The Polish Government is planning to introduce regulations to its online gambling laws, similar to those in Italy, as reported in the togel Voice.
“National regulations that prohibit the acceptance of bets unless one has a license issued by the relevant member state restrict the freedom of services,” said the court in substantiating its decision.
The court ruled that an operator who holds a license issued in one EU member state has the right to provide similar services throughout the European Union.
The court’s ruling concerns three bookmakers who had accepted bets in Italy on behalf of British-based firm Stanley International Betting (SIB). SIB had no license to conduct bookmaking business in Italy.
In Poland, a dozen or so foreign online bookmakers operate without any regulations. The finance ministry is working to amend the gambling law.
WTO rules US online gambling ban is illegal
The World Trade Organization (WTO) last week released its ruling in regard to the United States government’s “ban on online gambling” and determined it is illegal.
Antigua successfully argued in its complaint that the U.S. protects a domestic gambling industry while failing to live up to its international commitments.
The WTO said the US could only continue to block such overseas websites if its laws were equally applied to US firms that offer off-track betting on horse racing.
The US government argued it simply wants to limit gambling, however, overseas companies claim the US move is simply protectionism and means to remove foreign competition.
The full WTO ruling can be found on the WTO website.
Founder of Betonsports arrested
On Wednesday 28th March, the founder of London-based gaming website Betonsports, Stephen Kaplan was arrested in the Dominican Republic and sent to the US to answer criminal charges, US officials have said.
In June, Mr. Kaplan was one of 11 people indicted on charges of racketeering, fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy.
Betonsports closed down its US operations in August 2006. The US had been the group’s biggest market, delivering around 95% of its profits.
Following his arrest at a hotel in Santo Domingo, Mr. Kaplan was sent by Dominican authorities to Puerto Rico for an initial appearance before a US magistrate.
Authorities have asked that Mr. Kaplan be moved to St Louis immediately or be held in custody pending a hearing to remove him to St Louis, to answer the charges against him.
Mr. Kaplan is the second person to be arrested in the investigation against Betonsports.
In July last year the company’s then chief executive David Carruthers was detained while changing planes in the US.
He was later sacked by the company, which subsequently decided to shut down its US business. He has been held under house arrest in St Louis since August.
This latest arrest comes as the World Trade Organisation ruled against America’s online gaming ban.