Duane Morris’ Adam Berger Writes on “Tavern Gaming: Did Pennsylvania Gamble Away a Huge Revenue Opportunity?”

Duane Morris’ Adam Berger, an associate in the firm’s Cherry Hill office, authored “Tavern Gaming: Did Pennsylvania Gamble Away a Huge Revenue Opportunity?” which appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal on March 13, 2014.

In a move meant to increase Pennsylvania’s state and local tax base, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that allows bars and taverns throughout the commonwealth to offer certain games of chance, known as tavern games. They include pull-tabs, daily drawings and certain raffles. Pull-tabs are games of chance that involve a ticket in which a player pulls, peels or pops open a selected part of the ticket to reveal images for a chance to win a prize based on what the ticket shows. These games may not offer a single prize higher than $2,000 or $35,000 in any consecutive seven-day period.

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Massachusetts To Hold Internet Gaming Forum

On the heels of its decision to award the sole slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is prepared to make headlines again. This time for its scheduled educational forum on Internet gaming. Specifically, on March 11, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold an all-day forum where industry experts and members of the Massachusetts legislature will present on a wide array of Internet gaming topics.

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Ten States Consider Internet Gambling Legislation

Internet gambling is currently legal and operating in three, U.S. States – Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Additional states, perhaps realizing that the likelihood of federal legislation on the topic anytime soon is remote, considered their own internet gambling legislation this past year. Proposals for new, or expanded internet gambling have, or will likely be considered by California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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The Likely Battle Between the State Lottery and Atlantic City’s Casinos

The New Jersey State Lottery, in existence for more than 42 years, has been a source of significant profit for state institutions and state aid for education. Even so, New Jersey has commenced efforts to privatize certain functions of the lottery, with the ultimate goal of increasing revenue and improviing the lottery’s operation. As the process has moved forward, the coexistence between lottery and casinos has become a topic of possible concern, particularly with the legalization of Internet wagering. Partner Frank DiGiacomo takes a closer look at the relationship between lottery and casinos in New Jersey, and what the partial privatization of the lottery may mean for the casino industry going forward in this article published in New Jersey Lawyer.

Third-Party Software Providers–Will the DGE Take a Hard Look at Them?

Gaming, like many other industries, has been greatly impacted by changes in technology. As a result, the laws and regulations governing the gaming industry have begun to adapt in order to keep pace with the evolution of the gaming equipment manufacturing process. Attorneys Frank DiGiacomo and Eric Frank explore some of these reforms in New Jersey in this article from New Jersey Lawyer.

Duane Morris Partner Frank DiGiacomo to Speak on “Regulatory Structure and Impacts of New Jersey’s New Legislation”

Duane Morris partner Frank DiGiacomo will speak on “Regulatory Structure and Impacts of New Jersey’s New Legislation” and “Historical Development of the Federal Regulatory Structure for Gambling: What Needs to Change to Make Internet Gambling Truly Work?” at Law Seminars International’s (LSI) Online Gambling Conference on Monday, February 4, 2013.

Mr. DiGiacomo, the program’s co-chair, will be opening the two-day conference that invites attorneys and business executives involved in the gaming and online entertainment industry. Attorneys who attend are also eligible to receive CLE credits.

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DOJ Online Poker Settlement Unleashes Two Top Brands

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker on path to online gaming licensing.

The U.S. Department of Justice, (DOJ) Southern District of New York, reached a settlement today with PokerStars on the U.S. Government’s civil charges that the company defrauded customers and evaded U.S. prohibitions on Internet gambling. The DOJ action arose from the Black Friday, April 15, 2011, indictment and civil complaints against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker and its chief executives, which left online poker players in the U.S. in shock and disarray, as detailed in this New York Times blog.

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Bd Announces it is Accepting Applications for the Remaining Philadelphia Casino License

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that it is now accepting applications for the one remaining casino license that must be located within the City of Philadelphia. This is the former “Foxwoods” license which was revoked by the Board in December 2010. The Board set an application deadline of November 15, 2012.

In its announcement, Board Chairman, William Ryan stated that it was in the “best interest of the people of Pennsylvania” to proceed with the application process since it appears that recent legislation, considered by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which would have amended the current gaming law and allowed the vacant license to be located anywhere within the Commonwealth, is unlikley to move forward.

The licesne fees to operate a casino with up to 5000 slot machines and 250 table games, totals $74.5 million.

New Jersey Assembly Advances Internet Gaming Bill

On June 18, 2012, the New Jersey State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee moved forward a bill that would authorize internet gaming at Atlantic City casinos. The bill, which has been making its way through various committees in the State legislature, provides that all authorized casino games, including poker, may be offered through internet gaming, to players within New Jersey. So as to comport with the recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion and the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the N.J. bill provides that to participate in internet gaming, a player must be physically present in New Jersey whenever a wager is placed, The bill does, however, provide that should the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement determine that wagers may be accepted from players outside of New Jersey, the legislation will allow such wagers. This provision gives the legislation the flexibility to expand the potential player base should there be a change in current federal law which currently would limit prospective internet wagering to intra-state based wagering.

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