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Quebec recently made changes to its publicity contests rules. The rules, which require publicity contests to adhere to stringent regulatory requirements in order to operate in Quebec, now exempt international publicity contests from some of those constraints due to the passage of Bill 82. In addition to this legislative change, another exemption from the

The Canadian Criminal Code (the “Code”) [1] sets out the parameters of legal gaming in Canada pursuant to section 91 (27) of the Constitution Act, 1867,[2] which gives the federal government jurisdiction over criminal penalties and sanctions such as those applicable to gambling. The Code prohibits gambling except where permitted by explicit statutory

The Canadian Criminal Code (the “Code”) sets forth the parameters of legal gaming in Canada. The Code generally prohibits sports-based wagering except where such wagering is conducted and managed by the provincial governments; however, section 207(4)(b) of the Code prohibits even those governments from offering wagering on the outcome of a single sporting event or

The gaming and hospitality industry has been hard hit by shutdowns resulting from COVID-19.  Many employees in these industries have suffered through layoffs and/or reductions in hours.  Employees whose livelihood is based heavily on tips have been particularly affected by the reduction in travel and the restrictions on large events.  Additionally, when these venues reopen

Two federally recognized Indian tribes are located within the borders of Connecticut:  the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe.  The Mohegan Tribe, through its economic development arm Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, operates the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, and is a developer and operator of casino resorts around

In recent months, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has published guidance concluding that Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) contests are wagering transactions for U.S. federal tax law purposes. The IRS conclusions were not surprising, based on long-standing federal tax law authorities. On July 23, 2020, the IRS issued Legal Advice

On June 10th, 2020, the Canadian Gaming Association (the “CGA”) released the draft Standards for Cashless Systems (the “Standards”) for industry comment.
Cashless wagering systems allow players to participate in wagering activities without physical cash by using approved and securely protected authentication methods. The idea is that a sophisticated digital trail of cashless transactions will allow