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  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 circulation. After the Big Stack, No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament was cancelled in January, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations, and in April the agency ordered the Borgata to pay out approximately $1.7 million to eligible participants in the tournament.  The Borgata reimbursed the entry fee for each of the 2,143 players in the tournament and paid prize winnings to the final 27 players who were remaining when the tournament was cancelled. In May, six men sued the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City accusing the casino of negligence in operating the tournament without proper surveillance and security.  The plaintiffs also alleged that the Borgata failed to promptly take action... 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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March 24, 2014

Report from Energized iGaming Conference

By: Nicole Kardell and Ifrah Law

The iGNA March 2014 conference in Las Vegas started off with a bang. The conference boasted roughly double the attendance of last year’s conference. People were drawn to the vibrant and comprehensive panels. Attendees crossed the spectrum of involvement and interest in iGaming.  They included land-based and online gambling companies, mobile companies, politicians, media, regulators,… Read More

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