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Six Ways to Delay a Supplier’s Licensure to Service Gaming Operators

Six Ways to Delay a Supplier’s Licensure to Service Gaming Operators

July 5, 2024

Six Ways to Delay a Supplier’s Licensure to Service Gaming Operators

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

Ifrah Law specializes in matters related to sports betting and gaming, so it is no surprise that we have helped many businesses apply for and obtain the credentials they need to service the gaming industry. Because gambling is generally a matter of state law, entities that want to participate in that industry must go through the licensure process in every state in which they want to operate. That means the business must consult each state’s gambling statutes, regulations, and application requirements, complete the application forms for the business entity as well as its key personnel, and compile the supporting documents to be submitted as part of the application package. If the gaming-related activity is to occur on tribal lands, the…

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Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

May 20, 2024

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

The Ontario Superior Court handed a clean victory to Ontario’s internet gaming (“iGaming”) regulator and Attorney General last Monday, when it declared that Ontario’s regime for online gaming comports with Canada’s Constitution and Criminal Code. The much-anticipated decision disposed of a lawsuit that the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (the “Council”) filed in November 2022, alleging that (i) Canadian law prohibits lottery schemes (to include sports…

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Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

May 2, 2024

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

By: Jordan Briggs

Legal online sportsbetting, is still relatively new in America.[1] Over the last six years, as more states have legalized online sportsbetting, Americans have noticed more and more ads, leaving some feeling inundated with these ads.[2] But have Americans really seen more online sportsbetting ads, or have they only noticed more ads? Today, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) published a summary of its research finding that…

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Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators

April 5, 2024

Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators

By: Steven Eichorn

The early part of 2024 has proven to be unexpectedly eventful in Pennsylvania in regards to sports betting, fantasy contests, and skill games. There is always an interesting dynamic- and sometimes tension- in regards to the different regulatory regimes and which one applies to a specific platform. For example, who takes ownership over a game that offers NFL themed lottery tickets? What regulation applies to…

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Say it Ain’t So, Oh!

April 3, 2024

Say it Ain’t So, Oh!

By: James Trusty

The Shohei Ohtani betting scandal has receded from view for the moment, but its brief surfacing last week provided fundamental guidance on how not to manage a crisis faced by a professional athlete, while also giving rise to some serious issues for Major League Baseball (“MLB”) to address in the near future. Lawyers and publicists in the niche world of crisis management unofficially swear a…

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A Positive Result of Legalized Sports Betting is Solution for Betting Corruption and Match Fixing

March 26, 2024

A Positive Result of Legalized Sports Betting is Solution for Betting Corruption and Match Fixing

By: Sara Dalsheim

This month, Sportradar released its “Betting Corruption and Match-Fixing Report” (the “Report”) from the company’s Integrity Services Division[1] The Report covered approximately 850,000 sporting events and matches across 70 sports. Sportradar identified a total of 1,329 suspicious matches in 2023, in 11 sports in 105 countries. This represented a marginal increase over the 1,212 suspicious matches Sportradar detected in 2022. 99.5% of sporting events displayed…

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Ifrah Law Interviews David Purdum on Sports Integrity

March 22, 2024

Ifrah Law Interviews David Purdum on Sports Integrity

By: Jake Gray

The stakes have never been higher for sports leagues and athletes to maintain the integrity of their contests. The mere possibility of thrown games, points shaven, or dishonest referee calls turns many bettors into pseudo-detectives, scrutinizing outcomes on behalf of their lost wagers. We interviewed David Purdum, an investigative journalist who writes on the sports betting industry for ESPN, for his thoughts on sports integrity…

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Are Lottery Courier Services the Next Big Thing?

March 19, 2024

Are Lottery Courier Services the Next Big Thing?

By: Steven Eichorn

On February 15, 2024, DraftKings announced that it would acquire lottery app Jackpocket (which is a lottery courier services provider- i.e. it enables customers to obtain lottery tickets such as PowerBall and MegaMillions directly from their mobile app) for about $750 million in cash and stock. The company said it would pay about 55% of the consideration in cash and the remainder in common stock….

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Why is Player Betting a Cardinal Sin?

Why is Player Betting a Cardinal Sin?
By: James Trusty

Legal Sports Betting Arrives in The Centennial State

Legal Sports Betting Arrives in The Centennial State
By: Ifrah Law

NCAA Announces Groundbreaking Decision to Allow Compensation for College Athletes

NCAA Announces Groundbreaking Decision to Allow Compensation for College Athletes
By: Steven Eichorn

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