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Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Work Continues with the Evaluation of Eastern Massachusetts Casino Applicants

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) held two public hearings the week of June 21, 2014 to determine which applicant would be awarded the sole Boston-area casino license. The Commission held its first hearing on...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry

Patrick Van Eecke and Raf Schoefs (DLA Piper, Brussels) discuss recent media coverage in relation to the Belgian Gaming Commission’s (BGC) open letter to the next government in which it requests for a further restriction of...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

Some New York Applicants Already Folding Their Hands While the Board Makes Accommodations for Those Who Remain

With just under a month to go before final applications are due, three of the original 22 applicants have officially dropped out of the running. The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming, joint venture partners who had...more

Online poker variants approved in Italy!

The Italian gambling regulator, AAMS, has just issued guidelines setting gaming law principles for poker tournaments with variable prizes and multiphase poker tournaments that might attract new interest to online poker in...more

Gaming Legal News - May 2014 • Volume 7, Number 9

In This Issue: - AUDITOR GENERAL CALLS OLG’S MODERNIZATION PLAN “OVERLY AMBITIOUS” AND “OVERLY OPTIMISTIC”: On April 28, 2014, the office of the Auditor General of Ontario released a special report criticizing...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

GB: Gambling Commission publishes final, consolidated Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice

Following two consultations conducted towards the end of 2013, the Gambling Commission has published the final Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP“). These three consultations resulted in the publication of...more

Further Key Amendments to the British Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP)

The Gambling Commission has recently published the final two parts of its response documents detailing the changes to be introduced to the LCCP to coincide with the new point of consumption regime in Great Britain. The...more

GB: Gambling Commission updates FAQs and provides more clarity over grey markets issue

Today (8 April), the Gambling Commission published an updated version of its FAQs, providing updated guidance to the industry in relation to a variety of questions that both we, and the industry generally, have been asking....more

GB: Gambling Commission publishes first tranche of responses to licensing conditions consultation

Following last year’s consultation, the Gambling Commission has published the first of three documents setting out the responses to the consultation and the Commission’s consequential position....more

Nevada Gaming Commission Approves Prepaid Cards

At its meeting on February 20, 2014, the Nevada Gaming Commission adopted amendments to NGC Regulation 1–Issuance of Regulations: Construction; Definition–and NGC Regulation 14–Manufacturers, Distributors, Operators of...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission takes aim at players

Since the amendment in 2010 of the Belgian Gaming Act of 7 May 1999, effective as from 2011, both operators of illegal games of chance (article 4 §1 of the Act) and the natural persons playing these games (article 4 §2 of the...more

GB: POC Bill – new FAQs issued by the Commission as the Bill reaches its final stages of the Parliamentary process

The Gambling (Licencing and Advertising) Bill (“Bill“) receives its Third Reading in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament today. It has always been envisaged that following the Third Reading, the...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Awards Sole Slot License to Penn in Plainville

During the last week of February, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission discussed the three final applications vying for the sole Category 2 slots-parlor license available in the Commonwealth and awarded the sole slot-parlor...more

GB: Gambling Commission publishes updated guidance on POC licensing process

Read the Gambling Commission’s updated guidance for those preparing for the new regulatory regime in Great Britain....more

GB: Final form licence application forms and guidance published

The Gambling Commission has published the new application forms and associate guidance. Any operator or supplier required to obtain a licence will need to complete these forms and should be familiarising themselves with the...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: Gaming Machine Industry affirms its commitment to fight against German gambling regulations

At the International Trade Fair for Amusement and Vending Machines Sportbetting and Sportsgaming (IMA) held between 14 – 17 January 2014 in Düsseldorf the gaming machine industry represented by the Association of the German...more

Gaming Legal News -December 2013 • Volume 6, Number 28

In This Issue: - BILL AMENDMENT OF THE GAMBLING ACT PASSED SECOND TEST SUCCESSFULLY by Nadya Hambach and Parvan Rusinov (Velchev & Co.): On December 12th, a Bill amending and liberalizing the Gambling Act...more

Detroit Casinos’ October Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for October 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 4.2%...more

DLA Piper at European Responsible Gaming Day

On November 28, a round table on the role of the European Union in online gambling was organized by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) during the sixth Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels. Patrick Van...more

Poland: Proposals to allow monopoly to offer online games

Pursuant to the Gambling Law dated 19 November 2009 (“Law”), the Polish government grants monopoly rights over number games, cash lotteries and telebingo. However, the Law does not specifically refer to the internet and the...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

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

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