A Look Back at 2007

11 January 2008
See also:
Top Stories of 2006
The Best and Worst of 2006
A Glance at 2007


January 2 - PartyGaming buys Empire Online's assets.

January 3 - Italy awards interactive gambling licenses.

January 11 - Pinnacle withdraws from the U.S. market.

January 16 - Neteller founders are charged with money laundering in United States.

January 23 - Payment processors abandon U.S. customers.

January 30 - The Israeli high court rules against foreign gaming sites.


February 1 - Mark Blandford resigns from Sportingbet.

February 7 - The FBI freezes Neteller funds.

February 13 - RTL is ordered to stop advertising sports betting in Germany.

February 16 - Former Senator D'Amato joins the Poker Players Alliance as chairman.

February 20 - The Antiguan Financial Services Regulatory Commission is tasked with supervising BetonSports' payment distribution to customers.

February 22 - Gaming operators are barred from sponsorships and ads at 2007 World Series of Poker.

February 26 - China cracks down on gambling.

February 27 - Macau prepares to regulate I-gaming.


March 1 - A U.K. Gambling Commission survey reveals surprising statistics.

March 2 - Turkey outlaws online games; bwin pulls out of the market.

March 6 - The ECJ settles the Placanica case; independent operators rejoice.

March 9 - Alberta orders the Alexander First Nation to cease its I-gaming licensing and hosting plans.

March 13 - The United Kingdom reveals new gambling advertising codes.

March 20 - France rules that Partouche's online gambling service is illegal.

March 21 - Sportingbet and the state of Louisiana reach an amicable resolution to the Peter Dicks saga.

March 21 - The European Commission puts Denmark, Finland and Hungary on notice.

March 28 - Payment processor ECHO avoids prosecution by settling with the U.S. DoJ.

March 30 - Fugitive Gary Kaplan, a founder of BetsonSports, is apprehended in Dominican Republic.

March 30 - The WTO declares that the United States has failed to comply with 2005 the dispute settlement ruling regarding Antigua's complaint.


April 17 - Greece arrests nine for using foreign betting sites.

April 18 - China detains two Betex executives.

April 23 - Ladbrokes and 888 fail to reach a merger deal after months of negotiation.

April 26 - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank proposes a federal I-gaming regulation bill.


May 2 - The American Gaming Association supports Rep. Frank's legislation . . . with caution.

May 2 - Papua New Guinea legislation permits casinos and I-gaming.

May 2 - All major U.S. sports leagues oppose Rep. Frank's regulatory bill.

May 4 - Rep. Berkley of Nevada proposes the Internet Gambling Study bill.

May 14 - Canadian payment processor Optimal Group cooperates with the U.S. DoJ.

May 16 - The European Commission gets involved in the Unibet cycling fiasco.

May 24 - BetonSports pleads guilty to racketeering.

May 25 - Travel concerns prompt Betex executives to resign.


June 5 - iMEGA challenges the legality of the U.S. I-gaming prohibition.

June 7 - U.S. Rep. Wexler offers legislation exempting poker, mahjong and other skill games from the UIGEA.

June 9 - Rep. McDermott proposes a tax code for the U.S. regulatory model.

June 19 - bwin's sponsorship of Real Madrid faces scrutiny.

June 19 - The European Union takes an active role in the United States/Antigua WTO dispute.

June 26 - A Tel Aviv District Court upholds a ruling against foreign I-gaming providers.

June 26 - The European Commission declines to legislate harmony across European Union.

June 27 - The EC says sports betting restrictions in France and Sweden remain non-compliant with EU law.

June 28 - The Spanish senate approves an I-gaming regulatory bill.

June 29 - Finland reviews its gambling laws and their compliance with EU rules.


July 2 - Neteller founder Stephen Lawrence pleads guilty in United States.

July 5 - A new law in Mexico permits online gambling.

July 10 - Washington state shuts down P2P betting site Betcha.com.

July 10 - The Unibet cycling team is denied entry to the Tour de France.

July 10 - Neteller founder John Lefebvre pleads guilty.

July 10 - Several I-gaming sites are named in connection with a 2005 U.K. terror plot.

July 16 - The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve miss their deadline for UIGEA banking regulations.

July 18 - Neteller agrees to a $136 million settlement with the United States.

July 25 - Neteller releases a trading update and resumes trading on the London Alternative Investment Market.

July 26 - Second Life prohibits gambling.

July 30 - Neteller Initiates its customer payback program.

July 31 - The U.K. Gambling Commission reports trends related to adult online gambling participation.


August 2 - Fun Technologies and King.com form the Interactive Skill Games Association.

August 6 - Christchurch Casino is ordered to shut down its Internet wagering service.

August 9 - The British DCMS lists 1,000 gambling sites that may not advertise in United Kingdom.

August 13 - Several companies plan to move to "white-listed" jurisdictions to advertise in the United Kingdom.

August 15 - Unibet ends its cycling sponsorship.

August 16 - Curacao says its new legislation should give it white-list status in United Kingdom.

August 20 - China busts an online soccer betting ring that reaped $13 million during World Cup 2006.

August 28 - The Hong Kong Jockey Club permits customers based in the United States to wager on its events.

August 30 - Bodog loses its domain names in a patent infringement case and moves to Newbodog.com.


September 12 - South Africa's parliament approves an I-gaming regulatory bill.

September 18 - A public opinion poll shows that Israelis are opposed to legalized gambling.

September 24 - The Czech finance ministry mulls Net betting prohibition.

September 24 - bwin execs talk with India about legalizing sports betting in the country.


October 1 - The U.S. government unveils its proposal for UIGEA banking regulations.

October 18 - Betex de-lists from Alternative Investment Market; senior executives with the company remain detained in China.

October 18 - Doylesroom.com resumes U.S. operations.

October 22 - A "trusted consultant" is blamed in an AbsolutePoker cheating scandal.

October 23 - Unibet CEO Petter Nylander is detained on a French warrant.

October 29 - Massachusetts' governor proposes an Internet gambling ban.


November 2 - Internet horserace wagering gets underway in New York.

November 6 - Italy approves a skill games law.

November 19 - Norway proposes an online gambling payments ban.

November 19 - The United States is losing billions of dollars in potential I-gaming revenue.

November 27 - Brazil considers an online sports betting ban.

November 30 - The Bahamas reviews its gambling policies.


December 3 - NY-based OTB launches an Internet wagering service.

December 4 - U.S. Rep. Goodlatte asks the FTC to investigate online gambling advertisements in the United States.

December 7 - Celebrated jockey Kieren Fallon is acquitted of race fixing charges.

December 18 - The European Union and United States reach a WTO settlement agreement.

December 19 - Microsoft, Yahoo and Google reach a $31.5 million settlement with the U.S. DoJ in an illegal advertising case.

December 21 - A Final WTO ruling awards Antigua a potential $21.1 million per year until the United States complies.

Bradley Vallerius

Articles by Bradley P. Vallerius, JD manages For the Bettor Good, a comprehensive resource for information related to Internet gaming policy in the U.S. federal and state governments. For the Bettor Good provides official government documents, jurisdiction updates, policy analysis, and many other helpful research materials. Bradley has been researching and writing about the business and law of internet gaming since 2003. His work has covered all aspects of the industry, including technology, finance, advertising, taxation, poker, betting exchanges, and laws and regulations around the world.

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