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Austrian Supreme Court Asks For E.U. Assistance In Betting Case

An online gambling case regarding an Austrian citizen took a unique twist last week when the Austrian Supreme Court referred the case to the European Court of Justice.

The unique case saw the punter lose over a million Euros while playing roulette at an online casino, who he accused of operating illegally in Austria, as the casino did not have a gambling license. This accusation was supported by two Austrian lower court rulings before the casino took the case to the Austrian Supreme Court.

When the case was taken up by the Supreme Court, the casino claimed that Austria's betting laws are in violation of E.U. law. This claim apparently has thrown the Supreme Court for a loop, and the court will consult with the E.U. to help settle the case.

Previously, the European Court of Justice has ruled that state gambling monopolies are okay, as long as they serve the public interest by protecting punters and reducing problem gambling.

Casino Listings will update this story as further developments arise.

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