Daniel Macadam - Europe Editor
Schleswig-Holstein has quietly issued three more online betting licences ahead of a possible vote next week to repeal the breakaway German state’s gambling laws.
Hungary’s government has submitted plans to the European Commission that will formally regulate online sports betting and casino games for the first time.
Spain’s online and land-based gambling firms are deeply divided on whether lucrative internet slot games should be allowed to launch in 2013.
Austria’s constitutional court has ruled that Austrian Lotteries’ online gambling and lottery monopoly licence was not awarded illegally by the finance ministry.
UK gambling minister Hugh Robertson has defended plans to force online gambling companies to take a UK licence, saying they will protect players from sites in less reputable jurisdictions.
OPAP’s agents will start a long-lasting strike today at an estimated cost of €15m-a-day in protest against new player taxes in force on the Greek gambling monopoly.
Madrid lawmakers have passed new regulations that will allow Las Vegas Sands (LVS) to pursue its €15bn EuroVegas resort in the Spanish capital, despite accusations from opposition parties that it is a bill full of “rage and shame”.
Finnish state monopoly Veikkaus has pulled the plug on its international unit after just 18 months, having seen its main business plan vetoed by the government.
London-listed 888 will no longer accept sports bets from Australian punters, citing “regulation changes” in the lucrative Australian market.
Schleswig-Holstein’s first online casino licences to 12 companies including Bwin.Party and PokerStars have jolted the German gambling market and its planned prohibition of internet casino and poker.