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    Default EU Court rules against bwin's Portuguese challenge

    Online giant bwin lost a challenge to Portugal's sports-betting monopoly after a EU court said gambling restrictions are legal if they target fraud and crime.

    Bwin had challenged Portugal’s national gambling monopoly and its extension to online wagering.

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    The EU’s highest court said restrictions such as in Portugal may be justified to meet certain policy goals, including the fight against crime, as long as they aren’t discriminatory and don’t go beyond what is necessary to achieve their aim.

    “The verdict is a major setback,” said Alfred Reisenberger, an analyst at CA Cheuvreuxin Vienna, who rates Bwin at “outperform,” said by telephone. “Bwin has lost a battle, not the entire war. They will continue to fight and in the long term they will be successful.”

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    Wink See Bwin thread below

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    This is bad news for the online gaming industry. It effectively allows any EU country to now ban online gambling and they won't be breaking any EU open community rules.

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    How could that happen? And what's that part about fraud and crime? how does that come into the picture?
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    I think what they are saying is that play withthe goverment and there will no fraud ect....


    Which of course is complete BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smathe77 View Post
    How could that happen? And what's that part about fraud and crime? how does that come into the picture?

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    Lightbulb Two related stories

    Hi guys,

    Two stories related to this came out of the CEO panel at last week's EIG that I thought you might be interested in. In the first, 888 and PartyGaming responded to the news with the view that B2B is a vital hedge against protectionism, while the panel also saw most top egaming CEOs agree that the shape of new law is the number one issue facing the industry.

    Enjoy!


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    "...and said that PartyGaming had decided to de-focus on the Asian market and re-invest resources in preparing for the US market to open."

    I wonder whether that's just a gamble they've taken or whether they know something we don't...
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