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Beyond the Slot Machine: New Bill Directs Nevada’s Gaming Regulators to Craft Regulations to Allow “Hybrid” Games

Nevada is the world’s preeminent gaming destination. Not by chance, but by being a leader in gaming and entertainment innovations. Nevada was the first state in the nation to legalize gaming in 1931, the first to introduce...more

Nevada Senate Bill 266 Amends the Tax Imposed on Live Entertainment Pursuant to NRS Chapter 368A

Recently enrolled Nevada Senate Bill 266 makes sweeping changes to the tax on live entertainment in Nevada pursuant to NRS 368A. Under the newly enacted provisions, an excise tax is imposed on admission charges to facilities...more

Medical Marijuana and Gaming: To Divest or Not to Divest?

Even as more and more states pass laws permitting sales and use of medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act....more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 12: The Next Generation Of Gamers

On April 29, 2015, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears eSports team beat Arizona State to win the collegiate video gaming championship tournament. The winners received their remaining years’ tuition, and if they were graduating...more

UK: Gambling Commission publishes analysis of trends in gambling behaviour over last 6 years

The Gambling Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014. The report’s main findings are: a “significant increase in remote gambling participation, in gambling participation...more

GB: Revised LCCP comes into effect

A new version of the Gambling Commission’s LCCP comes into force recently for all operators and personal licence holders (with certain exceptions, as set out in the document)... ..The revised LCCP was first published...more

GB: Gambling Commission issues warning over “scam” binary options providers

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to consumers, designed to minimise the risk deriving from a current regulatory hiatus affecting binary options. ...more

The Netherlands: Annual report Gaming Authority – Illegal operators jeopardize granting of license

Last week, the Dutch Gaming Authority (“KSA”) published its 2104 annual report. The report provides some facts and figures with respect to 2014, as well as a forecast for the following years. A short overview...more

Spain: Guidelines for biennial audits

The DGOJ (Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities) has published today through its website the Guidelines on the biennial audit for online licensed operators’ technical systems. Note that this will...more

Sweden: Proposed amendments to the Swedish Lotteries Act

An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government has proposed amendments to remove the differences between the prohibition and sanctions against the promotion of unlicensed foreign lotteries and unlicensed national...more

Dutch judge: Binary options institution should get license

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (‘AFM’) wrongly refused to provide a license to a Dutch institution that provides binary option services. This is the outcome of a preliminary judgement earlier this week by...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 4

IS GAMING IN THE CARDS FOR THE VOLUNTEER STATE? Dickinson Wright has learned that Tennessee House Representative Jason Powell has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that could permit casino gaming in...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 3: Nevada Regulators Green-Light Wagering On Olympic And Virtual Events

In a move designed to provide Nevada race books and sports pools with a greater variety of offerings, the Nevada Gaming Commission, on February 26, 2015, adopted amendments to its regulations to allow wagering on Olympic...more

GB: High Court backs the Government over POC legislation

The High Court has handed down its judgment this morning, backing the Government over the Judicial Review instigated by a collective of Gibraltar-based operators of the proposed POC legislation. The industry had been awaiting...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission calls for blacklisting of free gambling apps

In today’s Belgian national media, the Belgian Gaming Commission has pleaded to restrict the offering of free gambling applications (“apps”) which allow persons to gamble for free on their mobile device. The Commission for...more

GB: POC Legislation delayed until 1 November

The Government has announced that the full implementation of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 will be postponed until 1 November 2014....more

GB: Gambling Commission updates AML guidance

The Gambling Commission has published updated guidance to the industry aimed at assisting operators grapple with the complicated requirements of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002...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

Boston Stripped of Surrounding Community Status for Wynn Project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) stripped Boston of its status as a “surrounding community” for the proposed Wynn casino. While initially the Commission appeared to agree with Boston that the Commission...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Receives Final Community Input for Eastern Massachusetts Casino Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) held two public hearings the week of August 11, 2014 to finalize the comment process before awarding the Boston-area casino license. The Commission held the first hearing...more

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

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