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How Phil Ivey fundamentally changed the concept of dishonesty in English criminal law

by White & Case LLP on

The card game Punto Banco (a form of baccarat) is a straight game of chance. Or at least it should be, according to the UK Supreme Court, who found that Phil Ivey, a legend in the professional gambling world, cheated...more

Dishonesty Test in Criminal Law

by King & Spalding on

The Supreme Court has made a substantial change to the test for dishonesty in the criminal law. Since 1982 the two stage test setout in R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053 by the Court of Appeal has been the approach taken by the...more

Oh My Ghosh! A New Test for Dishonesty in Criminal Law…

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a case brought before it by a professional gambler, on 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court cast the die for the second limb of the test for dishonesty, originally set out in R v. Ghosh [1982], to be overturned....more

Massachusetts SJC Allows for Limited Judicial Review of Gaming Decisions by Unsuccessful License Applicants

by Goodwin on

In a unanimous decision issued on Friday, authored by outgoing Justice Margot Botsford, Massachusetts’s highest court allowed Mohegan Sun’s challenge to the state Gaming Commission’s 2014 award of a gaming license to...more

Gaming Commission Requests Public Comment on Table Game Rules

by Goodwin on

On January 5, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s first meeting of 2017, the Commission posed a series of questions related to the Commission’s promulgation of regulations governing “table game” rules. As resort casinos...more

Company that Sold Land for Casino Says It Was Gamed Out of Rightful Price

by PretiFlaherty on

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has a big fight on its hands with the guys who sold the land for a casino in Everett to Steve Wynn. If the commission loses, it could be out millions of dollars....more

Shutting the Valve on Skin Betting

by Ifrah PLLC on

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

by Dickinson Wright on

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

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

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

by PretiFlaherty on

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

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Ifrah PLLC on

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

by Goodwin on

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!

by Goodwin on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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

by Goodwin on

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?

by Dickinson Wright on

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

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