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The other day after having lost the tenth online auction because of the Internet connection speed of my smartphone, I started thinking about mobile gaming, mobile payments and how difficult is still to purchase an item on an e-commerce website using a smartphone. Despite the considerable increase of the number of smartphones in Italy (we are one of the countries with the highest percentage of mobiles per citizen), the  technologies dedicated to mobiles do not still allow players to use...

eGaming Review has defined - in a recent report - the Italian market "huge". Indeed - according to the report - the Italian market is expected to become by the end of 2009 the largest European gaming market generating a turnover of € 18.7 bn. Also, these figures are likely to considerably increase in the next years taking into account that the percentage of money lost by Italians online is expected to be just 5% in 2009 which is very low if compared to the UK where it is 18-20%. My understanding is that the...

I had discussed in a previous post about the draft law decree filed by Ms. Brambilla, the Italian Ministry of the Tourism, allowing the opening of casinos in all the Italian five stars hotels. This law proposal have been highly criticized also because according to the press it would have led to very limited benefits in the tourism sector, while it might become very dangerous for citizens. The Italian members of the Parliament seem to have now lowered their targets....

OUT-LAW.COM reports that Mr. Kaplan, the founder of BetOnSports.com, has been jailed for four years in the United States since Internet gambling is there illegal under local laws and Kaplan and his company were offering their games to US residents through the Internet, even if the company was based in Costa Rica. This news raises the interesting issue concerning the offer through the Internet of games by operators based abroad that do not hold a local gaming license. Indeed, Italian criminal laws require that the offer...

Playbonuscasino.com reports that Italian casinos and foreign casinos located close to Italian borders fear the negative consequences that might potentially derive from the launch of Videolottery casinos. As already discussed, the setting up of gaming halls dedicated to Videlotteries (VLTs) (the so called "VLT casinos") is expected to lead to considerable changes in the Italian gaming market where presently there are only 4 casinos, all located in the North of Italy (Venice, Sanremo, Campione d'Italia and Saint Vincent), and the opening of further casinos is prohibited by criminal laws,...