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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.

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10/20/2014

article European Commission to sue Sweden over online betting laws
(Sweden) -- The European Commission has initiated legal action against Sweden after ruling that the country has failed to change rules on online betting and poker games...

10/15/2014

article Ireland to introduce new online betting tax
(Ireland) -- A new online betting tax that has been introduced in the Republic of Ireland is set to raise an additional €25 million ($31.6 million) per year for the...

10/13/2014

article Court clears Britain to take tighter control of online gambling
(UK) -- Britain's plans to bring licensing and taxation of online gambling companies under UK control got the green light on Friday when a court dismissed a legal...

9/25/2014

article UK Gambling Act Delayed as More Online Poker Sites Exit
(UK) -- The impending UK Gambling Act has been pushed back until November, as online poker in the UK is going to be changed for good when the new Gambling (Licensing and...

9/16/2014

article Pinnacle Sports to withdraw from UK market
(UK) -- Pinnacle Sports has become the latest online gaming operator to confirm that it will withdraw from the UK market ahead of the introduction of the new Gambling (...

8/20/2014

article Switzerland moves forward with online gaming plans
(Switzerland) -- Switzerland’s Conference of the Cantonal Directors in Charge of Gambling and Lotteries (CDCM) has announced its support for the regulation of the...

8/19/2014

article Gibraltar online gamers launch High Court tax appeal
(Gibraltar) -- Offshore-based online gaming companies may escape the threatened Point of Consumption tax after a legal challenge was formally launched against the UK...
article The GBGA Files Legal Challenge to Overturn the UK Gambling Act
(Gibraltar) -- The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has filed a challenge to new UK gaming laws in the British courts.

8/11/2014

article On the trail of Paddy Power's data breach
(Canada) -- Bloomberg followed the trail of how contact details for 650,000 of the bookmaker’s customers was put up for sale and ended up making its way to Canada...

8/10/2014

article On the trail of Paddy Power's data breach
(Ireland) -- Bloomberg followed the trail of how contact details for 650,000 of the bookmaker’s customers was put up for sale and ended up making its way to Canada...

8/8/2014

article Canadian so-called ‘Paddy Power hacker’ denies wrongdoing
(Ireland) -- The Canadian man accused by Paddy Power of being in possession of a massive database of its confidential customer information has issued a statement denying...

8/1/2014

article Irish gambling site reveals data breach
(Ireland) -- An online Irish gambling website said Thursday that data on 649,055 of its customers was hacked in 2010, although no financial information or customer...
article UK igaming in discussions with government over TV advertising concerns
(UK) -- The Remote Gambling Association has admitted that the igaming industry in the UK needs to address concerns from politicians and the public about the...

7/31/2014

article Playing a clean game pays off for Dermot Smurfit jnr
(Ireland) -- In 2002, Jefferson Smurfit group was taken private in what at the time was one of the biggest ever European private equity deals. It resulted in a huge...
article Spanish government approves online gambling regulations
(Spain) -- Regulations governing online slots and exchange betting in Spain have been approved by the national government. In a statement on the website of the DGOJ, the...

7/24/2014

article Top advisory body criticises government's online gambling plans
(Holland) -- The government's most senior advisory body has criticised plans by the justice ministry to deregulate the internet gambling sector and break the state...

7/23/2014

article Svenska Spel eyes online casino launch
(Sweden) -- Sweden’s state controlled gambling operator, Svenska Spel has requested a direct application from the Swedish Government, to allow the operator to...

7/18/2014

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...

7/7/2014

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...

7/4/2014

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...

7/1/2014

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...

6/16/2014

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...

5/27/2014

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.

5/15/2014

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...

5/14/2014

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.

5/10/2014

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...

2/10/2014

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...

1/30/2014

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...

1/21/2014

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...

9/23/2013

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...

9/17/2013

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...

9/10/2013

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...

8/30/2013

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...

8/26/2013

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.

8/19/2013

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...

8/17/2013

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...

8/6/2013

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...

8/4/2013

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...

7/25/2013

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...

7/18/2013

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...

7/16/2013

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...

7/10/2013

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...

6/30/2013

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 €...

5/31/2013

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...

5/8/2013

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.

3/31/2013

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...

3/28/2013

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...

3/13/2013

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...

3/6/2013

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...

2/21/2013

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...

2/20/2013

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...

2/18/2013

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...

2/16/2013

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...

2/11/2013

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...

1/30/2013

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...

1/27/2013

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...

1/25/2013

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...

1/17/2013

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...

12/31/2012

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.

12/25/2012

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...

12/14/2012

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...

11/28/2012

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...

11/26/2012

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...

11/16/2012

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...

11/15/2012

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...

11/3/2012

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.

10/30/2012

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...

10/26/2012

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...

10/23/2012

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...

10/22/2012

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-...

7/8/2012

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.

6/25/2012

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...

6/14/2012

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...

6/13/2012

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...

5/29/2012

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...

5/28/2012

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,...

5/15/2012

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...

4/10/2012

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...

3/21/2012

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...

3/5/2012

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-...

2/21/2012

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...

2/10/2012

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...

1/30/2012

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...

1/26/2012

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...

10/20/2011

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...

9/17/2011

article Schleswig-Holstein Legalizes Online Gaming
(Germany) -- The German state of Schleswig-Holstein became the first regional authority in the country to legalize online gaming this week. Previously the whole country...

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