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REGULATION


• “A player shall not be exposed to the risk of losing at any one time credits of a total value exceeding ¤2.”


• “A limit shall apply to the maximum amount that can be won in any game element for non-progressive games, which shall be ¤1000, and by any progressive prize for standalone progressive games, which shall be ¤4000.” Players will be required to register for cards before they can use gaming


devices. Provisions regarding these include: • “The gaming provider may only register a player for a card if the gaming provider or its agent at the venue is satisfied of the player’s identity, VAT number, place of residence, that the player is at least the legal gambling age of 21, and the person is not an excluded person.”


• However, “the gaming provider or its authorised agent at the gaming venue may register a player for a temporary/visitor card if satisfied that the player is not an excluded player and is at least the legal gambling age for the jurisdiction. Players issued with a temporary/visitor card are not permitted to participate in any player/loyalty reward scheme.”


The card system will also enable the maximum loss of each player to be


capped at ¤500 in a 24-hour period. It appears that this will not be a voluntary limit (although players will also be able to set their own limits on the amount they spend, as in many jurisdictions) but will apply to everyone. Once a 24-hour period’s net loss has reached that figure, the individual will be prevented from playing for a day.


UK The Gambling Commission has responded to claims by trade


body BACTA that it automatically reviews arcade operators’


licences if they open betting shops nearby. It acknowledged, however, that it was investigating some licensed betting


operators “where gross gambling yield from machines overwhelmed that of betting – by a factor of 100 to one in some cases”. The Commission interprets the 2005 Gambling Act as requiring that “holders of general betting standard non-remote operating licences must provide betting [rather than machines] as the primary gambling activity on licensed betting premises”. BACTA now plans to take the issue to the Parliamentary and Health


Ombudsman.


UK Full coverage of the latest UK Budget and industry reaction to it


appears in our news section this month.


VIETNAM The Vietnamese government plans to legalise sports betting,


encouraged by the success of Singapore’s new gaming market.


The country’s casinos are currently open only to non-nationals, but illegal sports betting is common, and some visit neighbouring Cambodia to bet. European soccer is a popular sport for gamblers.


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U.S. Online gaming proposals may not reach a vote in the U.S.


Congress this year, some fear. An opportunity to append e-


gaming regulations to other legislation in February was missed, and political attention is now occupied by the November elections. It is, however, possible that the “lame duck” session between the election and


January 2013, when newly-elected law-makers take their places inWashington, could be an opportunity for aWeb poker law to be slipped through. And even if the federal government does not act on e-gaming this year, it is likely that individual states – following Nevada’s lead – may take matters into their own hands.


U.S. More than 365 regulators from North America and the Caribbean


attended the annual roundtable of Gaming Laboratories


International (GLI) in Las Vegas. Among the topics discussed were the impacts of technology on regulation; the challenges of implementing a multi- jurisdictional strategy for Internet-based lottery, bingo, sports betting and casino-style gaming; and “grey area” games.


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