Monday, February 6, 2023

Tag: Politics

Dugher: The government should ignore the extremists and stick with evidence

Michael Dugher - government should ignore the extremists and stick with evidence
In gambling regulation, just as in politics, sensible moderate solutions are too often drowned out by a shouting match between the extremes. In a parliament facing piece for PolHome, Michael Dugher, CEO of the UK’s Betting and Gambling Council, urges the government to stand firm and engage with the facts

‘Gambling won’t decide the next election – but Red Wall voters will’

Michael Dugher Betting and Gaming Council Gambling Review Betting limits
Elaborating on the widespread unpopularity of state-imposed betting limits, Michael Dugher, chief executive of the UK Betting and Gaming Council, writes for PolHome on the dangers of too much regulation - which will not only undermine the market, but the northern Tory vote.

POGO-linked sex trafficking renews calls for tighter rules

Philippines Risa Hontiveros POGO licencing offshore operators
Offshore operators in the Philippines are to face tighter scrutiny after a senate committee heard cases of sex trafficking linked to the sector.

Spanish coalition commits to Tobacco-style gambling regulation

Spanish coalition gambling regulation
Spain’s coalition government has committed urgent new restrictions on the gambling industry - including measures to restrict advertising and prohibiting..

China to ‘break the chain’ of cross-border gambling

China gambling 2020
Chinese authorities have announced escalated efforts to “break the chain” of offshore online gambling companies servicing mainland Chinese in 2020..

Katter backs US-style online gaming rights for First Australians

Katter US online gaming tax
First Australians are calling for the exclusive rights to licence and tax online gambling, proposing a regulatory model similar to US tribal compacts.

In-app streaming deals trigger MPs ahead of gambling review

FA streaming MP gambling
News of the UK Football Association allowing betting firms to live stream matches has triggered an emotional debate in the House of Commons in January..

Florida sports betting could skip public vote, say lawyers

Florida sports betting public
The road to sports betting in Florida is blocked by a constitutional amendment requiring 60 percent approval by referendum. Even though public opinion..

Gibraltar rather ‘walk’ from EU trade deal, than sever ties with UK

Gibraltar jurisdictions
After the Spanish Secretary of State assured Spain would have the “final say” on Gibraltar in any EU-UK trade talks...

MPs vow to ‘go after’ online firms ‘just like we did with FOBTs’

MPs online firms
The assault on British betting shops has done little to dampen anti-gambling fervour in Westminster, as MPs release yet another radical report - this time..

GBGC: Picking the best of a bad bunch

Warwick Bartlett GBGC election manifesto UK
Warwick Bartlett, chief executive of the Isle of Man based consultancy firm, GBGC, give his rather gloomy assessment on what this election means for the future of British gambling

UK election hopefuls put gambling in the crosshairs

Election Gambling Commission Westminster
As British voters head towards the third general election in just four years, it appears all the manifestos on offer include a significant tightening of..

Lib dems call demand ‘overhaul’ of responsible gambling approach

Jo Swinson Lib Dems overhaul responsible gambling
The UK’s third political party, the Liberal Democrats, have upped their rhetoric on British gambling ahead of the snap election - calling for an overhaul of responsible messaging

Kentucky candidate for governor backs gambling expansion

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear
Moves are afoot to introduce gambling for the first time in Kentucky - one of only ten US states with no commercial or tribal casinos.

Manila warms to Beijing, cools pressure on offshore gambling

Duterte beijing gambling
After a tense meeting between the two leaders, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is criticised for yielding to his Chinese counterpart on drilling in..

Cabinet reshuffle sees new DCMS minister

DCMS minister
A sweeping reshuffle of the governing front bench has seen Nicky Morgan assume the top job in charge of gambling.

A message to the new European Commission: Don’t bet against online consumers

European Commission online consumers
The cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national rules, writes Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and..

Bricking it: Brazil’s House of Deputies proposes step forward in online legislation

Brazil, House of Deputies, online, legislation, politics
Brazil’s House of Deputies has proposed another step forward in gambling legislation, with 32 new land-based casino licences on the cards. However, is PL530/2019 a necessary step toward establishing an online market, or another fumble…

Irish government finally pushes legislation

Irish government, legislation, politics, gaming
The Irish government has stated long-awaited amendments to the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act are set to be drafted in 2019, including the formation of an independent regulator. Initially begun in 2015, the proposals were delayed by significant…

CJEU rules in favour of Italian restraints

CJEU, Italy, restraints, politics
The Court of the Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of the rigidly-controlled Italian framework for lotteries, whilst considering the case of Malta-based StanleyBet. The judgement on case C-375/17…

Brazilian uncertainty as Bolsonaro wavers on wagers

Brazil, football, BOLSONARO
With Bolsonaro relying on a wave of traditional, nationalist feeling to ride into power, a progressive attitude to gambling legislation was far from the core of his campaign. But while the new president is visibly unsure of whether to back legislation,

Indian Law Commission turns its back on its own report

India, Politics
The Law Commission of India has doubled back on its own recommendations, advising the Indian Parliament to enact a total prohibition of betting and gambling in the country. The proposal, tabled by union minister of law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad,

UK online sector relieved at six percent tax hike

UK, online sector, politics, tax
The UK sector narrowly dodged a double dose of bad news in the autumn budget as chancellor Philip Hammond opts for a more reasonable rate rise than many had feared - and will delay the new FOBT machine stake until October 2019. The UK treasury has announced a rise…

Israel issues first online injunctions as gambling crackdown increases

ISRAEL, LEGISLATION, africa, politics
A court in Israel has levied its first injunction on three online gambling sites, ordering local ISPs to block the operators under authority granted by the Powers to Prevent Offenses Through an Internet Site Law 5767-2017. The Tel Aviv District Court,

UK Treasury poised to deliver ‘drastic’ online tax rise

Tax hike treasury
The UK treasury is preparing to announce a rise in online taxes, when it delivers the autumn budget next week – that could see liabilities increase by ten percent. The rise is being devised to compensate for lost tax receipts after the controversial cut in

Kenya responds to operator pressure with tax decrease proposal

KENYA, TAXATION, Kenyan National Assembly, politics
Kenyan National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has tabled a bill to reduce the widely-criticised 35 percent tax on gambling operators introduced on 1 January this year. If approved by Parliament, the tax will be capped at 15 percent, a significant...

Spanish operators to lose out in proposed advertising restrictions

SPAIN advertisment
The Spanish government has outlined plans to limit gambling advertising as part of its 2019 Budget submission to the European Union. The document, compiled by prime minister Pedro Sánchez and members of the Podemos party, aims to place restrictions…

Is federal oversight com to US sports betting?

Capitol Hill
With talk of federal sports betting law doing the rounds on Capitol Hill, Michael Pollock, MD of Spectrum Gaming, and Jeremy Kleiman, NJ-based gaming lawyer at Saiber, discuss who might benefit from a congressional intervention - and why we won’t see one soon.

Paris High Court maintains Betclic complaint against PMU

Paris High court
The Paris High Court of Appeals has sustained a 2018 ruling by the French Commercial Tribunal that operator PMU engaged in anti-competition practices. The state-owned racing firm had sought to appeal the February decision, which found the company had been …

Kenyan operators punished as government overturns proposed tax reduction

The recommendation by Kenya’s National Finance and Planning committee to reduce tax paid by gambling operators has been dismissed by the country’s parliament. The proposal, made as part of an appraisal of the Finance Bill 2018…