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Is it legal for me to prototype simulated gambling software in England?

I am a programmer in England, and am potentially interested in one day working to open a licensed online casino. I have several ideas about products I would like to work on, but am a bit confused as ...
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Is it legal in USA (FL) to organise tournaments (any sport) among friends, each player putting some money, with 100% going to the winners as a prize?

Is it legal in USA to organize no-profit tournaments (any sport) among friends, with each player putting some money to play, and 100% of the total pot goes to the winner (and possibly second/third ...
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Is this obvious gambling legal?

https://www.omaze.com/products/tesla-model-y-kimbal-musk It basically is a lottery. Instead of buying lottery tickets, you "donate" and have a chance to win Tesla. Is it even legal in US? Is ...
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Is using web platform currency considered gambling? [closed]

Working on a web startup in which users receive platform currency by watching content. Later they can bid on spots in the site to post their own content, but only one out of all bidders gets the spot. ...
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Does the CFTC have authority over all forms of “prediction markets”?

I've been reading over previous cases that the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission have brought up against organizations like InTrade. From what I can tell, they were brought under scrutiny ...
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Is Rock Paper Scissors considered gambling?

Consider I run a rock paper scissors matches online, where users buy in and cash out money if they win. Would this be legal in the United States? It is somewhat similar to esports tournaments, where ...
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Does allowing bets between people require a gambling licence?

Suppose that an app allows users to make bets among themselves. Based on the outcome being bet on, the winning party will receive payment from the losing party. Is this legal? Would this require a ...
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Lottery iOS App

Would Apple allow an app where you can purchase a lottery ticket through PayPal and go into the chance to win, with the winners money going to a PayPal account? What are the legal considerations when ...
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Would an online cryptocurrency lottery run by a UK business be constrained to lottery gambling laws in the United Kingdom?

The example UK business wants to run a weekly cryptocurrency lottery, in which cryptocurrency is initially exchanged for tickets, and the prize is cryptocurrency. Participants would not purchase the ...
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Can I get sued for using a betting bot?

I have created a bot for roulette that makes a bet on a certain condition. In their terms of service, the casino — PokerStars Casino — says that any use of bots is prohibited. I understand that I ...
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US regulations regarding internet gambling

According to my sources, the SAFE Port Act makes online gambling illegal. According to this source, the act [...] had attached to it a section making it illegal for banking institutions to allow ...
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Trading card booster packs, loot boxes, the lottery, and your interpretation

I'm a prospective law student currently conducting research on the legality of loot boxes in the United States, and I find Magic the Gathering very relevant. (Reference for Loot Boxes and Booster ...
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Google Play - How can an app be gambling app if there is no real money involved?

Google play removed my app citing the claim that it's a gambling app. In my app players don't have to use real money to play and win prizes. How can it be gambling if there is no real money is ...
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What qualifies as “wagering” or “gambling” and what are ways to avoid falling under that category? [closed]

You see, as naive as it sounds, I'm looking into starting an online casino (of sorts). I have no intention of presenting real-world cashout ability, thus as I would like to believe would make it not ...
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Are skill game tournaments gambling?

We consider whether a skill-based online multiplayer game with some entry fees to a tournament and prizes for winner and sub-winners (consists of entry fees) is in US and EU law classified as a ...
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Is selling an online poker assistance software that is prohibited by poker sites legal?

I own a small tech firm and we have been approached by a team of professional online poker players. They want us to build a real time assistance software that helps them play poker. It works by ...
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Playing cards, other than for stakes, in licensed premises (UK)

You hear a great deal of rumour and out-of-date information about the legality of playing cards in pubs. If I play cribbage or dominoes with my son, who's under 18, in a pub but with no money or ...
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Slot Machine Uses Fake Money Still Illegal?

So I have a friend who wants to build a slot-machine or similar device for an event operating in Connecticut. According to them it will only be operable with a certain type of fake currency (like ...
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If I pay someone to place a sports bet that wins, have I committed money laundering?

It is my understanding if a private individual sells a chip that is money laundering. Say I pay someone $100 to place a $10000 sports bet that wins. If it wins, I cash the ticket. Have I committed ...
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Bet on behalf of someone living in a country where betting is illegal

Let's say I have a friend living in a country like Albania where sports betting is illegal. I tell him he can send me money and I will bet for him in my country (for example Italy), where betting is ...
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Would gambling money on odds of winnig a video game be legal in the United States?

