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Online Gaming & Gambling

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Online Gaming & Gambling

At the intersection of interactive gaming and government regulation, one firm stands out.

Ifrah Law has represented online gaming clients since the inception of the industry, and now represents many of the largest iGaming and online sports betting companies, ancillary service providers, and industry associations in the world. We have been at the center of precedent-setting prosecutions and lawsuits in the online gaming industry, and we were instrumental in the creation of the legislative and regulatory frameworks in the first states to permit online gaming: Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

Nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Gaming & Licensing Law, Jeff Ifrah and his firm bring decades of experience in betting and wagering law to advise startups in the eSports space, including both real money and skill-based p2p competition sites, on compliance with both state and federal law. Our clients in the sports betting arena include FanDuel, FOXBet, Bet365, Playtech, Unikrn, WorldPay/FIS Global, and Sportradar. Jeff and his team have also gained a strong reputation in other innovative internet-based industries such as payment processing and money transmission.

The firm is a founding member of iDEA (iDevelopment and Economic Association), an association which seeks to grow jobs and expand online interactive entertainment business in the United States through advocacy and education. Its members include, DraftKings, Entain, and Light & Wonder, among others. On behalf of iDEA, Ifrah Law submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the seminal sports betting case Murphy v. NCAA, which was decided in favor of iDEA’s argument urging the rights of states to direct their own economies.

Two characteristics uniquely qualify Ifrah Law to represent iGaming companies:

  • Our substantial experience in both criminal defense and civil litigation. This is invaluable because even civil cases can expose iGaming companies to criminal prosecution. We are litigators who know the risks and how to avoid them.
  • Our knowledge of the Online Gaming industry and the people who work in it. We are a firm of lawyers who share a passion for understanding our clients and their businesses. Through our representation of iGaming businesses since the industry’s beginnings, we have acquired an in-depth understanding which is key to our ability to craft solutions that meet our clients’ goals.

Jeff Ifrah and his team advise online casino operators, poker and fantasy sports sites, and payment processors on class action lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, vendor and supplier issues, government investigations and criminal matters. We also serve as Special Internet Counsel for the Delaware State Lottery. The firm is known for representing clients in cases involving progressive areas of the gaming industry, such as sports betting, social gaming, skins betting, iGaming, online sweepstakes and lotteries, peer-to-peer betting and mobile gaming.

Ifrah Law publishes the blog, Ifrah on iGaming and maintains a timely white paper entitled, “The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming and Betting in the U.S.” (available for download here), a comprehensive overview of iGaming legislation and business opportunities. The firm has been honored by industry associations such as eGaming Review for its innovation, excellence, and dedication to best practices, and Jeff Ifrah frequently presents on issues pertaining to iGaming law for organizations like the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA).

Case Studies

Advising eSports Company on ICO, Cryptocurrencies, Compliance, and Regulation

Unikrn, an international leader in eSports products and content, asked us to provide legal advice on various new products, including its initial coin offering: we provided strategic advice on the products and games on which the cryptocurrencies could be used, while remaining compliant with U.S. gaming and financial services regulation on the federal and state level. We also worked closely with Unikrn during all phases of development of their product, including revisions to the product and games, updates to the ICO whitepaper, and various regulatory and compliance strategies. We continue to advise Unikrn on various new gaming offerings and are advising on licensing matters in newly opened sports betting markets.

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Preparing License Application to Become Registered Casino Service Industry Enterprise

Ifrah Law prepared the license application for Ezugi to become a registered Casino Service Industry Enterprise in New Jersey. We have worked extensively on representing the client in negotiations with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to address Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) concerns, obtain approval of the application, and to receive transactional waivers for continued operations. The firm also represents Ezugi on its corporate transactions and revenue share agreements with multiple casinos. Ezugi was the first operator after regulation to offer a “virtual” live dealer where remote players watch and play poker
online while they view a real casino table and dealer. This innovative and cutting-edge work has resulted in our client partnering with the Golden Nugget Casino and its counsel, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.

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Managing the Entire RFP Process for Tribal Gaming Company

Seneca Gaming Corporation, owned by the Seneca tribe, runs three casinos in Western New York, and is the largest casino in the state in terms of revenue.

In 2013, New York passed a law allowing retail sports betting within casinos, but the passage of specific state regulations governing the activity was delayed for years. The Seneca tribe retained Ifrah Law to help find them a partner to run their expanded retail and mobile sports betting operations.

We ran the entire RFP process for the casino, offering potential partners the opportunity to bid on servicing this $1 billion market. Ifrah Law reviewed all of the applications, and helped the client cull the list down to a select group of finalists who would make the ideal New York sports betting partner for their specific business objectives.

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