New Nevada Bill Would Allow for Interstate Gaming Compacts | Ifrah Law - Hands-on Counsel, Gloves-off Litigation - JDSupra: " . . . The possibility of gaming compacts became a reality after the DOJ released an opinion in December 2011stating that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. This opinion by DOJ eased fears among state lawmakers that money involved in online gaming could not be sent across state lines without incurring a violation of federal law. With that hurdle removed, the possibility of states entering into online gaming compacts became a reality. Thus far two states, Delaware and Nevada, have enacted laws legalizing intrastate online gaming. Last month, the New Jersey state legislature passed a law legalizing online gaming and the bill is currently waiting for action to be taken on it by Gov. Chris Christie. Other states have publicly stated that they will consider online gaming legislation in sessions this year. One potential problem with interstate gaming compacts is the potential for a hodgepodge of different laws and regulations for players and operators. States that lack experience in regulating gambling activities may look to the states that do have such experience, like Nevada and New Jersey, to regulate for them as an alternative to establishing their own regulations for online gaming. Thus far, Nevada is the only state to implement regulations governing online poker. Nevada may want something in return for helping regulate gaming activities in other states, and it is not clear from the bill what that may be. Compacts like this have the potential to entrust a significant amount of power in a state agency, such as the Nevada Gaming Commission, and it is unclear whether it would be in the best interests of players and operators for that to occur. The concern over one state agency having so much power may serve as an impetus for states that do not currently have regulatory bodies for gaming to decide to establish them. . . "
Gambling and Social Games Continue to Unite: Caesars Interactive Entertainment has acquired Buffalo Studios LLC | Pillsbury Social Media, Entertainment & Technology Team - JDSupra: "Bingo Blitz business represents a unique opportunity for Caesars Interactive Entertainment to add to our portfolio of social and mobile game assets and to grow our market share across all interactive platforms," said Mitch Garber, Chief Executive Officer for Caesars Interactive Entertainment. This acquisition comes on the heels of CIE's acquisition of Playtika and its vow to be Number 1 in the space. According to its website, CIE is actively pursuing further expansion and acquisitions to build upon its capabilities and product portfolio. The intersection of gambling and social games remains a growing area as the legislation to permit real money gambling in the U.S. crawls along at a snail's pace.
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