Five things you need to know in gaming today – Friday, March 6

Five things you need to know in gaming today – Friday, March 6

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ireland is on the verge of introducing a new online betting law that will help the country raise up to €25m ($27.5m) in additional tax each year. The law will require remote bookmakers and betting exchanges that offer services in Ireland to obtain a licence regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the country. Subject to approval by the Irish president, the new law is expected to come into force in the middle of this year...

Meanwhile Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has become the latest in a line of high-profile politicians to call for a reduction in the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK. The machines have been criticised for their addictive nature and the ability for players to spend up to £300 in just one minute. Murphy has now signed up to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s push for the maximum stake to be reduced from £100 to just £2...

Over in Norway, the country’s Culture Ministry has established a new unit to help combat match fixing in the Scandinavian country. The unit will become part of the Lotteritilsynet national regulatory body and will feature input from operators such as Norsk Tipping and sports bodies including the Norwegian Football Federation...

Also in Europe, Spanish online gaming regulatory body the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego has named José Antonio García as its new deputy director general of management and institutional relations...

And finally, an effort to legalise online gaming in Pennsylvania has been given a boost after a second internet gambling bill was introduced in the space of two weeks in the US state. Put forward by State Representative Nick Miccarelli, the new bill differs from the one introduced by John Payne last week in that it only seeks to legalise online poker. Miccarelli’s HB 695 bill also includes a bad actor clause that would ban operators that accepted online gaming wagers in the US after December 31, 2006 – unless they had a licence at the time – from acquiring a licence in Pennsylvania.

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