Congratulations to Duane Morris partner J. Scott Kramer on being appointed Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Gaming Law Committee for 2012-13. Scott will lead the committee as it endeavors to review, study and make recommendations concerning legislative proposals in the area of gaming law; promote the understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions; and develop materials and educational programs to promote improvements in the field of gaming law.
The attention of legislators, state regulators and licensed casino operators has increasing turned to an alternative gambling trend—Internet sweepstakes cafes. Calls for bans have spurred legislative efforts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and other states. The cafes exploit state gambling laws which generally permit sweepstakes–defined as free game promotions which avoid characterization as gambling or illegal lotteries by managing the operative variables of consideration, chance and prize.