News analysis

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    24 March 2014

    How serious a threat should the igaming industry consider Sheldon Adelson’s crusade to bring down US online gaming? James McKeown, editor of iGaming Business North America, examines the man behind the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and its chances of returning America to another period of prohibition.

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    Poland's online gaming legislation was recently given the green light by the EC and the regulations should be clearer in the coming months, although betting operators will be hoping for a change in the turnover-based tax system.    

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    The regulatory situation in Greece is still very unclear and is made even more complicated by the igaming regulations' lack of clarity, divisions within government and a legal challenge by Stanleybet, reports Graham Wood. 

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    18 March 2014

    The state of Ontario is set for igaming launch in 2014 as it looks to join British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba and offer regulated online gaming and betting products to its citizens. But while the sector in Canada is set for more change and development in 2014, the country's failure to push through Bill C290, which calls for a legislative change from the current parlay offer (betting on the outcome of three or more events) to legal bets on single sports events, remains one of the biggest stumbling blocks to igaming progress in the country, explain Michael D Lipton and Jack Tadman of Dickenson Wright LLP.

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    In late February Portuguese media reported that despite opposition from within the government, the country may regulate online gaming as a way to raise revenues and alleviate some of the financial pressures the government is faced with as it tries to deal with its debt crisis. But even if igaming regulation does happen, Portugal is more likely to implement monopoly-type legislation than provide a good working environment for operators.

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    6 March 2014

    The state of California, with its 38 million inhabitants, is the prize the igaming sector is keeping its eye on in the US, and although legislation stands a decent chance of finally being passed, local companies will want their share of the pie and non-US suppliers must know what they are getting involved with to be successful there. iGaming Business spoke to Californian gaming attorney David Fried to find out more.       

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    Beyond the banter and marketing chutzpah Paddy Power is reaping the rewards of its focused and "analytical strategy". It might not be to everyone's taste but the Irish operator is topping the results season, says Graham Wood.

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    1 March 2014

    The online gaming market in Canada is set for a year of change and development in 2014, write leading North American gaming regulatory experts, Michael D Lipton and Jack Tadman of Dickinson Wright LLP.

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    1 March 2014

    Virtual currency takes online gaming by storm, writes Lawrence G Walters, Esq.

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    1 March 2014

    When is a penalty not a penalty? By Tom Grant of Harris Hagan.

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    1 March 2014

    ‘Less is more’ proverbially describes the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill (‘the Bill’) due to come into force this summer. Consisting of only five sections, it reaches well beyond offshore B2C operators accessing the British market. This article looks at the Bill’s practical application and suggests what preparations ought to be made for the new law.

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    As Real Gaming launches in Nevada as the third regulated poker site in the state, Marco Valerio speaks to the company to get its perspective on online poker and to NGCB chairman AG Burnett to find out more about the state's plans to publish monthly revenue figures.  

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    19 February 2014

    Graham Wood reports on France’s igaming façade and its decision to reject pooled poker liquidity with Italy and Spain, another indication that the authorities have very little desire to encourage private investors to set up in France and make the country’s igaming market truly ‘open’.

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    Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.

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    Simon Holliday, founder and director of H2 Gambling Capital, looks at the overall growth for the gambling sector in 2014 in the second of the four data-led articles H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are publishing this week to coincide with the ICE trade show in London.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business present the first of a series of four data-led articles to coincide with ICE, the world’s largest gambling industry event, taking place this week in London. Joel Keeble, head of special projects at H2, starts off with an in-depth look at the US igaming sector. Look out for further installments on Japan's land-based casino market and a detailed look at the key dynamics of the EU market.

     

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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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