Gibraltar Promotes E-Gaming Specialism In US

Gibraltar Promotes E-Gaming Specialism In US

09 May 2012

The Gibraltar government has sought to improve relations and expand on business
opportunities with United States regulators, operators and businesses, with a delegation led by the Gibraltar’s
Minister with responsibility for gambling, Gilbert Licudi, to the GiGse Totally
Gaming conference in San Francisco.

GiGse is regarded as one of the world’s most important gaming conferences attracting
speakers and delegates from the top companies and providers in the gaming industry
including several based in Gibraltar. Gibraltar’s Gambling Commissioner, Phill Brear, was invited to
contribute his expertise on regulatory issues as part of a panel at the event.

The conference covered a wide range of topics including developments in e-gaming
in several American states and the importance of transparent regulatory frameworks
which deal with, inter alia, age verification, anti-fraud, player protection
and responsible online gaming. The event also presented an opportunity for Licudi
to hold meetings with other delegates in attendance.

Licudi also attended a series of meetings in Las Vegas. Licudi met with the
Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, and the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control
Board, Mark Liparelli. Licudi also had meetings with two significant operators
based in Las Vegas who have indicated an intention to apply for licences in
Gibraltar. Further meetings took place with two Las Vegas gaming equipment testing

Licudi explained: “The US market is slowly opening up to e-gaming. Nevada is
the first US State to legislate to allow intrastate internet poker. We are aware
that there are a number of Gibraltar operators interested in branching out by
seeking a licence in Nevada. At the same time, various Nevada-based operators
are interested in being licensed in Gibraltar. It is therefore in Gibraltar’s
interest that we have contact with and build a solid relationship with Nevada
at both a regulatory and political level. Nevada is regarded as one of the gambling
capitals of the world. In that context, it was very gratifying to be told that
Nevada has a lot to learn from Gibraltar.”

Licudi underscored that Gibraltar will continue a selective approach to licensing
with a high bar to entry and only the world’s leading brands being considered
for a licence.

Commenting on the visit to San Francisco and Las Vegas, Licudi said:

“Attendance at the conference has been invaluable. This follows my attendance
at the ICE gaming exhibition and conference in London in January. As I said
when I attended that conference, it is absolutely essential that we keep up
with developments in the dynamic world of internet gaming and that we continue
to build relationships with major players and regulators.”

“Gibraltar is regarded as the most important jurisdiction in internet gaming.
Our operators participate at these events and so must Gibraltar at an official



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