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October 19, 2021

Microgame challenged the legitimacy of the decree on cash games and casino games

Delays on cash and casino games in Italy

(Italy).- The Administrative Court of Lazio Region has issued an interim suspension of the efficacy of the Italian decree on poker cash games and casino games following a claim from Microgame, one of the main Italian gaming operators.

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ased on the information currently available on the press, Microgame has challenged the legitimacy of the decree on cash games and casino games - as according to them - the Italian Gaming Authority would have introduced substantial amendments to the draft decree that had been notified to the European Commission.

On the contrary, according to the Italian Gaming Authority the extension of the provisions of the decree had been agreed with the European Commission and was based on their requests.

The hearing where the dispute will be discussed in its merits will be held on the 13th of October 2010 which means that the efficacy of the decree will be suspended at least up to such date and therefore the launch of these new games will be further postponed.

This bad news provides new entrants in the market with a longer term to make their platforms compliant with the requirements prescribed by Italian law bearing in mind that poker cash games and casino games have never been marketed in Italy and therefore a completely new gaming market is about to come.

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