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Live poker tournaments have been recently very successful in Italy.  Italians love playing poker, but most of them cannot afford to reach every week-end one of the 4 casinos that are currently open in Italy. Consequently, poker clubs have been arranging a number of very popular poker tournaments. However, life has never been easy for poker clubs! Local police authorities were in charge of setting the rules governing such tournaments which gave rise to considerable inconsistencies between municipalities. To limit such inconsistencies, the Italian Parliament has empowered the Ministry of Home Affairs to issue the regulations governing the performance of live poker tournaments nationwide, and has also set forth the basic principles with which the Ministry shall abide in drafting the regulations. The operators...

As anticipated in my previous post, I have spoken today at a very interesting conference at ENADA Roma 2009, the international fair on amusement and gaming machines.  The topic of the conference was about videolotteries (VLT) that are expected to be launched on the Italian market by the end of the year. The main comments from gaming operators and speakers was that, because of the considerable wins offered by VLT which can reach € 500,000, there will be gaming halls able to attract a number of players due to the wins promised by VLTs and to even compete with the games offered by casinos. Casinos are currently located in Italy only in Venice, Sanremo, Saint Vincent and Campione d'Italia and the opening of...

Dear Reader,This is to inform you that I have been gently invited to speak at the ENADA Roma 2009, the international fair on amusement and gaming machines, during the round table named "VLT: Verità, Limitazioni e Tormenti" on the 7th of October at 3 pm. If any of you passes by there, please come to me to shake your hand.Giulio...

The Italian gaming authority has issued the decree setting the terms of the call for tenders relating to the assignment of the new licenses concerning the setting up and the management of the network connecting the NewSlots (the only type of slot machines which can be placed outside of casinos) and Videolotteries.  The current licenses will expire on 30 October 2010 and the Italian gaming authority will launch by 30 April 2010 a new call for tenders for the assignment of the network licenses which will last 9 years, starting from 1 November 2010.The call for tenders will be open only to operators that have reached experience in Italy or abroad in the gaming sector managing at least 2,500 gaming terminals. However, it will be possible to participate to...

The criminal court of Rome has issued a relevant decision on the liability of hosting providers in Italy. The dispute concerned the placing on the website www.ragazzeinvendita.com of banners connecting to the website www.girlsinchat.com where it was possible to connect via chat or via phone to the girls showed on the website. The proceeding concerned, among others, the contributory liability of the website www.ragazzeinvendita.com for the crime of exploitation of the prostitution. The court held that the company managing the website www.ragazzeinvendita.com was not liable for the crime since there was no connection with the company managing the website www.girlsinchat.com and in particular because the former did not gain any profit from the activity connected the second website.This decision is quite interesting since it follows the opinion of the Advocate General of...

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has issued today its opinion on the Google v. Louis Vuitton case which related to the possibility to consider the use by Google, in its advertising system "AdWords" of a keyword corresponding to a third party's registered trade mark as an infringement of that trade mark. The Advocate General held that:the selection by AdWords customers of a keyword reproducing or imitating a trade mark registered by a third party and covering identical or similar goods and the displaying of ads in response to keywords reproducing or imitating registered trade marks without the trade mark owner's authorisation does not give rise to a trade mark infringement and therefore a trade mark owner cannot...

The Italian Gaming Authority has launched the call for tenders on the so called "instant lotteries". Instant lotteries include "paper scratch cards" that can now be purchased in almost any tabacco shop in Italy (even though they can be sold also abroad) and "online scratch cards" which are accessible on the websites of any licensees. Players scartching the paper or the online scratch cards can win hundreds of thousand of Euros. The call for tenders is open to all the companies which:during the period 2006-2008 have reached a turnover equal to at least € 150,000,000 in the gaming sector. However, if the company has been established less than 3 years before the call for tenders its financial soundness shall be proved also merely through declarations from at least two banks; collected...

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 requiring that gaming operators can offer their games to people located in their country only if they obtain a local gaming license. This means that if, in the worst scenario for gaming operators, this approach would be followed by all the...