EC Chief Outlines Online Gambling Agenda

July 5th, 2012

EC Chief Outlines Online Gambling Agenda
EC Chief Outlines Online Gambling Agenda By: Joe Valentino, Thursday July 5th 20120 Comments   Email   PrintIt seems that online gambling regulation is back on the active agenda of the European Commission (EC), which is the enforcement arm of the European Union (EU). The EC head, Michel Barnier, stated that the Commission will publish an action plan in autumn this year. The plan will provide details of the proposed actions to stop unregulated online gambling. The action plan will outline measures to clamp down on illegal online gambling websites, including those hosted in offshore havens. The Commission will also propose measures to regulate and supervise licensed online gaming sites. Barnier’s address to the European Parliament last week made it abundantly clear that non-compliant national regulatory regimes were also on the radar of the EC. There are 9 pending infringement procedures with the Commission. 28 new complaints have been filed against the gambling regulation of 12 different Member States. Barnier said that the Commission will reactivate pending infringements and initiate the processing of complaints against Member States whose gambling regulation is in violation of EU policy. The Commission would first contact all the concerned Member States, remind them of the applicable rules and also urge that the violations are rectified in accordance with current EU law. He added, “If blatant infringements persist, I will not hesitate to propose to my colleagues that the appropriate proceedings be taken or re-launched.” The EC has the full backing of the European Parliament, which has adopted a report in November 2011 that calls on the Commission to pursue those infringement proceedings that have been pending since 2008. That report also reminds the Commission that it is a ‘guardian of the Treaties’. Therefore it is incumbent on the EC to act swiftly upon receipt of complaints about violations of the freedoms enshrined in the Treaties. Barnier also touched upon some policy suggestions in his speech. He stressed that the regulatory framework should enable licensed online gambling operators to offer attractive products to their customers. Otherwise the gamblers will wager at the illegal and unregulated sites. Harmonization across Europe was also an important issue because almost 7 million Europeans gamble online. It is essential to develop a common base of principles and measures of protection so that all citizens are protected, wherever they reside and wherever they wager. Barnier repeated pretty much the same thing while addressing a meeting in Gibraltar. This indicates the seriousness with which the EC is now showing on the issue of online gambling. Sigrid Ligne, secretary general of trade association EGBA commented that Barnier’s speech marked a major shift in EU policy, since infringement proceedings were virtually on hold since 2008. Earlier the EGBA had released a document detailing what it expects from the EC. News Item Tools  Email     Print     Digg     Del.icio.us    StumbleUpon Comments  Add Comment Add Comment You must be signed-in to add a comment: – Sign-in – Register More News Casino Tropez Offers Cops N’ Bandits Online SlotEC Chief Outlines Online Gambling AgendaVegas Palms Accumulator Slots TourneyAnother Football Online Slot From PlaytechVirgin Casino Monopoly Plus Online Promo

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Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey

