Daniel Macadam - Europe Editor
Spain’s gambling regulator has sent cease and desist warnings to 12 unlicensed operators, including companies linked to Betsson, Gaming VC and 12Bet.
Kiel-based Mybet said Germany’s much-maligned wagers tax has not hit the company’s business because it just passes the tax on to the punter.
Betfair has decided to switch off its German-facing betting exchange, but could still be left with up to £25m of tax liabilities in Germany.
Spain’s government is drawing up new rules to cut regional red tape which experts believe could give the Spanish terrestrial gambling industry a much-needed boost in 2013.
As Portuguese legislators vote this month on an austerity budget containing a 20 percent winnings tax, state lottery Santa Casa hopes it will be partnered with a fresh crackdown on illegal online gambling.
Belgium’s blocking of unlicensed websites has cost Bwin.Party €700,000 a month since May, but the company is still operating in Belgium, company executives told analysts on Friday.
Unibet, which claims to be the second largest online operator in Denmark, has said there needs to be a “level playing field” with the largest, state lottery Danske Spil.
Spain’s advertising watchdog has cleared an advert for Bwin’s Spanish gaming site binguez.es in one of the first tests of marketing guidelines in the newly-regulated market.
As the final round of licensing gets underway in Germany, lawyers have warned that the sports-betting licences will be challenged in court as soon as they are issued.
The Netherlands’ two largest political parties agreed on Monday to a coalition government that is committed to privatising Dutch monopoly, Holland Casino, and licensing and taxing online gambling.