Gambling

Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority to conduct an extensive assessment on the legitimacy of the state operated legal gambling monopoly in 2019

Finland has traditionally had one of the most stringent gambling regimes in the EU with a legal monopoly in place under the Lottery Act (2001/1047). The legal monopoly for the execution and marketing of physical and remote gambling games resides with Veikkaus Oy Ab, a legal entity owned fully by the Finnish government. The monopoly covers games of chance, betting, toto games, slots machines and casinos. Gambling profits are distributed under the Lottery Act to “good …

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New set of rules on taxation for gambling sector in Romania

On 29 December 2018 the final form of the law introducing new taxes for the online gambling sector was published in the Official Gazette by Government Emergency Ordinance no. 114/2018 (“GEO no. 114/2018”). GEO no. 114/2018 entered into force on the same day. 1. New tax duties for the online sector Article 53 of GEO no. 114/2018 provides that starting with 01 January 2019 the online gambling organizers are obliged to pay a monthly tax …

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Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the first edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and remote gambling, advertising restrictions and current developments affecting gaming operators. You may download the complete chapter here.

DLA Piper Gaming event before the ICE. Come and join us!

DLA Piper gambling event will take place the day before the beginning of the ICE gaming conference in London. It has now become a tradition for legal experts, business managers and advisors to meet up for a thorough update on the development of the global gaming market. Gambling regulatory regimes are in a constant state of change. New markets are opening up, new licenses are available and new obligations are being imposed on operators and …

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Further changes to PIT exemption for gaming players in Poland

Starting from 2018 PIT exemptions for gambling winnings were changed. In particular, all types of gambling (therefore, online casino as well) organized and run by an eligible entity under the gambling legislation in force in a Member State of the European Union or in another country belonging to the European Economic Area are PIT exempt only if the one-time value of winnings does not exceed PLN 2280 (only winnings in a poker tournament are subject to exemption without limitation).

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New Italian online gaming licenses now available!

The tender for the award of new Italian online gaming licenses has now been launched, but operators have to hurry up! The long awaited Italian online gaming licenses are now available and below is the basic information that you need to know How Italian online gaming licenses are going to be awarded? The main terms of the tender are the following: 1. How many Italian online gaming licenses? There will be 120 licenses to be awarded on a “first come first …

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E-Sport will finally be recognised as a sport in Poland

On 14 March 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted a draft law amending the Act of 25 June 2010 on Sport (accessible here). The draft is currently subject to its first reading in parliament. The draft introduces an extension to the existing definition of sport, supplementing the solely physical activity expressed thus far in the sports law with “competition based on intellectual activity aimed at achieving a sports result”.

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Proposed restrictions on gambling during broadcast (including online platforms) in Australia

On 6 May 2017 the Australian Government announced the Broadcast and Content Reform Package which, among other things, affects the current broadcasting regime that covers gambling advertising and promotions during live sports programmes. The reform package includes a prohibition on gambling promotions from five minutes before the scheduled start of play in all live sports broadcasts to five minutes after the conclusion of play until 8:30 pm (after which the existing regime will apply). The restriction targets programmes aimed at an …

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