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Gaming & Hospitality Legal News Volume 10 Number 9, SPECIAL STATEMENT – October 2, 2017

By: Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Jennifer Gaynor, Greg Gemignani and Jeff Silver October 2, 2017 SPECIAL STATEMENT On behalf of Dickinson Wright’s Las Vegas office and our gaming team, a few thoughts on the tragic events of October 1. Today, we are all still reeling from the events of last night and are coming to terms with the devastating losses in our community. But we retain hope for our city, our nation, and the gaming industry in Nevada. It is our understanding that the gaming industry conference, G2E, is still scheduled to open today in Las Vegas, and our casino resorts have lifted the security restrictions that were in place when they went on lockdown following Sunday night’s shooting tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip. As a community, we mourn the victims and honor their memories. We will never forget what has happened here. And we will all be forever marked with the memory and knowledge of the horrors that are all too real. Although we are an international tourist destination, Las Vegas is an incredibly small village, and we will band together to get through these dark days. We are touched by the outpouring of support we have received, and want to let all know that our Las Vegas-based Dickinson Wright team is all safely accounted for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Jennifer Gaynor,...

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Greg Gemignani Co-Authors Cover Article in Communique’s May Edition

Greg Gemignani (Member, Las Vegas) co-authored the cover article, “Professional Sports and Wagering in Las Vegas,” for the May 2017 edition of Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association. The article discusses the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and addresses how the presence of professional sports teams in Las Vegas will impact regulated sports wagering in Nevada, the only state in the U.S. that offers full-scale wagering on sporting events. Greg may be reached in our Las Vegas Office at...

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By:  Greg Gemignani, Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Jennifer Gaynor, and Jeff Silver “Sports gambling is going to be legal. We might as well embrace it and become part of the solution, rather than fight it. It’s in everyone’s best interests for it to be above-board.” 1 Two significant impediments exist to the expansion of sports wagering. The first is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). PASPA prohibits tribes or states from authorizing sports wagering,  and it prohibits anyone from relying on state law from offering any form of wagering on the outcome of games or the performance of athletes. PASPA contains a grandfathering exemption for states that conducted or regulated sports wagering before its enactment, which applies to four states (note only Nevada had broad-based, regulated sports wagering prior to enactment). PASPA, while not a criminal gambling statute, permits the U.S. Department of Justice or any impacted sports league to seek an injunction against states and those operating pursuant to state law. In order for sports wagering to expand beyond the four exempted states without the risk of being forced to stop by courts, PASPA would need to be amended or repealed. Click here to read the entire article. Greg Gemignani, Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, and Jennifer Gaynor are Members in Dickinson Wright’s Las Vegas office, and Jeff Silver is Of Counsel in the Las Vegas office.  Jennifer Gaynor can be reached...

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National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) – Summer Meeting

National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) – Summer MeetingFriday – Sunday, June 9 – 11, 2017The Westin Denver Downtown in Denver, CO Bob Stocker (Member & Gaming Practice Leader, Lansing) will be a speaker on Saturday, June 10th from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion – “The New Frontier: Emerging Forms of Gambling”.Legislators, regulators, operators and consumers are facing a fast-growing array of gaming choices, from daily fantasy sports to skill-based machines to virtual reality gaming. But determining what is already legal within a state’s framework – and how to regulate it – can be tricky. Even determining when an activity is simply “gaming” vs. “gambling” is open to legal debate when considering the traditional elements of prize, chance and consideration. Gaming attorneys and regulators provide their insights based on state law, court decisions and legal opinion. The Summer Meeting agenda includes legislative committee sessions on Responsible Gaming, Pari-Mutuels, Lotteries, State-Federal Relations, and Casinos, as well as general sessions that examine sports betting, retail gaming, and new/emerging forms of gambling. For more info and the agenda, please click...

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The International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference is set for May 10-12 at the Turnberry Isle resort in Miami, Florida. Following evening social events on Wednesday, May 10, the CLE-rated conference commences Thursday morning with a comprehensive focus on gaming developments in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Highlights of the conference include comprehensive discussions by leading gaming attorneys from around the world on such diverse topics as sports betting in the United States; the impact of the 2016 USA election is on the United States gaming market; the expansion of intrastate Internet gaming beyond New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware; the prospects for Internet-related gaming legislation in Congress; global developments in gaming technology; gaming and tax policy in Europe; current and projected developments in tribal and commercial gaming in the United States; the expansion of state lottery activity on the Internet; and the status of horse racing on a global basis. Conference participants will also be able to attend the horse races at Gulfstream Park, one of the leading race tracks in the country and the home of many great Florida thoroughbreds. Persons interested in attending the conference may obtain conference details on the International Masters of Gaming Law website, which includes further details regarding the conference and easy conference and hotel registration processes. It is especially important to book hotel reservations as quickly as possible...

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