VONT Consultancy in Landmark NZ Court Ruling
VONT’s Senior Consultant, Damon Rasheed, was a central figure in a recent landmark Court ruling for poker!
A New Zealand Court has ruled that “.NET” advertisements are not promotions for gambling operators, and that poker tournaments themselves are not gambling but a form of competition.
The Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand recently brought charges under the Gambling Act 2003 against TVWorks Limited (which owns the television stations TV3 and C4). The DIA claimed that a number of advertisements for PokerStars.net (the play-for -free site) promoted an overseas gambling operator (PokerStars.com or PokerStars or APPT) or alternatively that the advertisements were likely to induce New Zealanders to gamble overseas.
In reaching his conclusion, His Honor Justice Harvey relied heavily upon the expert industry evidence presented by Damon Rasheed and Professor Roger Marshall. They each provided expert evidence on the advertisements.
Damon Rasheed said, upon hearing the favourable decision, that: “Justice Harvey’s ruling was a common sense result for the industry that will have widespread implications especially for those jurisdictions with similar legislation, such as Australia and the US, where the distinction between “.net advertising” and gambling has yet to be the subject of legal challenge.”