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by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its March monthly meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Springfield. Riverboat -...more

Gambler Walters Loses in DOJ Insider Trading Trial

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

William “Billy” Walters rolled the dice against the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and lost in a high profile insider trading case. U.S. v. Davis, No. 1:16-cr-00338 (S.D.N.Y. Verdict April 7, 2017). Mr. Walters, a well...more

Gaming and Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 1, April 2017: Nevada Leads The Way On Esports Wagering

by Dickinson Wright on

Perhaps the hottest topic in gaming today is the growth of professional esports. Esports are – essentially – professional video game tournaments and contests. Audiences for such tournaments have been filling stadiums in Asia...more

Nevermind About Internet Cafes…

by Ifrah PLLC on

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis got some good news this week: State prosecutors have decided not to retry him on more than one hundred charges for gambling-related offenses. The State brought the charges against Mathis and...more

Even In Nevada, “Get It Writing” May Not Be Far From The Mark

by Allen Matkins on

A recent ruling by U.S. District Court Magistrate George Foley, Jr. serves as a reminder the “get it in writing” tends to be good advice. The case involves a casino’s attempt to enforce a $3 million gaming debt incurred by...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

Texas Lawmaker Introduces Fantasy Sports Bill; Fantasy Sports Lawyers Scrutinize the Details

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A State Senator in Texas recently introduced a new bill that would legalize fantasy sports contests and implement regulations governing their operation. Fantasy sports lawyers understand that stakes for this bill are high as...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Hearings Exceed 100 Hours and Counting - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs...more

Don’t bet the farm on March (legal) Madness

by McAfee & Taft on

March is upon us, which means spring is near and the sweet smell of tournament brackets will soon fill the air. For many, the month is synonymous with March Madness, the NCAA’s annual tournament that crown’s college...more

Is it a Lottery or is it Gambling? UK Regulator Slaps Lottoland for Misleading Radio Ad

by Ifrah PLLC on

Gambling, including online gaming, lotteries, and land-based gaming, has tremendous participation in the United Kingdom. One study concluded that 75% of the UK’s adult population gambled in some manner. UK regulators take...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Las Vegas Sands Suffers Double Whammy and Resolves FCPA Action with DOJ for $7 Million

by Michael Volkov on

Following a separate SEC action, the Justice Department resolved FCPA charges against Las Vegas Sands for $7 million. DOJ and Las Vegas Sands entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) citing much of the same evidence...more

Three States Introduce Bills to Legalize Sports Betting While SCOTUS Decides Whether to Hear Suit Challenging Existing Federal Ban

by Reed Smith on

As the Supreme Court weighs whether to hear a New Jersey challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PAPSA”) – a 1992 federal law that banned sports wagering in all states where it was not already in...more

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big...more

States Act to Regulate Fantasy Sports

by Reed Smith on

In attempts to lessen the uncertainty that still surrounds the legality of fantasy sports, Maryland and Florida introduced measures to clarify the rules of the road for the likes of DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Maryland’s...more

Skin Gambling Plaintiffs Find Themselves Back Where They Started

by Ifrah PLLC on

The lawsuits against Valve Corporation are continuing their tortured procedural paths from various federal courts to state court and back again. After filing a complaint against Valve and several co-defendants in federal...more

Maryland Fantasy Sports Regulations Take Effect

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This week, regulations governing fantasy sports contests in the State of Maryland went into effect. The regulations, implemented pursuant to a 2012 law exempting fantasy sports from the State’s gambling prohibition, vest the...more

Autumn Budget – Gambling Taxes » All-In

by DLA Piper on

Freeplays - The Government has confirmed it will go ahead and bring the remote gaming duty treatment of freeplays in line with the less generous treatment of free bets under general betting duty. This will take effect...more

eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow

by Goodwin on

On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that Valve and third-party websites had facilitated online gambling in violation of state...more

Coalition Building to Combat Unlicensed Internet Gaming Sites

by Ifrah PLLC on

The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) regulates various licensees that provide services to the online gaming industry within the state. The agency recently demonstrated its power of regulatory enforcement over the...more

German Prime Minister Conference Reaches Agreement on the Amendments to the German Interstate Treaty on Gambling...

by Reed Smith on

According to a press release of 28 October 2016, the Prime Minister Conference agreed to repeal the limitation to 20 licenses for private sports betting providers. Further, the German gambling regulators are invited to take...more

Sweepstakes Attorneys: Protecting Your Promotions

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Promotions Law and Sweepstakes Attorneys - Conducting a sweepstakes, contest or other form of promotion can be a highly effective way of increasing your customer base, or creating stronger brand loyalty among existing...more

Upping the Ante on Casinos’ AML Compliance

FinCEN focus requires major shift in gaming business practices - Which complex, global industry where billions of dollars exchange hands every day, and where high-net-worth customers park significant sums, is facing...more

After All the Hub-Bub about Slots Parlor, Most Revere Voters Stayed Silent on It

by PretiFlaherty on

The gambling industry tacticians who wore the clothes of the Revere Jobs and Education Committee got their heads handed to them yesterday in a special municipal election. This was a small-turnout event that wasn’t even...more

Contributing to a patent claim might not make you a co-inventor

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that even if you have contributed to an invention and your contribution has led to a patent claim, you may not be a co-inventor for that claim. The case...more

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