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Italy's booming gaming market may be largely dominated by domestic operators, but the arrival of online poker €“ and shortly casino games €“ appears to herald improved fortunes for companies seeking a share of the Italian public's spending on gaming.

Much has been written about the recent decision by the European Court of Justice to find in favour of the Portuguese government regarding their legal action against online operator bwin. However, although many have supported the declaration that the ruling constitutes "the beginning of a new era in the internet gaming sector," it is important to note that the background to the judges' decision is very different from that which related to the landmark decisions of Gambelli and Placanica.