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Changes at the
National regulations likely
EC: US measures
top for Gamestec
to control online gaming
“discriminatory”
Following the
appointment of
T
he European Parliament has and cultures. It also underlines that its draft report
Chris Butler as adopted a resolution on online online gambling operators must T
he European Commission has
finalised
following a year-long
Gamestec gambling that points the way comply with the gambling legislation investigation into United States
Leisure’s new to continued exclusion of the sector of the Member State in which they measures affecting foreign suppliers
Managing from the application of EU Internal provide their services and in which of Internet gambling services.
Director, Peter Market principles. the gaming consumer The investigation has found that
Collinge has now joined the Ron Goudsmit, resides. US laws on remote gambling and
company as Operations Director. Chairman of the The resolution calls their enforcement against EU
Peter has 26 years experience in European Casino on the Commission to companies constitute an obstacle to
the UK gaming industry, holding Association, welcomed carry out research trade that is inconsistent with World
senior operational and commercial the resolution, saying into the risks of online Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, and
management roles in casinos, bingo that it: “acknowledges gambling, to take discriminate against foreign
operators, and digital server-based that Member States are best placed appropriate measures to combat suppliers of gambling and betting
gaming operations. to ensure consumer protection and illegal online gambling services and services inconsistently with US
Most recently he was Operations fraud prevention through the aggressive gambling advertising, WTO obligations.
Director at Games Media and Field regulation and control of their and to come forward with proposals The provisional conclusions of the
Operations Director of Leisure Link, individual gambling markets.” for an EU approach to regulating report imply that WTO proceedings
part of the Inspired Gaming Group. The resolution, which was passed online gambling. against US measures would be
Chris Butler said: “Peter is a with 544 Members of the European A Europe-wide gambling policy justified, but the report indicates
respected figure in the UK gaming Parliament in favour, 36 against and could support national regulations, that the issue should be taken up
and amusement machines sector 66 abstentions, supports the rights and mean that players are taxed with the US Administration, with a
and knows the industry inside-out. of EU member states to regulate under the laws of the country they view to finding a negotiated solution.
He will bring further depth to the and control their gambling markets live in rather than the country the EU Trade Commissioner Catherine
management team and ensure we in accordance with their traditions operator is based in. Ashton said: "It is for the US to
continue to deliver the best service decide how best to regulate Internet
possible to our customers.”
Topless gaming in St Tropez?
gambling in its market, but this must
be done in a way that fully respects
Asian Poker Fest
WTO obligations. “
European companies are still now
T
his year’s Asian Poker Tour subject to legal proceedings by US
will be a 12-day festival of C
asino Barrière de Sainte- Ideally located in a town with
Maxime, with views over the more than 250 sunny days a year,
Gulf of St Tropez, the casino is the first to authorities based on their past
poker, running from August claims to be the first casino provide a true, open-air activities on the US online gambling
12th–23rd at the Galaxy StarWorld in France to provide a true terrace for gamers to enjoy. and betting market. The proceedings
Hotel and Casino in Macau. open-air gaming terrace. The roof takes a few minutes are continuing despite the
Asian Poker Tour CEO Chris An 80m
2
slot hall has been to open or close, and the area withdrawal of European companies
Parker said: “The Festival will equipped with a retractable glazed it covers features 39 slot machines. from the US market in 2006. The
feature a side event schedule never sliding roof that allows players to When the roof is open, the terrace report comes to the conclusion that
seen in Asia before, including enjoy daylight or views of the stars, can be used by smokers, as well as these proceedings are legally not
several new formats that will stir the all year round. by sun-worshippers... justified and discriminatory.
curiosity of poker enthusiasts at all
levels. We believe Asia’s first
festival of poker will establish
MEI licences Money Controls
Macau as an essential stop on the
international poker circuit.”
SBM’s Crystal.Net
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to its competitor Money the value of this solution. The ability
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equipping four casinos software/hardware solution helps us to move the
with Atronic’s Crystal.net, upgrading that places information industry forward.”
from Crystal Web. According to collected in a bill validator into a “We’re excited about the
Addressing the 8th Gaming Laboratories
Atronic, SBM is the first operator to database that can be accessed to opportunity to work with MEI,” said
International Regulators’ Round Table in
select Crystal.net as a floor analyse slot floor performance. Mike Innes, Money Controls’ chief
March this year. From left: MGM Mirage
Senior VP of Public Affairs Alan
management solution following the “This is a proud day for MEI,” executive. “At the end of the day,
Feldman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
system’s launch in January. said Tom Nugent, MEI president - we both benefit from making casino
Member Mark Lipparelli, ARIA Resort &
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8 MAY 2009
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