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The House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing last week to consider bill HR 707, the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” or RAWA.  The proposed bill would prohibit most types of online gambling, whether or not they have been legalized and regulated by any state. The bill was drafted in response to 2011 Department of Justice opinion letter stating that the federal Wire Act law only restricts sports betting operations, and does not apply to other types of gambling.  Internet gaming opponents drafted RAWA to extend the Wire Act to prohibit all types of gambling, rather than just sports betting. The hearing was well attended by stakeholders in the online gaming industry, many of whom are at risk for losing a substantial investment of time and money in the regulated i-gaming markets of Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey if RAWA becomes law. The subcommittee members’ opening remarks displayed a range of views on online gambling.  Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stated outright that he is opposed to... Read more

It seems like, during the next Olympic Games in 2016, you will be able to bet your gold legally in Nevada on who will win the gold. Nevada gaming regulators have voted unanimously to permit the state’s sports books to accept wagers on the Olympic games for the first time in years. Nevada joins international… Read More

As Minnesota’s lottery system turns 25 years old, director Ed Van Petten has sought to follow the lead of the most technologically-advanced state lottery systems in the country by expanding into the profitable market of online ticket sales. However, at a time when many states have enjoyed the additional revenue that online lottery sales can… Read More

While billions of dollars of sports betting continues in the shadowy world of illegal off-shore sports books, the fantasy sports business has been on fire.  And as fantasy sports becomes the new hot “thing” online, it has continued to evolve: Dozens of companies are entering the market to offer everything thing from the increasingly common… Read More

As states continue to search for ways to generate additional revenue, several states have explored the possibility of selling lottery tickets online.  Online lottery ticket sales represent an untapped market for state lotteries that could see rapid expansion in the next several years and it also looks to be a hot issue in several state… Read More

If the past 10 years have taught us anything it’s that the future is not just online, it’s on the go.  For countless consumers, mobile and tablet devices are the preferred method of accessing online content.  After a slow start, gaming developers have come around to prioritizing mobile platforms.  All of this momentum has ground… Read More

This year’s G2E Conference in Las Vegas was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center from September 29th to October 2nd. This premier gaming event is the largest floor show in North America with over 450 vendors and exhibitors, and also features key presentations by leaders in the industry. Firm founder, Jeff Ifrah was in attendance at G2E… Read More

Last week, the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a directive to the state’s casinos and racetracks allowing them to offer sports betting.  The direction was surprising to many who believed that the governor had yielded to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the state’s appeal on the federal sports betting ban. Recently, founding partner of Ifrah… Read More

Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists
September 2, 2014

Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists

By: Michelle Cohen

In the competitive world of land-based casinos, high roller “VIP” players are courted with a host of special perks and privileges. A casino’s proprietary VIP customer list represents one of its most valuable assets, almost akin to the secret formula of Coca-Cola. This is why the Maryland Live! Casino filed suit in federal court in… Read More

Last week, the Kansas Gaming & Racing Commission (“KGRC”) updated the “Frequently Asked Questions” on its website to reflect its position that fantasy sports leagues violate Kansas law against gambling.  Under Kansas law, a “bet” is defined as “a bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance, one stands to win or lose… Read More

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