder money. The police are powerless in the situation due to unclear...
article Middle class women fuel rise as online gambling takings are set to hit £2billion
(UK) -- Online gambling takings are expected to hit £2billion this year fuelled by an increase in middle class women using the sites. Nearly one million people are...
article Spain said to wring us$ 200 million from gaming sites on tax threat
(Spain) -- Spanish Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro squeezed about 150 million euros (us$ 200 million) from foreign-owned gambling companies by springing a tax probe on...
article UK Govt Confirms Place of Consumption Tax for Online Poker
(UK) -- In a response to comments by the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) legislative proposals, the UK...
article 'It was a fad, it's over, move on': Gold rush ends for the online poker dealers
(UK) -- A hand of Texas Hold’em poker can be full of excitement, with luck changing as every new card is revealed and the stakes get higher and higher.
article Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Grants 12 Online Poker Licenses
(Germany) -- The German state, or Land, of Schleswig-Holstein issued its first online gambling licenses last week, allowing a dozen operators to offer casino games on...
article Online gambling companies struggle to clear EU hurdles
(UK) -- A partnership stuck today between bwin.party Digital Entertainment and a Belgian casino group has defused one of many disputes pitting online gambling companies...
article Dutch state to sell casinos, legalise online gambling
(Netherlands) -- The Netherlands plans to sell its state-owned casino monopoly and legalise online gambling to open up competition. The new government, sworn in earlier...
article Netherlands To Privatize Casinos Amid Highly Controversial Austerity Push In Europe
(Netherlands) -- The Netherlands plans to “mondernise” its gambling policy by dumping its 14 casinos into private hands, the country’s recently elected...
article High Court Judge Raises Doubts Over German Internet Gambling Restrictions
(Germany) -- A German Federal Court of Justice judge last week expressed doubts about the German state treaty’s online gambling restrictions, saying that the...
article Greece Rows Back From Opening Up Online Gambling Market
(Greece) -- Greece has reneged on its plan to regulate and licence online gambling in the country in a move which has outraged industry groups and seen Betfair withdraw...
article Online Gambling Industry Calls For EU To Crack Down On Greece Over OPAP
(Greece) -- Two European online gambling trade associations have filed a complaint claiming that Greece did not properly notify the European Commission about rules that...
article Online key to bet firm growth
(Ireland) -- Paddy Power’s long-term global growth strategy is dependant on how fast and in what manner governments open their territories to online gambling, says...
article EU Online Gambling At ‘Critical Moment’ After Teufelberger Grilling, Say Operators
(Europe) -- The European Commission must take urgent action against restrictive markets, like Belgium’s, to stop “irreparable and unjustifiable” damage...
article Tax online gambling to fight mafia business
(Europe) -- Removing the financial control of mafia organisations over banks should be a priority in the EU's fight against organised crime. Monitoring high-risk...
article Newly Regulated Spanish Online Poker Industry Flourishes
(Spain) -- The Spanish online poker industry has been attracting a huge volume of traffic, ever since the Spanish government regulated online poker four months ago.
article Dutch Coalition on Moving Forward to Regulate Online Gambling
(Holland) -- In efforts to secure online gambling regulation in the Netherlands, the new coalition government is seeking to issue egaming licenses before the end of its...
article EC Plan of Action in Regards to Regulation of Online Gambling
(Europe) -- A few days ago the European Commission (EC) shared a communication plan entitled, “Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling...
article EC publishes online gambling policy document
(Europe) -- The European Commission has published its new policy on online gambling regulation. The communication, titled Towards a Comprehensive European Framework for...
article Commission not proposing EU laws for online gambling
(London) -- The European Commission said on Tuesday it was not proposing EU-wide legislation to regulate online gambling, preferring a cooperative approach to issues...
article Commission sets out an action plan for online gambling
(London) -- Online gambling is one of the fastest growing service activities in the EU, with annual growth rates of almost 15% and an estimated €13 billion in...
article EU To Unveil Online Gambling Action Plan [sub req'd]
(Europe) -- European Commissioner Michel Barnier will today release his action plan on how to better regulate Europe's online gambling industry from tighter money-...
article Cartoons and fun with friends: How our children are being lured into gambling online
(UK) -- The casinos of Las Vegas might feel a million miles away from the bedrooms of British teenagers, but the worrying truth is that they are closer than you think.
article UK Online Gambling Bill Set For January Second Hearing [sub req'd]
(UK) -- A UK online gambling regulatory bill will get a hearing next January after three members of parliament slept overnight in the historic building on Sunday night...
article Spain Issues 277 Online Gambling Licenses
(Spain) -- The Spanish government issued an incredible 277 online gaming licenses to operators and rejected only three license applications for the official opening of...
article Spain Takes First Steps Towards Sharing Players With France, Italy [sub req'd]
(Spain) -- With legalised internet gambling not two weeks old, Spain’s gambling regulator is taking the first steps towards allowing the country’s online...
article Spanish Online Gambling To Go Live On June 5 [sub req'd]
(Spain) -- Spain’s gambling regulator has pushed back the launch of its online market until next Tuesday June 5, but companies without a licence will still have to...
article Bwin.party Receives Schleswig-Holstein Sports Betting Licence
(Germany) -- The German state of Schleswig-Holstein has issued a sports betting licence to Bwin.party, which is one of the leading online gambling operators in Europe,...
article European Commission Eyes Late September Gambling ‘Action Plan’ [sub req]
(Europe) -- The European Commission has told gambling regulators it plans to release its online gambling “action plan” at the end of September, but hopes...
article UK Treasury Solicits Comments on Online Gambling, Says 90 Percent Avoid Tax
(UK) -- The UK Treasury has begun taking comments on proposed legislation to tax online gambling at the site of play, leaving behind a system which it says allows 90...
article All bets off for overseas gambling
(UK) -- The chancellor kick-started the biggest change in gambling since it was liberalised seven years ago by announcing that online betting would now be taxed...
article Chiligaming Puts Europe On The Back-Burner
(Europe) -- Chiligaming is merging its non-French online poker site with Poker770 so the company can focus on the US market, founder and chief executive Alexandre...
article 'No Need' For Online Gambling Licences, Says Norway Regulator [sub req'd]
(Norway) -- As governments across Europe seek out tax windfalls from internet gambling, oil-rich Norway is going in the opposite direction with plans to bolster state-...
article More Debate on UK Online Gambling Tax
(UK) -- The British government has been for some time working on a proposal that would require offshore online gambling operators to obtain secondary licenses and pay...
article 888 And Playtech Among Those Targeted On First Belgian Blacklist [sub req'd]
(Belgium) -- Belgium’s gambling watchdog will send off a blacklist of 10 illegal sites, including well-known offerings from 888 and Playtech, to local banks and...
article Norway’s Payment Ban Fails To Halt Offshore Gambling In 2011 [sub req'd]
(Norway) -- Norway’s gambling watchdog has admitted its online payments ban has “not been a success” as research showed more than half of internet...
article Backbench MP Kickstarts Debate With Offshore Gambling Bill [sub req'd]
(UK) -- A UK MP with close ties to horseracing has introduced a bill which experts yesterday predicted could spur on government efforts to regulate and tax offshore...
article UK Gambling Minister Fires EU Online Warning
(UK) -- Europe is at a “crossroads” on online gambling and political momentum has built up so much that it is now “extremely embarrassing” for...
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