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Glendale City Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino

After years of losses in court and an estimated $3 million in legal fees, the Glendale, Arizona City Council appeared to ease its opposition to the location of an Indian casino in Glendale within the Phoenix metropolitan area...more

Gaming Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 7, Number 8

In This Issue: - CASINO LOCATION IMPACTS LONG-TERM SUCCESS: Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California,...more

U.S.: the value of slot machine patents

I’ve been litigating patent cases involving slot machines for the past decade, and there are still a lot of misconceptions about what aspects of a gaming machine can be patented and why these patents are so valuable....more

Detroit Casinos’ January Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for January 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 9.5%...more

Australia: Supreme Court setting for gambling stoush

The civil trial between the State of Victoria and the former holders of gaming machine licences in the state, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (Tabcorp) and Tatts Group Ltd (Tatts), has commenced in the Victorian Supreme Court before...more

Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Releases Request for Pre-Qualification

When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March 12, 2012, one of the most controversial aspects of its plan was the development of a casino in the Greater...more

Germany: Federal Administrative Court – Second decision on the legal qualification of an entrance fee

In a ruling of 22 January 2014 the Federal Administrative Court reversed a decision of the Adminstrative Court Halle concerning the qualification of an entrance fee to a Poker tournament as a game of chance (BVerwG – 8 C...more

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 2

In This Issue: - ONTARIO LOTTERY & GAMING CORPORATION RELEASES REQUESTS FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION: When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March...more

Gaming Trends in 2014

Calendar year 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year on many fronts, including the gaming industry. The expansion of gaming in Ohio is off and running at a dramatic pace, with more gaming to come on line this year via...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - Japan looking at casino promotion legislation - With a few very limited exceptions, gaming is generally banned in Japan. In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake, and as the 2020 Olympic Games...more

Macao Gaming Summit Highlights

The new kids on the block in Macau in November were the Macao Gaming Show (sponsored by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association) and the Macao Gaming Summit, both held contemporaneously at the Venetian. Speakers...more

Japan: Casino promotion legislation submitted

Currently, gaming is generally banned in Japan. There are a few limited exceptions to the ban on gambling with respect to government-managed sports betting in horseracing, speedboat racing, bicycle racing and motorcycle...more

Romania: Imminent changes in the gambling regulatory regime?

“Casino Inside”, the gambling industry magazine in Romania organised yesterday (5 December) the second annual reunion of gambling professionals. Representatives of both public authorities as well as private operators...more

Let The Chips Fall Where They May: Nevada Court Dismisses CFAA Charges Against Casino Players Who Cashed In On Video Poker...

Hollywood has given us many stories of casino capers, from mobsters skimming profits in Scorsese’s Casino to the card-counting savant in Rain Man. But a real-life caper recently played itself out in Nevada federal court,...more

Gaming Legal News - November 2013 • Volume 6, Number 26

In This Issue: - CHAUDHURI APPOINTED TO NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION: On September 4, 2013, Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, was appointed to a three-year term as...more

South Australia introduces new casino and poker machine licencee restrictions to promote responsible gambling

The Parliament of South Australia has passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013 (SA) which contains reforms to gaming machine (“pokies” in Australian slang) laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA) and...more

Detroit Casinos’ September Revenues Decrease From Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for September 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 6.8%...more

Gaming Legal News - November 2013 • Volume 6, Number 24

In This Issue: - DICKINSON WRIGHT ENTERS INTO COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH BULGARIA-BASED VELCHEV & CO.: Dickinson Wright PLLC has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Sofia, Bulgaria-based law firm...more

War Games in Wisconsin (2013 Style)

Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues require unanimous agreement. However, Governor Scott Walker has...more

New York Voters Are Placing Their Bets – Will It Pay Off?

It’s November 5, 2013 and New Yorkers are taking to the polls to vote whether or not to approve the statewide casino referendum that would allow four new gaming licenses in New York. Casino, entertainment and hotel developers...more

Playing Their Cards Right: Only Eight Applicants Remain in the Hunt for Three Gaming Licenses

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC (“Sterling Suffolk”), Wynn MA, LLC (“Wynn”), and Crossroads Massachusetts, LLC (“Crossroads”) are the three applicants competing for one resort casino license in Eastern Massachusetts. All...more

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 23

In This Issue: - WAR GAMES IN WISCONSIN (2013 STYLE): Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues...more

Netherlands: State gambling monopolist Holland Casino in dire straits

The state owned Holland Casino is under heavy financial fire. Recently it has been put under special supervision, due to a rising debt burden of € 60 million, rapidly going on €100 million....more

Spain: The lone smoker solution

Very high expectations have arisen in Spain since two major gambling and entertainment projects were announced some months ago. Indeed, Las Vegas Sands has confirmed in several occasions its ambitious project for developing a...more

Detroit Casinos’ August Revenues Decrease From Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for August 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 3.45%...more

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