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The Metaverse Finally Has a Killer App: Poker

In Decentraland, the poker parlors, known as ICE Poker, are run by a company called Decentral Games, which doesn’t possess a gambling license in the U.S. and argues it doesn’t need one. Gamers aren’t directly cashing out chips for money after they play, says Ryan De Taboada, the company’s chief operating officer. Yet experts say the… Read More

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Jeff Ifrah Recognized as “Sports Betting Power Player” by PoliticsNY

New York legalized mobile sports betting in January 2022, and the newly legal market had a record-breaking start with wagers reaching the $1 billion mark in just the first 15 days. Before it was legal in New York, bettors in the state were either gambling with offshore / illegal sportsbooks or taking their dollars to neighboring Pennsylvania and… Read More

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Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores sues NFL citing systemic racism

DIRKS: One of the reasons the NFL resisted sports betting for so long is because it was worried it might corrupt games, says Jeff Ifrah, a gambling law expert. JEFF IFRAH: The leagues have always suggested this occurs from the outside. There’s outside influence – right? – where particular bettors might try to get a… Read More

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Don’t bet on it. Wagering on the Super Bowl is illegal in California

Jeff Ifrah, a gambling law expert who leads a trade association for regulated online gaming companies, doesn’t buy the argument that offshore sites can legally take sports bets from Californians. “The feds, of course, still have the authority to go after offshore sports betting,” Ifrah said

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New York sportsbooks cash in while Ontario players wait patiently for opening day

Jeff Ifrah, a founding member and general counsel for the iDevelopment and Economic Association, which represents all sectors of the betting and gaming industry, echoed Lycka. “It’s not uncommon for the regulatory process to take an uncomfortable amount of time,” said Ifrah. “Everyone is excited about Ontario and it’s expected to be bigger than any… Read More

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Steven Eichorn Promoted to Of Counsel

Steven Eichorn has been promoted to Of Counsel at Ifrah Law.   “As one of the first associates to join our firm over 10 years ago, Steven has been vital to the growth and success of Ifrah Law. As Ifrah became a leading boutique in the area of online gaming and sports betting, Steven has developed critical… Read More

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Federal Prosecutors Are Using a Law Intended for the Mob in Unexpected Cases

“Federal prosecutors have become more enamored with the RICO law’s ability to expand the story,” said James Trusty, former chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Gang division in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trusty said the statute effectively broadens what is considered criminal behavior under federal law and what is admissible in court. “You’re… Read More

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Attorneys Say IGT Likely to Prevail in Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Wire Act

Jeff Ifrah, of Ifrah Law PLLC, said he thought it was unlikely that the Biden DOJ “issues a statement about this case or clarifies its opinion. I think IGT wins this case and hopefully earns the decision and protection it hopes for.” IGT’s complaint isn’t the first attempt made to try to pin the DOJ to clarify its position. Attorneys general (AGs) from… Read More

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IGT Lawsuit Adds New Chapter To Eternal Wire Act Saga

Jeff Ifrah, founder of the online gambling association iDEA Growth in Washington, D.C., downplayed any concerns about a counterproductive result from the Rhode Island court’s decision in the latest Wire Act case. “Almost no chance because IGT filed it in Rhode Island and the district courts in Rhode Island must follow the precedent of the… Read More

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Jeff Ifrah Discusses the Wire Act on Panel at SBC Summit North America

At this year’s SBC Summit North America, Jeff Ifrah will speak on a panel regarding the controversial 2018 Wire Act opinion issued by the U.S. DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel. The panel is entitled “Taking on the Wire Act” and will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 4:40pm (EST) as part of the Regulatory… Read More