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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 something of value specified in the agreement,” K.S.A. 21-6403(a), and the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that whether a game involves “chance” or skill depends on whether chance predominates.  Against the backdrop of these legal principles, we find it hard to understand how the KGRC reached the conclusion that fantasy sports leagues constitute illegal gambling under Kansas law. The FAQs in which the KGRC made this announcement has almost no analysis of how fantasy sports satisfies the three elements of illegal gambling: (1) prize; (2) chance; and (3) consideration.  It notes that, in most cases of fantasy sports leagues, there is no dispute as to whether the prize and consideration elements are met. As for... Read more
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August 11, 2014

Gov. Christie Vetoes Latest Sports Betting Bill

By: Ifrah Law

On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that marked the latest effort to bring legal sports betting to the state’s casinos and racetracks marking another temporary setback, though the efforts may not be over.  The Governor stated in his veto message that the Third Circuit’s opinion from earlier this year striking down… Read More

  Earlier this month, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (“KLC”) presented state lawmakers with a timeline for the launching of an online lottery ticket sales platform by the middle of 2015.  The KLC’s plan is to launch multi-state drawing games such as Powerball first and then launch other lottery products in the following months.  Online lottery… Read More

Atlantic City Needed to Go Online Years Ago
July 23, 2014

Atlantic City Needed to Go Online Years Ago

By: Jeff Ifrah

Photo Credit: Meinzahn Three more casinos are set to close in Atlantic City. Unions, politicians and lobbyists are pointing fingers. One thing is for certain, newly introduced online gaming legislation is not to blame. If experts had been paying attention to the trends, they would have introduced regulated online gaming into New Jersey years ago…. Read More

Sometimes you should be careful what you ask for. And sometimes even when you get what you ask for, it turns out not to be what you wanted. The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari by the State of New Jersey in the case challenging its sports wagering law as a violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection… Read More

  Florida continues to lead the fight against illegal gambling in Internet cafes.  In 2013, state and federal agents arrested dozens of individuals associated with Internet sweepstakes cafes operated by the “Allied Veterans of the World & Affiliates,” a purported charitable group.  These Internet cafes operated under a potential legal loophole.  Patrons were supposedly buying… Read More

On June 23, the United States Supreme Court denied New Jersey’s petition for a writ of certiorari to hear an appeal from lower court decisions that invalidated its sports wagering law.  This ends a three year fight to bring sports betting to New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks, but NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has spearheaded… Read More

Now that three states—Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey—have successfully launched online gaming, there is a flurry of proposed legislation as other U.S. jurisdictions seek to get in on the action.  A surprising number of the proposals seek to limit gaming to poker alone, forbidding real-money online casino games such as slots and blackjack.  Such proposals… Read More

  On Friday, a New Jersey state court judge threw out a lawsuit brought against the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City by six men who alleged that the Borgata was negligent in running a tournament in the 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open which was cancelled after counterfeit poker chips were discovered in… Read More

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June 26, 2014

Bovada Poker Exits Regulated Markets

By: Ifrah Law

In April the state of New Jersey issued warning letters to online gaming affiliate marketers who advertised unlicensed gaming websites in-state.  Now, one unlicensed operator is taking the warning to heart and withdrawing from regulated markets. Bovada, the largest online poker site in the U.S., will no longer be accepting new players from the regulated… Read More

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