Stephen Ketteley

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Name: Stephen Ketteley
Date registered: April 16, 2013

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  1. UK: Government shows its hand in the ongoing debate around society lotteries — September 14, 2015
  2. Australia: Review of interactive gambling laws announced — September 7, 2015
  3. Poland: Amendments to the Polish Gambling Act coming into force on 3 September — August 25, 2015
  4. Australia: comprehensive study considers the interplay between gambling and social media — August 5, 2015
  5. US: patents in iGaming — July 28, 2015

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UK: Government shows its hand in the ongoing debate around society lotteries

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) has published its response to the conclusions and recommendations of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s (“the Committee’s”) report on Society Lotteries.

The Government clearly intends to take steps to overhaul the way society lotteries operate and to also address the concerns raised by the Gambling Commission around the interplay between lotteries and other gambling products and the way they are collectively marketed and operated.

Further consultations are promised and the issues identified are now back with the Commission to take forward with clear support from the Government.

The Government’s statement can be read here.

Australia: Review of interactive gambling laws announced

By Thomas Zhong, DLA Piper (Brisbane)

The Australian Government has commissioned a review of Australia’s online gambling laws. The review will be led by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and focus on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth). The terms of reference for the review have not been finalised but the review will examine topics such as live-sports betting, the regulation of offshore gambling operations and the regulatory changes required, as prompted by technological advancements within the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland: Amendments to the Polish Gambling Act coming into force on 3 September

By Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska, Counsel, DLA Piper, Warsaw

The modified amendment to the Polish Gambling Act (described here) was officially published on 19 August 2015. It will come into force on 3 September 2015.

Its official Polish version can be found here:

Australia: comprehensive study considers the interplay between gambling and social media

A comprehensive study has been published by Gambling Research Australia (GRA) into the way the gambling industry used social media and the impact that has on the way their products are consumed. The study also considers in detail the interplay between casino-style social games and real-money gambling. Read the rest of this entry »

US: patents in iGaming

Paul Taufer (Partner, DLA Piper, Philadelphia) and Stacy Rush (Technical Adviser, DLA Piper, Philadelphia) have published an article in iGaming Business (July/August 2015 edition), looking at the issues arising as European iGaming suppliers step into the patent-rich US market.

Read the article – Playing the patents game.

eSports: when a bandwagon collides with a regulator

The gambling industry continues to be fascinated by the eSports phenomenon and much time and effort is spent identifying how the two industries can enhance their collaboration. However, as with social gaming, the crossover of a non-gambling entertainment form with the licensed gambling market has begun to beg interesting regulatory questions.

Stephen Ketteley considers these questions as part of an iGaming Business feature looking at eSports.

Read the article here.

GB: Gambling Commission acts to reduce the confusion caused by “betting-on-lotteries” products and “lottery-style games”

Following the Government’s consulation on lotteries earlier in the year, the Gambling Commission has published guidance seeking to address the confusion that, research would suggest, arises in the minds of the general public when faced with a “lottery-style” game or a betting product where punters wager on the outcome of actual lotteries.

The guidance largely deals with the way such games are presented and marketed, but there is also a clear threat from the Commission that, if they dont see a noticeable improvement, then they will address the issue of confusion through the imposition of licensing conditions.

See the Commission’s guidance here.

GB: Gambling Commission publishes Annual Report (2014-15)

The Gambling Commission has published its annual report for 2014-15. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: High Court refers POC tax legislation to the European Court of Justice

The High Court has made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ“), seeking guidance on issues raised by the British Government’s decision to impose a point-of consumption duty on gambling operators deriving revenue from UK players (“POC Tax“). Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission publishes latest industry statistics

The Gambling Commission has published industry statistics for the period 1 April 2010 to 30 September 2014.

The report can be read here.

Portugal: implementation of online gambling regulations imminent

By Antonio Moura Portugal, Partner, ABBC & Associados, Lisbon

Turismo de Portugal hosted a meeting yesterday (23 June) to discuss some technical aspects related with the new online gambling legal framework. There follows a summary of the main findings / conclusions from the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Commission reminds operators that bitcoin is “money’s worth”

The Gambling Commission has “written to a number of website operators offering prizes of money or money’s worth to gamblers in Britain that are not licensed by” the Commission to alert/remind them that any operator offering gambling services to British citizens using bitcoin as the basis of depositing and paying out requires an operating licence or they are acting illegally.

It is unlikely to surprise the recipients of such correspondence that they may be committing an offence. When bitcoin first emerged, online casinos that used bitcoin as the only payment method also emerged and claimed they were outside the scope of gambling regulation. Anyone with even a basic understanding of gambling law saw through such claims. It should be well-understood by now that even though bitcoin is not fiat currency, it nevertheless has “value” and wagering with it will be considered as gambling.

GB: Gambling Commission names new CEO

The Gambling Commission has announced that Sarah Harrison will join the Gambling Commission on 7 September and will become a Commissioner when she takes over from Jenny Williams as Chief Executive on 1 October 2015.

She is currently a Senior Partner at Ofgem where she leads the Sustainable Development Division.

Hungary: gambling laws criticised by the ECJ

The European Court of Justice has handed down its judgment in Case C-98/14 Berlington Hungary Tanácsadó és Szolgáltató Kft. and Others v Magyar Állam.

The court held that Hungarian legislation which prohibits the operation of slot machines outside casinos may be contrary to the principle of freedom to provide services. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Gambling Commission publishes analysis of trends in gambling behaviour over last 6 years

The Gambling Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014.

The report’s main findings are:

  • a “significant increase in remote gambling participation, in gambling participation amongst those from the AB (1) social grade and female participation in activities other than the National Lottery.
  • a decrease in participation in National Lottery draws, virtual gaming machines in bookmakers (FOBTs) and fruit/slot machines.
  • that frequency of gambling and average number of activities participated in has remained relatively stable since 2008.

The report can be read here.

Lithuania: incompatible laws notified to the European Commission – what next?

The Republic of Lithuania has notified proposed amendments to its Gambling Law to the European Commission, which limit licences to those entities established in Lithuania.

Read the rest of this entry »

EU: new AML rules approved by the Council of Europe

On 20 April 2015, the Council of Europe adopted its position at the first reading on new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. This is the part of the final stages of the passage of what will become the 4th Anti-Monely Laundering Directive. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission issues warning over “scam” binary options providers

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to consumers, designed to minimise the risk deriving from a current regulatory hiatus affecting binary options. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Gambling duties guidance notes – a reminder

A number of operators and suppliers are asking us questions about gambling duties.

As a reminder, the Government published an array of guidance on the subject, which can be found here.

Sweden: Proposed amendments to the Swedish Lotteries Act

By Christopher Buller, DLA Nordic.

An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government has proposed amendments to remove the differences between the prohibition and sanctions against  the promotion of unlicensed foreign lotteries and unlicensed national lotteries, and to issue orders and injunctions, under the penalty of fines, with immediate application. Read the rest of this entry »

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