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UK Delays Implementation of Gambling Act

The United Kingdom has delayed the implementation of the UK Gambling Act of 2014 until November 1st following a legal challenge by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association.

The UK Gambling Commission will not enact the law now until November 1st rather than the previously intended October 1st. The law will require offshore sites that offer online betting services to register for a UK gaming license and pay taxes, a move that offshore betting enclaves such as Gibraltar oppose.

Gibraltar is challenging the law with the hopes of having it overturned in an effort to keep operators from leaving its jurisdiction.

The UK Gambling Commission posted an advisory on its website regarding the issue, saying: "Due to a High Court challenge to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, DCMS will be taking the necessary steps to postpone this legislation coming into force until 1 November 2014. This will allow a judgment to be made without undue time pressure."

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