Italian soccer alarmed by ban on gambling adverts

Italian soccer's top league has expressed "extreme worry" after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy.
06/07/2018
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    Brazil’s long-expected gambling expansion will have to wait until 2019, according to a key legislator. On Wednesday, Chamber of Deputies president Rodrigo Maia met with party leaders to discuss the country’s proposed must-pass tourism legislation, which is scheduled to be voted on next week. Deputy Heculano Passos told Games Magazine Brasil that resort casinos wouldn’t...
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    Irish bookies have called for an independent regulator to be set up to investigate issues of problem gambling in Ireland and are urging for this to be done as soon as reasonably possible. The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) are the ones speaking out about the issue; they want the...
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  • Komeito party might vote against IR bill

    Japan’s IR bill could face some headwind as opinions within the Komeito party remain divided and some politicians might vote against it. Japan.- Integrated resorts may be getting close to becoming a reality in Japan as the submission of the IR Implementation Bill draws near. However, division within the...
  • UK limits online gambling bonus offers

    The Competition and Markets Authority has branded online gambling bonus offers as potentially “unfair” and “misleading”. UK.- Online gambling operators have suffered a setback as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that some bonus offers’ terms are “likely to be unfair, in breach of consumer protection law, and...
  • Delaware could reduce casino taxes

    US.- Lawmakers in the state of Delaware are ready to study the possibility of reducing state’s taxes on casino revenues as gaming venues are in danger of shuting down their operations due to financial problems. Senate Bill 114, introduced by Sen. Brian Bushweller, would cut the tax on table...
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    Canadian iGaming market has been extended with recent license to operate a live casino. Canada.- Gaming authorities in Canada have integrated new modality in order to expand online gaming services. The national government approved this week a gaming license to grant the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) a permission...
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    US.- Massachusetts authorities have joined the federal debate related to a potential legal sports betting industry. Over 18 states have shown their interest in legalising sports betting operations if the federal government is forced to change current PASPA legislation under a resolution released by the US Supreme Court. After...
  • Belgium’s restrictive new online gambling rules close to reality

    Belgium’s restrictive new online gambling rules appear set to become law as the European Commission’s standstill period comes to a close. Last October, Belgian legislators approved plans to impose significant new curbs on online gambling operators, including a near-total ban on gambling advertising and a virtual prohibition of affiliate marketing activity....
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    Five online casino companies could lose their licence to operate, after industry regulator the Gambling Commission warned they were not doing enough to stop criminals using their websites to launder money. The commission has written to 17 online casino companies, flagging up the “serious nature” of its findings on their controls...
  • Portugal online gambling market suffers first revenue decline

    Portugal’s regulated online gambling market took a step backward in Q2 as locally licensed operators struggled to find new customers. The Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) regulatory body released its Q2 and H1 2017 online gambling figures on Tuesday, which showed the market’s seven...
  • Compliance Briefing: London to guide gaming industry to regulatory compliance

    The latest Compliance Briefing event, hosted by iGaming Academy, is coming to London on October 12th 2017. This one day event is designed to educate the online betting and gaming industry on significant regulatory changes upcoming 2017-18 that will impact their businesses. The event will be a deep-dive into...
  • Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

    A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines. The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist...
  • Bet365 faces legal action over delay in paying winning punter £54,000

    Bet365, one of the internet’s biggest bookmakers, is facing legal action from a customer over its failure to transfer a £54,000 balance to her bank account despite repeated requests over a period of months. While refusing to release the backer’s winnings on a series of horse racing bets, Bet365...
  • Ladbrokes could face inquiry after betting addicts’ details found in bin bag

    Ladbrokes could face an investigation from the gambling regulator over an incident in which confidential information about betting addicts, including photos, names and addresses, was found in a bin bag on the street. The Gambling Commission said it was looking into the bookmaker’s compliance with data protection laws after a passer-by found...
  • Sports betting ads to be banned ‘siren to siren’

    The federal government is poised to introduce new laws to ban gamb­ling advertising during live sporting events as early as next week — but the imminent move has prompted angry opposition from sporting bodies, which say the move will dramatically reduce funds for grassroots sport. The Australian understands that...
  • State-regulated online gambling ban may be reintroduced

    Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General is reportedly considering the reintroduction of a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the US.   Reports in the Huffington Post say that Sessions could consider reintroducing the ban despite a lack of public support and strong opposition from the National...
  • Ukraine to lift gambling ban

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine has accepted a Ministry of Finance letter promising to re-legalise gambling by 2018, almost eight years after it was outlawed. A previous legalisation proposal two years prior failed as operators felt that the tax rates and licensing fees were too high. Thosegambling ban implied...
  • US Department of Justice establish repayment plan for victims of Absolute Poker’s “Black Friday” fraud

    The Department of Justice have recently announced that Absolute Poker is to compensate players through a claims process similar to that of Full Tilt, which is part of an ongoing civil complaint settlement following the events of online poker’s “Black Friday” in 2011. In April 2011, the U.S. Department...
  • The EC rubber stamps Portugal’s online poker shared liquidity framework

    After a long and laborious wait, the European Commission finally rubber-stamped a technical framework from the Serviços de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos allowing them to start negotiating with other European regulators on a shared online poker liquidity scheme. The sorry saga for online poker pros trying to ply...
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