Andrew Tottenham - November 21, 2018

Not everything in Greece is as straightforward as it appears

The publication of the RFP for the new casino license in the Hellinikon project in Athens has been delayed. It was supposed to have been issued last month, but the delay is not surprising given the complexity of this RFP…. [continue reading]

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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Casinos in Italy May Be an Endangered Species

Italy, with a population of nearly 70 million, has only four casinos, all of which are located in the north of the country and are owned and regulated by local municipalities. Despite their shared monopoly they have fallen on hard… [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

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If you build it, they won´t not come

Guillermo Fernández Vara, President of the Spanish region of Extremadura, has recently proposed legal changes which would allow for fast track planning consents and lower gambling taxes for the development and operation of large scale leisure complexes – those with a minimum investment of €1 billion. These complexes could feasibly include hotels, spas, conference centres, […]

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More Better Data, Please

The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has released its annual report on participation rates and the perception of gambling for 2017. Every year, the Gambling Commission ask approximately 8,000 people (4,000 men and 4,000 women) about their gambling in the last four weeks, with the report usually published in February of the following year. Continue […]

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When success can be too much of a good thing

What do Italy, the UK, Slovakia, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Australia have in common? Answer: they all have experienced a significant public push back against a proliferation of gaming machines. This is hardly surprising, given the extraordinary density of these machines in these jurisdictions, some of which have relatively small populations. Continue Reading

Andrew Tottenham - October 27, 2016

Backlash – The People Strike Back

No, this is not a piece about the rise of Donald Trump or nationalism in Europe or even Brexit. It is about the move against gambling machines in Europe where we are seeing a rise in opposition to the expansion of gambling similar to what we have seen in the last few decades, specifically, in […]

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 […]