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The recent decision of the European Court of Justice (see Landmark Decision of the ECJ on European gaming monopolies) in the Bwin vs. Santa Casa dispute might have considerable side effects on the online gaming business. The court held that overriding reasons in the public interest justify limitations set forth by local gaming laws to the principle of freedom to provide services set forth in the EC Treaty.In practical terms, it means that in theory any EU Member State could implement laws...

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued yesterday its decision on the dispute between the Austrian gaming operator, Bwin, and the Portuguese gaming monopolist, Santa Casa de Misericòdia de Lisboa (Santa Casa). The dispute concerns Bwin’s sponsorship of the Portuguese professional football league which Santa Casa had challenged stating that the deal is in breach of of Portugal’s advertising code that expressly prohibits the advertising of games of chance in Portugal, except for games developed by Santa Casa, and issued...

Italian newspapers report today the information about the potential acquisition by Bwin, the listed Austrian gambling company, of Gioco Digitale, one of the biggest Italian licensed gaming operators which has been recently active especially in the skill games sector. According to the press, Bwin will pay € 90-95m for 100% of Gioco Digitale. The negotiations have been confirmed by Bwin's management, but are still ongoing and in particular it is not clear what impact the potential acquisition will have on...

After several years of disputes, the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (the "Consiglio di Stato") has issued a preliminary ruling in favour of Stanley International ordering the reopening of Stanley's betting outlets in Italy. Indeed, since 1994 Stanley International has been running in Italy betting outlets involved in the offer of betting services in absence of an Italian gaming licence. Italian authorities had ordered the closure of such outlets for the breach of Italian gaming laws which require an Italian gaming...

The Italian gaming authority has sent to the EC Commission the draft decrees regulating (i) videolotteries and (ii) cash games and fixed odd games of chance. The EC Commission will have now a 90 days period to raise any relevant comment or request of amendments. Prior to expire of such term the decrees cannot be issued and therefore licensees will not be entitled to lauch such games.The most relevant contents of the draft decrees are the following:VIDEOLOTTERIESthe maximum cost of...