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The Administrative Court of Lazio Region has issued an interim suspension of the efficacy of the Italian decree on poker cash games and casino games following a claim from Microgame, one of the main Italian gaming operators (not to be confused with Microgaming). Based on the information currently available on the press, Microgame has challenged the legitimacy of the decree on cash games and casino games - as according to them - the Italian Gaming Authority would have introduced substantial amendments to the draft decree that had been notified to the European Commission. On the contrary, according to the Italian Gaming Authority the extension of the provisions of the decree had been agreed with the European Commission and...

Once again following the recent Bwin v. Santa Casa decision, the European Court of Justice has declared an European gaming monopoly compliant with the EU principles to provide services in two decisions involving Betfair and Ladbrokes against the Dutch gaming monopoly. To give you a but of background information, Dutch legislation in relation to games of chance is based on a system of exclusive licenses under which only one license is granted in respect of each of the games of chance authorized and the offering games of chance interactively via the internet in the Netherlands is completely banned. De Lotto is a non-profit-making foundation holding a license for the organization of sports-related prize ...

The Italian Gaming Authority has published a Bulletin Circular providing the details on the technical authorization process to be performed by Italian licensed operators before starting the  offer of online skill games (including poker tournaments), poker cash games and casino games. New entrants in the market interested in the offer of such games shall - before starting the offer of their games to Italian residents -:apply and obtain an Italian online gaming license;have their gaming platform and each offered game certified by a certification entity accredited with the Italian Gaming Authority;submit to the Italian Gaming Authority the project relating to their gaming platform and each offered game; andobtain the technical authorization for the offer such games by the Italian Gaming...

As discussed in a previous post, the new Italian online gaming license regime will allow operators to locate their company and their servers in any country of the European Economic Area. This represents a considerable advantage for gaming operators that will be able to set up their company in countries with a tax regime much more favorable than Italy like Malta. In this context, a friend of GamingTechLAW, Ian Gauci, a partner in the Maltese law firm Gatt Tufigno Gauci, Advocates, was so kind in providing the post below that gives some insights on the reasons why Malta is a favorable country for gaming operators.  Enjoy the article! As the first EU country to formally regulate iGaming, Malta has established itself...

As anticipated in a previous post, the lawfulness of gaming terminals (the so called "totem") installed in public places (e.g. coffee and tabacco shops, department stores etc.) connecting to online gaming websites (including licensed websites) has been the topic of long debates during the last years. Indeed, some online gaming operators base most of their business on totems located in shops and this circumstance generated considerable complaints from other operators arguing that the online offer of games should be only "online". Totems have been highly criticised also because they are the main source of illegal activities as shop assistants in some cases collect bets on behalf of their clients and place them through totems located in their shops. Such practice is in...

The Italian Gaming Authority has finally declared that the testing phase relating to videolotteries (VLTs) is now over. After the long wait, licensees will be shortly entitled to install up to 56,697 VLTs awarding maximum wins up to € 500,000 which is a massive change for a country where there are only 4 "real" casinos (that were obviously among the major oppenents of VLTs) and criminal laws prohibit the opening up of new casinos.This represents a relevant opportunity for:gaming operators and managers since they will be able to set up VLT casinos reproducing the "look and feel" of real casinos and, if this business model is succesful, Italian players are likely to prefer VLT casinos located close to their cities to...

As it was foreseeable after the clearance from the European Commission on the decree setting the new licensing regime in Italy, the EC has now decided to close a number of cases relating to Italian gambling laws.  The European Commission had challenged the compliance with the EU principle of freedom to provide services of some restrictions prescribed by Italian gaming laws against foreign operators. Indeed, the old regime required that operators holding an Italian online gaming license had to locate their servers and their company in Italy. On the contrary, as stressed in a previous post, this obligation has now been removed and operators applying for an Italian gaming license will be entitled to locate their legal seat and equipment in...

As anticipated in a previous post, I have attended the conference “Gioco online: è boom. Tra innovazione e regolamentazione” (Online Gaming: it is a boom. Between innovation and regulation) where the Politecnico di Milano (one of the main Italian Universities) has presented the results of a very detailed study of the Italian online gaming market whose reliability cannot be doubted as it has been drafted in cooperation with the Italian Gaming Authority. To give you a glance of the results of such study: according to the Politecnico di Milano the turnover of the Italian online gaming market has been of € 3.7 bn in 2009 and it is expected to double in 2010 following the launch of poker cash games and casino...

Dislike what had arisen from the initial rumors, according to the Italian gaming authority the decree regulating the issue of the new Italian online gaming licenses will be passed at the beginning of May. Operators that intend to enter in the largest European online gaming market should start getting ready, developing a business plan and working on their platforms to make them compliant with Italian gaming law requirements that are very stringent. As already stressed in a previous post, the peculiarity of the new licensing regime is that it will allow operators to locate their legal seat and equipment in any country of the European Economic Area, or in any other country (e.g. Isle of Man, Alderney etc.) that will enter into bilateral...

On 21 April 2010, it will take place at the Politecnico of Milan, one of the main Italian Universities, the conference “Gioco online: è boom. Tra innovazione e regolamentazione” (Online Gaming: it is a boom. Between innovation and regulation). The conference will represent one of the main Italian events on online gaming, with speakers from the Italian Gaming Authority and some of the most relevant gaming operators.Also, it will be an interesting opportunity for new entrants to better understand the Italian gaming market as the Politecnico of Milan will provide during the conference - equipped with simultaneous English translation facilities - the results of a very detailed research on the Italian online gaming.If you intend to attend the conference, send an email...