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Shutting the Valve on Skin Betting

A tried and true military strategy is to cut off your enemy’s supply lines: blow up a bridge and force a retreat. The tactic works in other situations too. It is regularly used by legislators and government agencies to...more

Let’s Be Blunt: Recreational Marijuana Will Bring New Regulatory Challenges to Gaming Licensees in Nevada

As Nevada voters are bombarded with messaging both for and against the legalization of recreational marijuana leading up to the vote on “Question 2” on the November state ballot, Nevada’s gaming industry watches with what we...more

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

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

New York’s Fantasy Sports Law Challenged on Constitutionality Grounds

Last week, a group of New York citizens filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Gaming Commission in an effort to halt implementation of New York’s new fantasy sports law. Wielding as a cudgel...more

Oh, What Schemes of Glory This Business of Gambling Gives Birth To

Article 48, an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution adopted in 1918, states that “the people reserve to themselves the popular initiative, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit constitutional...more

New York Issues DFS Permits

Just days after a New York State’s Daily Fantasy Sports law was passed, the New York Gaming Commission announced it has issued temporary permits to 5 DFS operators. The companies are DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Fantasy Draft...more

New York Legalizes Fantasy Sports

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will officially legalize and regulate the fantasy sports industry in the State. Cuomo’s move comes nearly six weeks after the State Legislature initially passed the...more

Welcome (Back) to New York: The Empire State Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S. 8153, a bill authorizing daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the Empire State. The law requires DFS operators to register with the New York State Gaming Commission, pay a 15%...more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: Ballot Initiative for Second Slots Parlor

A petition to allow a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has moved one step closer to advancing to the November 2016 ballot. In December 2015, opponents to the ballot initiative filed suit challenging the petition on the...more

The Pursuit For An Island Casino

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) continues its efforts to add casino bingo to the summer getaways and lobster rolls on Martha’s Vineyard. In November 2015, Massachusetts, the town of Aquinnah, and the Aquinnah/Gay...more

Monmouth Park Brings Exchange Wagering to the United States

Exchange wagering—a fixed-odds variant of pari-mutuel betting—is making its U.S. debut today. Monmouth Park, a racetrack in New Jersey, has begun offering on-site and online exchange wagering in cooperation with Betfair US....more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: Commission Rejects Application for Resort Casino in Brockton

The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC to build a resort casino in Brockton....more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

It has been nearly five years since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, but the state is still without an operating resort casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts are all chomping...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a key focus this week. The DOJ announced a new one year Pilot Program which holds the promise of a significant reduction in penalties if the firm self-reports and takes a series of steps....more

Ballot Initiative for Another Slots Parlor in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters may have the choice to “hit” or “stand” on another gaming establishment. A potential ballot question for this November is whether the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) should be allowed to issue an...more

Massachusetts Regulators Pave the Way for Skill-Based Slots

The game of skill vs. game of chance debate has been the focus of gaming law for years now. Until recently, it was largely discussed in the context of poker and fantasy sports betting. A new arena for debate is now upon us,...more

If Two’s A Party, Is Three A Crowd? MGC Community Hearing on Proposed Brockton Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) hosted a community meeting on March 1, 2016 to hear public input regarding Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC’s proposal to build a $677 million commercial casino in Brockton. As...more

Weekly Review of the Massachusetts Gaming Landscape

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Submits White Paper to the Legislature - If you have some skin in the game, submit a white paper. That’s what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did in an effort to provide clarity on...more

Mass Gaming Commission Holds Daylong Forum on Daily Fantasy Sports

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held a daylong forum to educate the MGC commissioners, staff and the public on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and to inform the policy paper the MGC is...more

A Path for Video Game Developers to Introduce Their Games to Casino Floors

Popular skill-based games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Defense of the Ancients can soon be adapted and used for gambling on casino floors, thanks to the recent amendments to Nevada’s Gaming Control Act, together...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 20: Landlords, Beware! Medical Marijuana And Gaming: How Close Is Too Close?

Landlords, Beware! Medical Marijuana And Gaming: How Close Is Too Close? On June 12, 2013, Nevada became the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana businesses. Suddenly, the country’s oldest gaming jurisdiction was...more

Advertising Law - November 2015

Fantasy Sports Has a New Teammate: Nevada Gaming Commission - Nevada's Gaming Control Board announced that fantasy sports will be regulated like other forms of gambling, and ordered operators to halt operation in the...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 18: Nevada Gaming Control Board: Daily Fantasy Sports Is Gambling

Nevada Gaming Control Board: Daily Fantasy Sports Is Gambling - On October 15, 2015, Chairman A.G. Burnett of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board published an Industry Notice declaring daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) to...more

White Paper - Why Daily Fantasy Sports Needs Regulation to Survive

As the first glimpses of the 2015 NFL and college football seasons began to appear on the horizon, something else also began to cloud TV screens: A massive front of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) advertising spots urging...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 15: Updates To Nevada's Live Entertainment Tax

To raise revenue and address its struggling K–12 education system, Nevada legislators made several major changes to the state’s tax structure in 2015. These include introduction of the Commerce Tax, which is a gross revenue...more

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