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Gaming in New York and Beyond: Looking to the Future

Duane Morris LLP will present “Gaming in New York and Beyond – Looking to the Future,” to be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the firm’s New York office.

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), states now have the ability to legalize and regulate sports betting. Duane Morris has assembled a panel of gaming industry veterans and lawyers to help you understand the opportunities and challenges in this new era of gaming in New York and beyond. Partner Christopher Soriano and associates Adam Berger and Samantha Haggerty will be panelists.

For more information or to register, please visit the event page on the Duane Morris website.

Court Finds Poker Games Do Not Violate Federal Law

In an opinion in a criminal case on August 21, 2012, US v. Dicristina, Eastern District of New York Judge Jack Weinstein entered a judgment of acquittal against a defendant who had been charged under the federal Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA) for operating a poker room out of the back room of a bicycle warehouse. The operator took a 5% rake from each pot, of which 25% was paid to the dealer. The Court found that the operation of a poker business, specificaly Texas Hold’em, even in violation of state law, does not violate the IGBA. Accordingly, although the defendant could be prosecuted under state law, the court found that no federal crime had been committed.

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New York Changes its Gaming Regulatory Structure

New York’s recent State Budget law changed the gaming regulatory structure in New York state moving forward. The new law, the relevant parts of which become effective on October 1, 2012, created the New York State Gaming Commission, a new agency which will take over the regulation and responsibilities for all forms of legalized in New York including Class III Indian Gaming, pari-mutual wagering(both on-track and off-track wagering), bingo and chartable games of chance, the lottery and prospective New York casinos.

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