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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 have been floated in California, Pennsylvania, and even by the federal government. From a financial perspective, a poker-only restriction is a puzzling choice because internet casino games consistently generate more revenue than internet poker games in the states where both types of gaming are offered.  For instance, in May 2014 New Jersey online casino games generated $8,196,276 in revenue, whereas online poker only generated $2,273,657 in revenue.  While Delaware initially saw a stronger start for online poker than online casino gaming when it launched igaming in late 2013, that trend has reversed and over the past three months casino games have posted higher revenue proceeds than poker.  The May 2014 figures reported $72,537 for Delaware... 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

Today, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) released additional guidance for affiliate marketing companies working with state online gaming operators. This guidance comes only weeks after the DGE issued warning letters to affiliate marketers who advertised unregulated online gaming websites in conjunction… Read More

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced a consent decree with Sprint Corporation for federal do not call violations. Specifically, under the terms of the agreement, Sprint will make a $7.5 million “voluntary contribution” to the United States Treasury. This payment represents the largest do not call settlement reached by the FCC. Sprint also agreed… Read More

In a recent case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the district court held that the plaintiff’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) claim should be dismissed. The court ruled that the plaintiff gave prior express consent when she agreed to the terms of her health insurance plan, which stated that… Read More

Introduced as “S 6913” on March 29, 2014, New York’s online poker bill will allow for poker only, both cash and tournament play. The bill allows New York to enter into liquidity-sharing arrangements with other states. As of now, the bill authorizes 10 online poker licenses that are good for 10 years. The licensing fee… Read More

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State of Opportunity

By: Ifrah Law

Online gambiling is up and running in New Jersey and it’s off to a strong start, providing a welcome shot in the arm for ailing Atlantic City. Lawyer Sarah Coffey offers some early analysis. Gambling-Insider-State-of-Opportunity

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The Law According to NJ

By: Ifrah Law

Jeff Ifrah and Sarah Coffey of Ifrah Law explain everything you need to know about the New Jersey iGaming regulations. Gaming-Intelligence-The-Law-According-to-NJ

Today, the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee released a long anticipated report entitled “The Current Condition and Future Viability of Casino Gaming in Pennsylvania.” Last December, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a resolution calling for a study, which has been viewed as an important step in expansion of gaming in the state to include… Read More

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