Gaming and gambling in the United States have undergone tremendous growth and transformation over the last decade, and the vast landscape of legal and regulatory hurdles is changing daily. Goodwin Procter's Gaming, Gambling & Sweepstakes practice has launched a new blog aimed at helping operating companies, entrepreneurs and investors stay on top of the complex and rapidly shifting legal and regulatory issues affecting gambling and gaming in the United States.

 

Parting with PASPA: U.S. Supreme Court Paves the Way for Regulated Sports Gambling

Earlier today, New Jersey won a sweeping victory in Murphy v. NCAA, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).  As David Apfel and Brian Burgess recently explained, the parties’ arguments focused on whether the federal policy requiring states to maintain prohibitions…

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Massachusetts Gaming Update: First Circuit Decision Allows Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe a Second Shot at Martha's Vineyard Casino

It’s ‘play on’ for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). On April 10, a First Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel weighed in on the nearly three-and-a-half-year dispute between the Tribe and the Commonwealth, the town of Aquinnah, and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association over the Tribe’s plan to…

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Massachusetts SJC Allows for Limited Judicial Review of Gaming Decisions by Unsuccessful License Applicants

In a unanimous decision issued on Friday, authored by outgoing Justice Margot Botsford, Massachusetts’s highest court allowed Mohegan Sun’s challenge to the state Gaming Commission’s 2014 award of a gaming license to competing bidder Wynn MA, LLC, while disallowing similar challenges to the decision brought by the City of Revere…

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Highway to the Danger . . . Arena? Room for Improvement in Atlantic City’s Test Run With Skill Based Gaming

About a year after New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement implemented regulations for skill-based machine gaming, “video game slot machines” have finally made their entrance in Atlantic City, to mixed acclaim.  Most of the major Atlantic City casinos—Harrah’s, Caesars, and Tropicana—have now installed one of two skill-based machines (in some…

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Place Your Bets: Will the Trump Administration Support New Jersey's Push to Expand Sports Gambling?

New Jersey’s years-long battle to allow sports gambling received a significant boost from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, which issued an order inviting the Solicitor General to file a brief in the case (known to Court Watchers as a “CVSG”).  The Court’s action keeps alive New Jersey’s push to…

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Gaming Commission Requests Public Comment on Table Game Rules

On January 5, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s first meeting of 2017, the Commission posed a series of questions related to the Commission’s promulgation of regulations governing “table game” rules.  As resort casinos edge closer to opening their doors to patrons, the Commission is working to establish processes to review…

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