Is that the end for Online Gambling in the EU!?

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  1. Marina

    Marina Administrator Staff Member

    This is not so good news for online gambling in the European Union!
    Wonder how this will end!

    EU court says countries can ban online gambling

    LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU countries can ban online gambling if their aim is to combat fraud,

    Europe's highest court said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the multi-billion euro online betting industry seeking to break domestic monopolies.

    The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) issued rulings on two separate challenges involving online gambling in the Netherlands.

    De Lotto, a Dutch non-profit-making foundation which offers

    games of chance, had asked a Dutch court to stop residents from using British bookmaker Ladbrokes' online gambling operation as it was not licensed in the Netherlands.

    Ladbrokes appealed to the

    Dutch Supreme Court after the lower court backed De Lotto. And the Dutch Supreme Court asked the ECJ in 2008 to rule whether the Dutch licensing system was compatible with EU law allowing for the free movement of goods and services across the 27-country European Union.

    In the second challenge, Betfair, the world's largest online gaming exchange, took its case to a Dutch court after Dutch authorities refused to grant it a license similar to others given to two Dutch companies. The court subsequently sought guidance from the ECJ.

    The ECJ backed the position of the lower Dutch court on Ladbrokes.

    "Such a restriction may be justified, in particular, by the objectives of consumer protection and the prevention of both fraud and incitement to squander money on gambling, as well as the need to preserve public order," it said. It cited the same rationale for the Betfair case.

    "The grant to such an operator of exclusive rights to operate games of chance, or the renewal of such rights, without any competitive tendering procedure would not appear to be disproportionate in the light of the objectives pursued by

    the Netherlands legislation," it said.

    Lobbying group the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) said the judicial process could not resolve Internet issues and urged the

    European Commission to take action on a pan-European level.

    "It is for the European legislator to ensure that this IT-based medium which allows for the highest security standards warrants consistent customer protection and fraud control throughout the EU," EGBA secretary-general Sigrid Ligne said.

    A host of online gambling companies have taken several

    European countries to court in a bid to break into lucrative markets but have found it a tough battle.

    Last September, the ECJ said countries could ban gambling websites in order to fight crime.

    Consultancy H2 Gambling Capital estimates the European interactive market could be worth as much as 12.6 billion euros ($15.50 billion) by 2012, up from 8.3 billion euros last year.

    EU court says countries can ban online gambling - Yahoo! News
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  2. Sparkz

    Sparkz Banned

    I kinda agree, theres too much fraudulent things when it comes to online gambling.

    I think especially here in the UK gambling should be cut down and banned in many ways.

    At the moment its beyond words how gambling companys try any tactic to get you to part with your hard earned cash.

    Lets take the overflow of recently opened real casinos. Even the smallest of towns have at least 2-3 betting offices (I recently was in a town with less than 2000 population and 2 betting offices were there). Doing things as casual as watching daytime TV also is just full of gambling advertising and thoese offers to tempt people in.

    Where the law is concerned at the moment the only real restrictions on gambling (apart from it being 18+ only) is that fruit machines are no longer permitted in fast food places but only "skill games" and any gambling related device my be labelled with "gamcare" and "gamble aware".

    With many online casinos the only anti fraud placements some have in place is when you withdraw they ask for identification... but this does nothing but stall payments and annoy the player. If they wanted to really combat fraud, underage gambling and compulsive gamblers from playing they would lock every new account upon it being opened and only unlock it when identification has been approved.

    Gambling is pretty much like using a loan shark. You may get a nice chunky payment paid up in 1 lump sum to you. But gradually overtime you will be paying all of that back and a hell of a lot more. Especially over the past year a lot of respect to once fair and responsible casinos had changed for the worse.

    If luring gambling ads and stalling tactics were cut out and asking for identification was put in place before you play them im sure a lot of fraudulent activitys regarding online gambling would be cut down
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