Deposit Method Standards and Cryptocurrency in Regulated iGaming and Sports Betting Industries

Despite being the most widespread form of non-fiat money, cryptocurrency has struggled to gain traction as a broader means of exchange and payment, including in the internet gaming (“iGaming”) and sports betting industries. While there are no industry-wide standards for acceptable deposit methods, gaming regulators have tended toward two approaches, neither of which explicitly permits…

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NCAA Allows Data Distribution Deals to Sportsbooks

The National College Athletic Association (“NCAA”) relaxed its long-established opposition to sports betting this Wednesday in a decision that will allow for the sale of data to sportsbooks. The decision comes in the same week that NCAA president Mark Emmert agreed to leave his role in the middle of his contract once a new president…

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Legalized Online and Retail Sports Betting on its Way to Maine

This week, Maine’s state House and Senate both approved a bill that would legalize online and retail sports betting.  The legislation provides the state’s four federally recognized Indian tribes with a monopoly on mobile sports betting rights.  The state’s two casinos, the Oxford Casino and the Hollywood Casino and Raceway in Bangor have the ability,…

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Pennsylvania Finally Drops Under 5% Shareholder Licensee Registration Requirement

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) issued a letter to enact a policy change to raise the ownership interest threshold from one percent to five percent for ownership interests held in privately-owned entities. This immediately impacts the licensing requirements of “principal” applications in Pennsylvania and is effective for both existing licensees (or pending applications) and…

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State Securities Regulators Intervene In Virtual Casino NFT Sales

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State regulators in three states took the first steps in regulating non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) as securities, issuing cease-and-desist orders against the online casino developer Sand Vegas Casino Club (“Sand Vegas”) and its co-founders for allegedly offering unregistered securities and violating various other securities-related regulations. As we have written, NFTs use smart contracts to offer holders…

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ADA Accessibility Guidance for the iGaming Industry

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The broader gambling industry is transitioning into an increasingly online and mobile-based industry. Proliferation and popularity of online and mobile sports betting have evinced a burgeoning consumer demand for web-based gaming options. As the internet gaming (“iGaming”) market expands, gaming companies need to follow the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) new Guidance on web accessibility under…

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Advertising and Marketing in Ontario’s New Online Gambling Market

On April 4th, 2022, Ontario’s new internet gambling (igaming and sports betting) market will launch. To support operators in their advertising efforts prior to the launch, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) published highlights from the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. These standards also address what affiliates and third parties must do to…

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