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UK: The Phil Ivey case – English court rules for first time on civil law offence of cheating

In the first case since the coming into force of the Gambling Act 2005, the English courts have determined whether the conduct of a party to a gambling contract amounted to cheating for the purposes of civil law. The...more

Shuffle Up and Deal: Casino Licenses Officially Awarded After Casino Law Repeal Fails

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously voted to formally award the Regions A and B resort casino licenses to Wynn MA LLC and MGM Springfield, respectively, a process which had been delayed until after the election on...more

All-In@EiG 2014 Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale

In This Issue: 1. Welcome to EiG 2014 2. Europe: Gaming in the Cloud 3. Risk – What’s Your Appetite? 4. Japan: Current Status of Casino Legalization 5. Poland: Overview of Expected Changes 6. Patents on...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Continues Evaluation and Asks to Hear More From Applicants

Last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it was “rapidly approaching the completion of the Evaluation Process” for the Region A resort-casino license applications submitted by Wynn and Mohegan Sun. The...more

Midwest Gaming Win Reinforces Division Between Police and Taxing Powers

In United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919) the Supreme Court held that a tax law “may not be declared unconstitutional, because its effect may be to accomplish another purpose as well as the raising of revenue.” That...more

Atlantic City: Could Massachusetts Casinos be a Losing Bet?

Atlantic City’s gaming industry is struggling. Its casinos made 11% less in July than they did a year ago. Revel, a $2.4 billion casino that opened with great fanfare in 2012, will close in September after it failed to find a...more

The Netherlands: update on the reformation of the gambling market

Recently, the Council of Ministers approved to the plan of the State Secretary for Security and Justice, mr. Teeven, to reform the Dutch games of chance market. The current policy on games of chance will be modernized...more

Court Ruling Puts Massachusetts Casinos At Risk

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Abdow v. Attorney General rejected challenges to a ballot initiative seeking the effective repeal of Massachusetts’s 2011 gaming law, directing the measure to be included...more

Spain: Opening of the tender for the BCN World gambling resort

On June, 13, 2014 the regional gambling authorities of Catalonia (“Direcció General de Tributs i Joc“) officialy adopted the (long-time awaited) call for tender for launching the so-called BCN World gambling resort. Under the...more

Detroit Casinos’ April Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for April 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 6.5% decrease...more

New Jersey DGE Releases Guidance for Affiliate Marketers

Yesterday, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) released additional guidance for affiliate marketing companies working with state online...more

New Bedford Casino Developer Drops Legal Challenge to State’s Gaming Law

KG Urban Enterprises, a developer seeking to build a resort casino in New Bedford, dropped its legal challenge over a portion of a Massachusetts casino gambling law that gave initial preference to a federally recognized...more

Regulatory Update: Japan Casinos: Integrated Resort Initiative Update

On December 5, 2013, a cross-party group of Japanese law makers submitted a draft bill (the “Integrated Resort Promotion Bill”) aiming to, among other things, legalize casino gambling. With many now expecting it to pass into...more

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

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