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Why Can’t I Buy A Powerball Ticket Online?
January 14, 2016

Why Can’t I Buy A Powerball Ticket Online?

By: Jeff Ifrah
As a gaming lawyer, I get asked a lot of questions about what is legal and what is not legal. A lot of folks end conversations with me by scratching their heads and saying “that doesn’t make sense at all.”  The most recent head scratcher?  A lot of online sites recently offered to sell Powerball tickets to out-of-state residents.  Is that legal? The answer unfortunately is no.  Once again, the reason doesn’t make sense at all – at least not in today’s society. There is a federal law (yes, there is a federal law for everything, but bear with me) that prohibits the sale of lottery tickets from one state to another.  Essentially, the federal law known as Title 18 Section 1301 prohibits buying tickets, for example Powerball tickets, in Maryland and selling them to residents of New Jersey. Not surprisingly, American entrepreneurs quickly found a work-around:  hold on to the tickets on behalf of the owner rather than shipping them out of state and violating the law. And a few... Read more

Christmas didn’t come early for daily fantasy sports players in New York. A state judge issued an injunction this Friday ordering the two largest DFS sites, DraftKings and FanDuel, to shut down. The injunction was based upon the judge’s finding that DFS constituted illegal gambling under state law. Fortunately for the sites, their players, and… Read More

Sorry, NY Fantasy Sports Fans. No Play for You!
November 16, 2015

Sorry, NY Fantasy Sports Fans. No Play for You!

By: Jeff Ifrah

Daily Fantasy Sports (or DFS) offers daily excitement to millions of US sports fans, and it enjoys tremendous support from its fan base. That support was on display today in NYC, as more than 250 upset fans rallied in front of the Attorney General’s office. The rally in support of DFS was in response to… Read More

Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness
November 10, 2015

Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness

By: Ifrah Law

A federal court has soundly rejected a plaintiff’s contention that she suffered any real-world harm based on in-game losses of virtual currency.  In Mason v. Machine Zone, Inc., plaintiff Mia Mason alleged that she was a regular player of a free-to-play mobile game called Game of War (GoW): Fire Age.  GoW is a multiplayer online… Read More

The Return of The King
October 1, 2015

The Return of The King

By: Ifrah Law

PokerStars, the innovative online poker industry leader with a deeply loyal U.S. fan base, is making its highly anticipated return to the United States online gaming market.  New Jersey regulators have approved PokerStars’ parent company, Amaya, to partner with Resorts Atlantic City to offer online gaming platforms in the state through the PokerStars and Full… Read More

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.
September 14, 2015

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.

By: Michelle Cohen and Ifrah Law

Photo courtesy https://outplayed.fr/  With a $143 million market in North America, eSports is big business in the U.S. And given its swift rise in popularity – 205 million people worldwide watched or played eSports in 2014, it will only become bigger. At last week’s eSports Conference, held in San Francisco September 9-10, industry leaders met… Read More

*This piece first appeared on the site LegalSportsReport.com on August 11, 2015 Welcome to one of the biggest business opportunities on Planet Earth: legalized sports betting in the United States, the land of the free and the home of 200 million sports fans. It hasn’t happened yet, but odds are, it will. And when it does, the… Read More

Texas Hold ‘Em is poker. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most, but the pronouncement was a serious disappointment to an Idaho casino. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Idaho-based casino could not lawfully offer Texas Hold ‘Em on its site as the game was… Read More

It is ironic that recent proposed legislation that would expand the scope of the federal Wire Act comes from a U.S. senator in the South, where “states’ rights” has always been a rallying cry. This past week’s focus on the presence of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol (and… Read More

Minnesota’s legislature recently passed a bill that bars the Minnesota Lottery from offering online games, following a four month transition period. Specifically, the new law bans the lottery director from offering “the play of, on an electronic terminal, through a Web site, or by any other means or device, casino-style games, including but not limited… Read More

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