In recent months, free poker websites that offer prizes to tournament winners have increased in number and popularity – but also have garnered more regulatory scrutiny. The Attorney General of California is presently investigating a free poker website, Cafrino.com. California Attorney General vs. Free Poker Websites According to the California Attorney General, even though Cafrino.com…

The decision to begin issuing licenses for New Jersey sports gambling in early January 2013, pursuant to a bill signed into law last January, has compelled the NCAA to relocate six championships in five different sports that had been scheduled to take place in New Jersey. NCAA Sports Gambling Policy The NCAA has a policy…

Sweepstakes that encourage user participation by voting for the eventual winner offer an interactive, compelling and effective way of raising brand awareness. Ideally, not only will contestants get involved with the branded contest, but so too will thousands more who participate strictly as voters. However, there are certain important issues to consider when drafting the…

In early May, the Governor of the State of Maryland signed into law a bill that exempts certain online fantasy sports games from that State’s gambling prohibitions which went into effect earlier this week, on October 1, 2012. Below is a summary of the law’s features, as previously provided on this website: The law relies…

Details relating to the first federal online gaming bill, as put together by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ), have been released. While the bill has been in committee for over a year, its contents were previously sealed. The bill does have thirty co-sponsors, but prospects for eventual passage into law remain mixed,…

Last week, the Nevada State Gaming Control Board took the next big step on the road to legalized Internet gaming when it issued its first approval for a marketing company to participate in the Internet gaming industry in Nevada. While the Gaming Control Board has already approved applications for website operators and game system manufacturers,…

The 2012 Democratic Party Platform, released in anticipation of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina failed to mention the topic of legalized Internet gaming in any way. While this was not as much of a disappointment to proponents of legalized Internet gaming as the 2012 Republican Party Platform was (which explicitly called for…

Proponents of legalized Internet gaming were dealt a blow when the Republican Party released its 2012 Platform ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay. The 2012 Platform leaves no doubt about the Republican Party’s official, party-line opposition to any form of legalized Internet gaming – specifically denouncing the recent decision by the Justice…

Recently, at the direction of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), a federal judge shut down a dubious sweepstakes operation that had tricked people into paying a $20 “processing” fee in order to collect a sweepstakes prize, while posing as a governmental agency. A couple of weeks ago (August 8, 2012), the FTC took the additional…

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Daniel Akaka (D-HI), introduced a online gaming bill that (if passed into law) would create a regulatory framework for legalized online gambling as implemented by Native American tribes that currently operate gambling operations. The bill is in the preliminary stages only, as it is…

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