Regulatory Expert

Martin Lycka – The Gambling Prince of Sweden

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka offers a dramatic twist on the Swedish licensing process, in which operators may not get the curtain call they’ve been looking for. Act I – A Truly Glorious Day January 1, 2019. A momentous day in Swedish gambling history. The online gambling market opens. A fanfare sounds. The curtain goes up. Licensed operators …

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Martin Lycka – April lockdown can never be forgotten

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka reviews the events of a world-changing April 2020, in which tough lessons have been learnt by the lived experience of working and adjusting to national lockdown orders… _____________________________ Dear Diary,  What a month this has been. In the UK, we are told the virus has peaked and is now hopefully ebbing. However, we are …

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Martin Lycka – Responsibility is resilience during these testing times 

GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka explains how 2020 events have handed the industry a crisis agenda that incumbents must accept and match with responsibility and good faith… The stakes have never been placed this high on operator conduct. ______________________ Sunday morning – end of winter. With the NHL and the NBA regular seasons entering their final quarter, …

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Martin Lycka: Liberalism versus conservatism played out in German law

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka revisits the online gambling laws in Germany and sees what the ‘sixteen kings’ have in store for the industry. ____________________ Habemus State Treaty. After years of thick black smoke, white billow has spewed out from the tiny little chimney perched on the roof of the German Gambling Chapel. The sixteen cardinals dispatched by …

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Martin Lycka: Gambling and its Dutchman’s curse

In the latest of a series of columns examining international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka retraces the industry’s arduous history with Dutch politics and policies…  _________________ The year was 1964. The Beatles dominated the charts, Sidney Poitier became the first Afro American actor to have won an Oscar and a Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska enchanted the world …

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Martin Lycka: What Would Pelé Do?

In the fifth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka wonders what might Pelé and his footballing band of brothers think about Brazilian sports betting regulation. In an exclusive fictitious interview, we have asked Brazil’s all-time leading goal scorers for their views on the regulatory works the Brazilian government has …

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Martin Lycka: Us versus Them – psychology of gambling regulation

In the fourth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka debates the antagonistic relationship that can develop between the regulator and the industry. __________________ Operators v. Regulators, undoubtedly a top billing in the industry nowadays. Just pause and think how many times in recent past you have bumped into an …

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Martin Lycka: Sixteen kings trapped in a gambling Gordian knot

In the third of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka ruminates on the development of the online gambling market in Germany. __________________ Once upon a time, there were sixteen kings in a land in the heart of Europe. The land’s credo was thou shalt not gamble online. Nevertheless, the kings’ subjects …

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