The field of online poker regulation is not just affected by political considerations; geopolitical events can also have an impact.
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The field of online poker regulation is not just affected by political considerations; geopolitical events can also have an impact.

This has been demonstrated this week by the appointment of a new EU Commissioner who will take responsibility for developing the EU’s position on online gambling and the increasing tensions over the Ukraine that could put at risk new laws to legalize online gaming in Russia.

The other rising influences on regulation are national and international courts. The UK laws are being challenged, and the powers of EU member states to make gambling laws are being limited by the Court of Justice (CJEU).