Online Slots Launch Date
As expected, after a year of delay online slots have been finally launched on Italian licensed websites today.
Indeed, the major issue of Italian licensed platforms so far has been the competition from unlicensed sites since the size of the black market in the online casino sector was expected to be 70% of the actual market because of the lack of online slots. Now that players can find the same types of games on licensed platform, it is likely they will switch to licensed platforms without taking the risk of criminal sanctions for illegal gambling on unlicensed platforms and for tax frauds as winnings on licensed platforms are taxed at the source while winnings on unlicensed platforms should be subject to taxation and if not declared players can face criminal penalties.
This change might open a season of changes in the Italian gaming market that will see the launch of betting exchange games and bets on virtual events but what operators more wait for is the implementation of rules allowing the offering of bets that are not included in the official AAMS schedule.
Finally, as of the 1st of December 2012, AAMS has been cancelled and merged with the Customs Authority to form the “Agenzia dei Monopoli e delle Dogane”. It is likely that nothing will change for operators other than some logos on their sites, but everything is still uncertain.
Do you want to know more on the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio.
WRITTEN BY GIULIO CORAGGIO
IT, gaming, privacy and commercial lawyer at the leading law firm DLA Piper. You can contact me via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at +39 334 688 1147.