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Maryland Report Supports iGaming Expansion – Should More States Start to Consider Legalization?

Nov 17, 2023

Maryland Report Supports iGaming Expansion – Should More States Start to Consider Legalization?

In its effort to legalize online slot machines, table games, and poker (“iGaming”), the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (“MLGCA”) hired the Innovation Group to create a wide-ranging report that would analyze the projected Maryland market, provide legislative and rule recommendations, and summarize both best practices and pitfalls to avoid in launching iGaming in…

ADA Accessibility Guidance for the iGaming Industry

Apr 5, 2022

ADA Accessibility Guidance for the iGaming Industry

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…

Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance

Feb 9, 2022

Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance

In the first article of this series, we covered the basics of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”)—unique virtual items recorded with immutable characteristics on the blockchain. We also introduced the concept of Utility NFTs, which are NFTs that serve some function beyond their value as collectibles. Part II in our series highlights newly developing applications of Utility…

D.C. Becomes First Place in U.S. to Legalize Online Poker

Jan 28, 2022

D.C. Becomes First Place in U.S. to Legalize Online Poker

April 7, 2011 saw a historic moment in igaming as the District of Columbia became the first American jurisdiction to enact a law that allows online poker wagering. The amendment, called the “Lottery Modernization Act of 2010” for the year it was introduced, is part of a larger budget bill passed by the D.C. Council…

Uses and Abuses of Decentralization in Gambling

Dec 7, 2021

Uses and Abuses of Decentralization in Gambling

Decentralization has been the selling point of many platforms using blockchain-based technologies including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Many believe that decentralization by blockchain has the potential to disrupt multiple industries from finance to art. These decentralized equivalents are called ‘dapps.’ And over the past few years there have been several attempts to decentralize and disrupt…

Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile

Oct 25, 2021

Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile

Last week, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance that removes a significant hurdle from the daily operations of the mobile betting industry.  Under a regulatory component of the USA Patriot Act,[1] casinos are required to use documentary evidence (such as a driver’s license or passport) to verify their customer’s identity in establishing accounts. …

Twitch Bans Casino Game Links in First Step Toward Improved Regulation of Gambling Content

Aug 13, 2021

Twitch Bans Casino Game Links in First Step Toward Improved Regulation of Gambling Content

Video game streaming platform Twitch has issued a new rule prohibiting the sharing of links and referral codes to sites offering certain casino games, signaling an increased focus on a gambling streaming market that had caught fire in recent months. “To prevent harm and scams created by questionable gambling services that sponsor content on Twitch,…

Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost

Jan 31, 2021

Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost

We have seen commercial winners and losers in the COVID era. Online gaming has been a clear winner, with record participation during shelter-in-place times. It just received another boost thanks to a policy change at Google: Google Play recently announced it will allow gambling apps in the Google Play store starting March 1. This is a…

Stars Group Powers Up with New Video Game-Inspired Poker Game

Oct 19, 2017

Stars Group Powers Up with New Video Game-Inspired Poker Game

The gaming industry – like many others – is constantly asking: what’s next? What is the next game or platform or innovation that will attract new players? To bring in new players and fans, many traditional casino operators have shifted their focus to video game-style games, which emphasize the player’s skill and utilize more engaging…

How the Gray Bill Tries to Keep Out Bad Actors

May 24, 2016

How the Gray Bill Tries to Keep Out Bad Actors

The iGaming world is excited about Assembly Bill 2863—better known as the Gray bill because of lead sponsor Adam Gray—which would legalize and regulate intrastate online poker in California. A few weeks ago, the bill unanimously cleared the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee; now it looks set to clear the Appropriations Committee as well. Those are…