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.

 

Ballot Initiative for Another Slots Parlor in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters may have the choice to “hit” or “stand” on another gaming establishment. A potential ballot question for this November is whether the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) should be allowed to issue an additional license for a second slots parlor in the state—with a few strings attached. The proposed…

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If Two’s A Party, Is Three A Crowd? MGC Community Hearing on Proposed Brockton Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) hosted a community meeting on March 1, 2016 to hear public input regarding Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC’s proposal to build a $677 million commercial casino in Brockton. As expected, it got rowdy. Supporters cheered at Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter’s demand to bring casino jobs…

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Fantasy Sports Update

On Thursday, DraftKings will appear before Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Brian A. Davis to assert a breach of contract claim against its two payment processors, Optimal Payments and Vantiv.  DraftKings seeks to enjoin both processors from blocking credit card transactions by New York DFS players. Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan…

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Fantasy Sports Update

Here are today’s fantasy news articles of interest: A new Florida lawsuit against FanDuel and DraftKings has named DFS partners, such as the leagues and payment processors, as defendants under a RICO theory. After exiting the NY market, FanDuel saw a slight dip in entry-fees this weekend, while DraftKings maintained…

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Fantasy Sports Update

Here are today’s fantasy articles of interest: The Massachusetts AG has announced new regulations that would govern daily fantasy sports operators.  The regulations mostly impose consumer protections and do not attempt to directly govern gameplay. A DraftKings attorney, Griffin Finan, spoke before the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, asserting that…

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