June 22nd, 2012

Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey
Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey By: Joe Valentino, Thursday June 21st 20120 Comments   Email   PrintThe legislation seeking to legalize intrastate online gambling in Delaware is moving ahead at considerable speed. It was only last week that the online gambling bill HB333 was approved by the state House Assembly. On June 20 the bill was successfully passed through a Senate committee. The date for the full Senate vote has been set for June 26. If the bill passes through the Senate then it will be sent to Governor Jack Markell for signature. And unlike Governor Christie of New Jersey, Governor Markell has publicly declared his support for the legislation. The HB333 seeks to legalize online poker, online casino games such as slot machines, table games and keno, and allows an expansion into sports betting. The horse racing faction that was opposing the bill tried to stop it from being passed in the Senate committee, but failed to do so. The Senators in the committee apparently felt that the horse racing faction was being extremely hypocritical because it has been exploiting the online gambling channel for years, based on carve-outs in federal laws. In New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak’s online gambling bill is being moved simultaneously in the Senate and the House. In May the Senate was to vote on the bill. However, the Senator did not go for the vote citing lack of support. Earlier, the New Jersey House Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee had passed the online gambling legalization bill with three votes in favor to one against, and with one abstention. On Monday June 18 the bill passed through a tough Appropriations Committee hearing. The local newspaper Star-Ledger reported that the bill would now be sent to a full House vote. However, a date for the vote has not been set. Presumably the sponsors of the bill are not sure of the support within the House as well. New Jersey Senator Lesniak’s online gambling bill will allow intrastate gambling at Atlantic City land casinos. The bill in principle allows the licensed online casino and poker operators to accept online bets from gamblers outside the state’s borders as well. This provision however will be subject to compliance with US federal law. The uncertain situation with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie prevails. In the past the governor had occasionally stated support to the bill and occasionally spoken against it. However, at the moment he is not indicating a position either way. It makes sense for Governor Christie to maintain a silence till the matter comes to him. If the legislators are unable to send the bill to him then he would be quite happy. The cat and mouse game is on. News Item Tools  Email     Print     Digg     Del.icio.us    StumbleUpon Comments  Add Comment Add Comment You must be signed-in to add a comment: – Sign-in – Register More News Blackjack Ballroom Fruit Themed online promosUntamed Series Online Slots Register Big WinsOnline Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New JerseyCryptologic Signs Up With Two Online OperatorsRival Gaming Pub Crawlers Online Slot

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Spain Details of Online Gambling Licenses

June 8th, 2012

Spain Details of Online Gambling Licenses
Spain Details of Online Gambling Licenses By: Joan Peppin, Friday June 8th 20120 Comments   Email   PrintSome of the leading online gambling operators had already issued press advisories stating that they had received gaming licenses from the regulator in Spain. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The online gambling industry was interested in the complete details of what is being perceived as the most important event since the Italian market was regulated. Therefore the Spanish Ministry of the Interior issued an advisory giving the break up of the licenses awarded. The statement revealed that the Spanish regulator had issued 277 licenses to 53 online gaming companies till date. Of these, 91 were general licenses and 186 were unique licenses. 3 general license and 5 unique license applications submitted by two companies are pending. 2 license applications have been rejected. Details were not provided for the pending and rejected applications. Of the 186 unique licenses issued, 27 pertain to online poker, 26 to online bingo, 31 to online roulette, 19 to the point and bank, 28 to online blackjack, 7 for additional games, 8 to horse racing, 17 to sports betting, 4 to mutual horse racing, 1 to mutual sports betting and 9 to others. In a departure from other national regulators, Spain has broken down online casino licenses by games. 26 licenses were issued to experienced gaming operators and 27 licenses to new market entrants. The Spanish Ministry took the opportunity to warn errant operators that they would face severe penalties if they illegally participated in the new market. The penalties could be as high as €50 million and in addition the online gambling web sites would be shut down. Finance Secretary of State, Michael Ferre, and the Director General of Game Planning, Enrique Alejo said that though the licensed operators could go live from June 5, they would have to ensure technical compliance and obtain systems approvals within six months. Responsible gambling will be a focus issue of the Spanish online gambling market. The General Planning Directorate General has launched a “Play Safe” campaign to emphasize this. Bettors and gamblers have been asked to ensure that their chosen operators display the “Play Safe” logo on their web sites. An official advertising Code of Conduct is in the process of being finalized and will be released later this week. Advertising by licensed online gambling operators will be permitted, subject to following the code. Revenues earned from the newly legislated online gambling sector will be ploughed back into public funds and social activities. An announcement from Betfair that it had obtained a Spanish online gambling license was the other related big news. The license covered sports book and casino products. Betfair said it had reached a €10 million settlement with Spanish authorities in order to get the license. News Item Tools  Email     Print     Digg     Del.icio.us    StumbleUpon Comments  Add Comment Add Comment You must be signed-in to add a comment: – Sign-in – Register More News Neteller Sports Themed PromosOmni Casino Online Newsletter TourneySpain Details of Online Gambling LicensesCherry Red Online Australian WinnersOnline Gambling Goes Live in Spain

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