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1 Online Gambling in Italy S&D seminar ONLINE GAMBLING European Parliament 14 November 2012 Francesco Rodano Head of Remote Gaming

2 Billion 20 Italian Gaming Market 2003/ , ,7 6, , GGR Tax revenues 2

3 Land-Based vs. Online in Italy 2011 GGR Tax revenues 4,2% 2,2% Land-Based 17,7 billion Land-Based 8,5 billion Online 0,7 billion Online 0,2 billion TOTAL 18,4 billion TOTAL 8,7 billion 3

4 Monthly Turnover 2008/2011 Slot machines Scratch Cards Lotto Superenalotto Sports Betting Online Poker & Casino Horse Betting Bingo 4 Million gen-08 feb-08 mar-08 apr-08 mag-08 giu-08 lug-08 ago-08 set-08 ott-08 nov-08 dic-08 gen-09 feb-09 mar-09 apr-09 mag-09 giu-09 lug-09 ago-09 set-09 ott-09 nov-09 dic-09 gen-10 feb-10 mar-10 apr-10 mag-10 giu-10 lug-10 ago-10 set-10 ott-10 nov-10 dic-10 gen-11 feb-11 mar-11 apr-11 mag-11 giu-11 lug-11 ago-11 set-11 ott-11 nov-11

5 What Online Games are Regulated? Already available: betting on horse races (since June 2001) fixed odds sports betting (since June 2002) scratch cards ( Gratta e vinci ) (since November 2006) pool sports betting (since March 2008) games of skill / poker tournaments (since September 2008) superenalotto and superstar lotteries (since July 2009) bingo (since December 2009) cash poker (since July 2011) casino (without slots ) (since July 2011) What s next?: slot-machines (3 December 2012) betting exchange / virtual betting / new bingo / lotto (2013) 5

6 Online Games GGR Last 12 Months Cash Poker 30.3 % 233,4 Sports Betting 21.8 % 168,1 Tournament Poker 20.7 % 159,5 Casino 17.1 % 131,6 Bingo 5.8 % 44,6 Horse Betting 2.2 % 16,8 Superenalotto 1% 8,1 Scratch Cards 1% 7, Million 6

7 Online gaming Tax rates Current games Sports betting (ca. 4.2% on Turnover) Betting on horse races (4.5-6% on Turnover) Pool Sports betting ( % on Turnover) Games of skill / Poker (3% on Turnover) Bingo (11% on Turnover) Superenalotto Scratch cards Cash poker / Casino (20% on Gross Profit) (Sisal product, licensees get 8% of sales) (Lottomatica product, licensees get 8% of sales) Next games Virtual betting Betting exchange (20% on Gross Profit) (20% on Gross Profit) 7

8 2009 Reform What s New Just one concession for all regulated online games HQ/Server located in the EEA Not-gaming companies can now apply Improved consumer protection Dedicated bank account for players deposits Maximum time limit for winnings / withdrawals Mandatory self-limitation Revised sanctions for licensees.com operations prohibited Mandatory customers data communication to AAMS 8

9 2009 Reform Effects 200+ online gaming concessions Effective: July 2011 EU-compliant regime May 2010: 2 infringement procedures closed 9

10 ISP blocking 4,200+ web sites, monthly update Easy to circumvent Effective awareness tool Fighting Illegal Operators Advertising ban for unlicensed operators Italian licensees must prevent Italian residents from accessing their.com products 10

11 Communication, 23 October Key objectives: European Commission Facilitate administrative cooperation between regulators Recommendations on responsible gambling advertising Acquire information on gambling addiction / ALICE RAP project Extending the scope of the AML Directive to all forms of gambling Explore a possible EU standard on gambling equipment Best practices in the prevention of betting related match fixing First Expert Group meeting: 5 December

12 Cooperation with Other Regulators AAMS & ARJEL agreement signed on 26 June 2011 First example of bilateral cooperation between gaming regulators in Europe Exchange of market data, sharing of best practices to enable a more effective consumer protection Specific attention is given to: Measures to prevent problem gambling Blocking access of minors Frauds related to payment systems Money-laundering Possible liquidity sharing for multi-player games (i.e. poker, bingo) A larger group of regulators are meeting twice a year: Italy, France, Portugal, Spain. Germany is joining next month. Possibly UK 12

13 Conclusions Regulatory Cooperation Fewer countries Similar models Continuous communication Impact on daily activities Exchange of good practices EC & Expert Group 27 countries Different approaches 2 or 3 meetings / year Impact on national frameworks Exchange of best practices Works better in the short run Small influence on national political decisions Medium run effects High impact on national political decisions ( recommendations ) Higher level of CONSUMER PROTECTION 13

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