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gambling and the law

Nelson Rose: Calling a $200 Million Bluff

By David G. Schwartz on September 7, 2010 4:19 PM | Permalink

Calling a $200 Million Bluff

      CityCenter in Las Vegas has now opened, and appears to be enough of a success to save MGM Mirage, the second largest casino company in the world (Harrah's is first), from bankruptcy.

      But, it almost didn't happen, due to the treachery of its partner.

      Only the brilliant poker playing of Kirk Kerkorian, who controls MGM, saved the day.

      Kerkorian spent a lot of time gambling in Las Vegas during the 1940s, but I don't know if he ever plays poker with cards today.  Yet, when it comes to trading multi-hundred million dollar casino properties, Kerkorian usually comes out a winner.

Gambling and the Law: California Breakthrough

By David G. Schwartz on June 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Permalink

California is about to become the test on whether politics really is the art of the possible.

At the end of May, State Senator Roderick ("Rod") D. Wright (D-Inglewood) introduced SB 1485, inartfully named, "The Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2010." SB 1485 would authorize intra-state online poker and other "authorized games" in California.

In the past, attempts to legalize Internet gaming in California have been stymied by fears of federal intervention, and opposition from politically powerful Indian gaming tribes.

But times have changed. The right-wing ideologues of President George W. Bush's federal Department of Justice have been replaced by centralist prosecutors, who do not feel they have a duty to tell states what their public policies should be on gambling.

Rose: What Asia Can Learn from Las Vegas

By David G. Schwartz on November 18, 2009 1:30 PM | Permalink

What Asia can Learn from Las Vegas, and Vice Versa


            Macau has been called the Las Vegas of Asia.  Since the casino industry in this Special Administrative Region of China has already passed Nevada's famous Strip in gaming revenue, win per table and handle per machine, perhaps it is Las Vegas that should be dubbed the Macau of the United States.

Rose: Not Your Grandmother's Bingo

By David G. Schwartz on November 18, 2009 1:26 PM | Permalink

Not Your Grandmother's Bingo


            One of the biggest fights in the often strange world of legal gaming is -- What is bingo?

            This has been fought in courts for more than a decade.  One case almost made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But then-Chief Justice Rehnquist refused to hear the appeal, because he did not want to become the butt of jokes on late-night talk shows.

Rose: Prosecutors Claim Internet Gaming Ads Violate Local Laws

By David G. Schwartz on November 18, 2009 1:25 PM | Permalink

Prosecutors Claim Internet Gaming Ads Violate Local Laws

            Here's a quote that should scare anyone involved with any form of legal gaming.

            The federal Department of Justice ("DOJ") got Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to agree to pay $31.5 million in fines to settle claims that they had promoted illegal gambling by running ads on the Internet.  The DOJ announced that the fines were "for corporate conduct the government found in violation of the Federal Wire Wager Act, federal wagering excise tax laws, and various states' statutes and municipal laws prohibiting gambling."

Nelson Rose: Can Everyone Win in Florida?

By David G. Schwartz on September 14, 2009 4:27 PM | Permalink

Gambling and the Law®:

Can Everyone Win In Florida?


            Sometimes the most important part of a legal document are the words that are not there.

            Gov. Charlie Crist, for example, just signed a new compact with the Seminole Tribe.  It expressly allows the Tribe to have slot machines and banking card games, like blackjack.    

Rose: Almost the Law

By David G. Schwartz on July 27, 2009 4:08 PM | Permalink

Almost the Law


            Law school classes are conducted using the case method.  Students are given published court opinions and then questioned on what they deduce the law is.  This produces lawyers with the mistaken belief that the first place to look when conducting legal research is reported cases.

            It is dangerous to forget that the final say on the law still usually means a bill that has been approved by a legislature and signed by the executive.

I. Nelson Rose: A Modest Proposal

By David G. Schwartz on October 10, 2008 2:41 PM | Permalink

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Gambling and the Law®:

A Modest Proposal