Posts Tagged ‘international regulations’

November 17, 2012

Going Legit

If legal internet gaming is the answer, then what is the question?

Black plus white generally equals grey, or at least gray.

The arrest questioning of Norbert Teufelberger in Belgium on Tuesday seems as good a time as any to post about something that may seem obvious to many but still gets asked often enough (and perhaps too often): how to build an Internet gaming business that’s onside the laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates.

The detention of Teufelberger, co-CEO of Bwin.Party, concerns the continued operations of a publicly traded online gaming company in Belgium and its presence on that country’s so-called “blacklist.” Bwin.Party is “whitelisted” in other jurisdictions, and contends Belgium’s laws restricting foreign-based operators run afoul of European Union law. But with that matter yet to be resolved, people are already wondering what Belgium’s legal interpretations mean for Bwin.Party’s licensing prospects in Nevada — and its partnership with US casino companies, MGM and Boyd Gaming. (On that subject, I defer to @BrianPempus‘s tweets, comments, and queries.)

But the Teufelberger-Belgium affair raises the question I still get asked all the time: What jurisdictions should I stay away from if I’m an Internet gaming operator?


Posted by at 1:53 pm

February 21, 2011

Norwegian Wouldn’t … (Would they?)

ISP blocking hints at dangerous territory

I secretly fear that the regulations online pokerers are fighting for could provide the foundations of a 21st Century global Internet police force that I would probably strongly oppose. Starts as an issue of taxation … then before you know it we’re talking freedom, death rays, and war!

But meh … we can deal with that later, as the internet tyrants will likely need consultants the way armies need bot programmers and access to our online funds.

Still … You can see the roots of such oppression in a land known for slippery slopes, as Norway thinks about blocking ISPs to keep out offshore purveyors of online gambling.

Posted by at 9:17 am