News analysis

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    29 January 2014

    The next 12 months and the implementation, or not, of new regulations, will define much of the Spanish igaming industry's future, write Albert Agustinoy and Elisa Lorenzo of DLA Piper Spain.

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    28 January 2014

    The European Parliament will vote on amendments to the 4th Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive over the next two months and gambling operators will have to take heed of what comes out of Brussels since all online gambling operators will be required to know much more about their customers, as Steve Cook of Facebanx explains.

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    Whether AAMS is successful in fighting illegal operators will have a major impact on Italian igaming in 2014, while observers will watch closely to see how exchange betting competes with traditional sports betting, writes Giulio Coraggio of DLA Piper. 

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    23 January 2014

    All igaming operators would like to be active in the US market, but as recent regulatory developments have shown, the road will be long, winding and very sinuous, to paraphrase the Beatles. Christina Thakor-Rankin asks if EU operators should worry about their key domestic markets first before they venture out west.  

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    8 January 2014

    Ivor Jones, Director of Leisure and Research at Numis Securities, looks at the year ahead for the iGaming sector. Although wary that the UK point of consumption tax will be introduced at 15% of gross profits, the fact that operators are sitting on piles of cash reserves doesn't mean they are more likely to carry out acquisitions in 2014. Share buybacks and dividends being likelier outcomes.  

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    The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job. 

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    21 November 2013

    The European Commission recently said it would instigate a series of possible infringement proceedings against a number of Member States if they did not comply with European trade principles on freedom of movement and establishment. Bahar Alaeddini, solicitor at Harris Hagan, reports on the European Parliament’s ‘Resolution on Online Gambling in the Internal Market’ published in September and what the Commission has been up to since it announcing in October 2012 that it would use its powers to ensure the EU Treaty was adhered by European countries.

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    21 November 2013

    Many igaming eyes are focusing on Latin Amercia, even if many operators have been working there unregulated for a number of years. The region is very promising for the industry, but as Albert Agustinoy Guilayn, attorney at DLA Piper Spain, explains, many of the continent's biggest markets are, at best, at the very early stages of regulating their igaming sectors. 

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    Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states. 

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    John Kyriakides of Athens-based KG Law Firm explains why future licensing of the Greek market remains unclear while penalties and sanctions on illegal operators could be severe if enacted.

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    Before further analysing the Belgian legislation, which aims to regulate social gaming activities, certain distinctions have to be drawn. Indeed, there is a clear difference between social gaming and so called ‘social gambling’.

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    11 October 2011

    Global Gaming Outlook, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) latest study, assesses the current and future trends and revenue growth in the land-based casino and online gambling markets over the short-term period to 2015. Here, PwC kindly provides iGaming Business with an excerpt addressing the eastern and digital migration of a new global gaming landscape that will become dominated by Asia. 

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