Wednesday February 13,2013 : DGOJ INVITES PARTICIPATION IN INTRODUCTION OF NEW GAMES
 
Decision based on analysis of submissions
 
The Spanish gambling authority, Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego, is inviting participation in a consultation process regarding the possibility of introducing new types of games and betting, in particular, slots and cross-betting.
 
It invites any interested party to submit information based on the following points:
 
1.   Whether or not the regulation of these types of games is in the context of the ultimate goals of the Spanish regulation i.e. preventing underage gambling, problem gambling, money laundering, identity and card theft and promoting fair and honest play amongst others.  Specifically, the extent of regulation or not these games contribute thereto.
 
    2. If it is not deemed necessary to regulate any of these games, the DGOJ would like equivalent alternatives for achieving the regulatory objectives above.
 
    3. If it is deemed necessary to regulate any of these games, an analysis of costs and benefits, quantifying their impact, and an assessment of the potential direct and indirect effects on society as a whole.
 
    4. Examples and empirical evidence of best international practices in relation to this type of game.
 
The deadline for submissions is early March 2013, after which the Directorate General will spend a 45-day period analysing the responses before making a decision on whether to move ahead with regulation on the two game types or discard the notion.
 
Contributions are requested to be e-mailed to dgoj.dgeneral@minhap.es
 
In related news, the Authority has granted permission to 888 Spain PLC to develop a Live Roulette variant.