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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned a federal district court ruling that had permitted the State of Wisconsin to prohibit the Ho Chunk tribe from offering electronic poker on its reservation although such games are not explicitly and uniformly prohibited in that state.  This ruling may have implications for the ability of tribes to offer online poker – an issue that is subject of intense focus in the State of California. The case focused on the ability of states to regulate the offering of certain forms of gaming by Native American tribes in the United States. Generally speaking, tribes’ ability to do so is regulated under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Under IGRA, traditional poker – in which players compete against each other, and not against the house – is a “nonbanked card game” that is defined as Class II gaming. Unlike Class III gaming (a catch-all category that includes most casino games), the ability of States to regulate Class II gaming is extremely... Read more

The 2015 Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) took place last week in San Francisco, and coincided with many exciting industry firsts. GiGse is the largest and most established event in North America which annually attracts over 700 iGaming and related industry professionals from all over the world. On April 20th, eGaming Review (EGR) North America, named Ifrah Law “Best… Read More

Most of the news from the Atlantic City Boardwalk over the last couple of years has not been promising. Several of the massive casino resort properties there have closed and/or slipped into bankruptcy, and the resale or reopening of the properties has been stalled by legal and financial hurdles. But a new plan for development… Read More

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… 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

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