Andrew Tottenham - September 24, 2018

It Might Walk Like A Duck, But Is It?

The European Commission has finally decided to drop its action for illegal State aid against the Greek government in a case about entry fees payable by visitors to the Greek casinos. The background to the case is that each Greek… [see full article]

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Fighting Money Laundering with Regulations and Due Diligence

Money laundering, or should I say anti-money laundering (AML), is concentrating the minds of people in the gambling industry all around the globe. The EU implemented the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive in June 2017. The UK Gambling Commission has handed… [see full article]

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A casino gaming revival is taking place in Paris

Something has been happening in Paris, and few in the international gaming industry have heard about it. Casino gambling has historically not been legal in the city of Paris. In 1920, a French government decree stated that no casinos could… [see full article]

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FOBTs: where on Earth did they come from? And why?

As most of you may know, the long-awaited decision on whether to cut the maximum bet on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) has been pushed back again. Some of you, though, may well be asking: what, exactly, are these FOBTs, Continue Reading

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Think before you legislate!

With the impending Supreme Court of the United States opinion regarding whether the States have the right to offer sport betting, and whether Congress overstepped its powers with PAPSA in 1992 in limiting the number of States that can do… Continue Reading

Andrew Tottenham - June 9, 2016

Poking A Gorilla In The Eye With A Sharp Stick – DFS in America

Unless you have been living at the bottom of a well you will have heard about the troubles facing America’s Daily Fantasy Sports industry (DFS).  DFS has been caught in an argument as to whether it is skill or gambling and the consequences of it being one or the other are potentially enormous. Clearly it […]

Andrew Tottenham - May 18, 2015

When it comes to gambling European case law is an ass!

The European Commission started to get interested in the gambling (and when I write “gambling” I include betting) industry in 1990 when it commissioned Coopers & Lybrand to write a report on the European industry as part of their 1992 Harmonisation program. It did not help that the C&L report was badly flawed; adding gaming […]