I believe I read before that the US only constituted a situation as 'gambling' if there was luck based, which is to say that if there was a sufficient degree of skill involved then something was not ...
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Awarding the Top Players of a Video Game

Hopefully someone on here can help settle an ongoing debate I've been having with a colleague. We've been discussing different techniques which could be used to entice players of our games to continue ...
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What constitutes a gambling app

I am developing a game that has users playing live quizzes against each other for cash prizes. You can book to play a live quiz for a small fee. You have a chance of winning a cash prize if you ...
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How Google Play Policy applies to different Developers

I have a quiz game that was rejected from the Play Store on claims that it violates the Gambling policy because it currently allows users to win money for playing quizzes. On appealing, I asked the ...
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Would Poker (with *Zero* real-world currency involved) in an M-Rated (18+) Online game be constituted Online Gambling?

Players of Red Dead Redemption 2: Online (RDO from now on) have been requesting that Poker or other gambling activities be added to the game. These were expected to be included, as they are present ...
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Is it legal for a spouse to gamble against each other at home in the US?

Is it legal for a spouse to gamble against each other at home in the US, with no third-party involved?
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Verifying the law around hosting an online crypto casino in the US

Can a site operator, resident in the USA in a state that doesn't allow online gambling, legally run an online casino site, provided that the site Terms And Services document states: it is ...
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If I turn the real money into fake currency will it still be gambling app?

My client wants to build some sort of gambling app. I said to him Google Play does not allow gambling apps and they will get removed. I also mentioned that maybe like Facebook Poker, if you include ...
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Why do websites which “store” money not show the actual currency, but as tokens/credits etc.?

I've seen some sites which you give money to (like pokerstars, bet365) but unlike those sites, they display the money as Tokens/Credits. One such site is woduels, their currency is WD tokens. Is ...
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Can online gambling sites bias their games?

There's biases in gambling, such as the 0 on a roulette table, but that is arguably obvious to the player. Is it legal for online casinos to knowingly or unknowingly bias their games at a software ...
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Making games with multi-level marketing in game

I have a plan to create an online game with multi-level marketing. Is it legal to create a game which costs money to buy, and then reward them with more money than they used to buy the game if three ...
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Can tribal nations initiate gambling between states or are they subject to the same rules as everyone else?

As I understand it, gambling in the U.S. is only illegal if it takes place between states. However, the large, Native American owned casinos permitted by states through due to the 1987 ruling of ...
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How are MMOs with real money economies allowed to operate?

A lot of Massively Multiplayer Online games include a form of "premium" in-game economy that may be purchased with real money (cash) by the player, usually for the purposes of faster progression in ...
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Could United's upgrade policy be legally interpreted as gambling?

United provides Global Premier Upgrades (GPU) to frequent fliers that can be used to upgrade one leg of a flight by one class, e.g., economy to business. However, for international flights, the ...
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Using trademarked names as a reference in a commercial context

Is it possible to use a trademarked name as some sort of a reference for public available data (even when used in a commercial context)? Non-Commercial example: Let's say we have an app that displays ...
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Non real currency gambling website

Say i make a website, a website where you can deposit "virtual" currency, as in credits from an RPG or any other game that allows ingame trading with other players. after a deposit, players are ...
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Exploiting online video games illegal, a tort, or allowable under the law?

Recently a news story came out about "Manfred", a hacker who makes a living exploiting bugs in online video games to make in-game currency (or items) which he then sells to other gamers. Here is a ...
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How is “use” of software typically meant in EULAs?

You may not do any of the following with respect to the Licensed Materials or any of its parts: (a) use it commercially or for a promotional purpose; (b) use it on more than one device at a time; (c) ...
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Why do “loot-crate” mechanics in video games not fall under gambling laws?

Many games nowadays have loot crate mechanics in place, that let the players test their luck. Typically the player is given the crate for free and can only open it by purchasing a "key". In some games ...
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If I own an online gambling site but I make no money, is that legal?

Let's say I create an online gambling site, where 2 players deposit money in an escrow account and they play. The winner keeps all the money, and the site keeps nothing (no fee for playing). Is this ...
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Which country's laws apply to a gambling website?

I´m thinking of starting a Gambling site based on Steam Skins currency. This would transfer to virtual currency and the skins deposited to private profiles. The problem here is that I wonder if I´m ...
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The legal distinction between gambling and insurance [USA]

28 US Code §5362(1)(A) defines a bet or wager to be: the staking or risking by any person of something of value upon the outcome of a contest of others, a sporting event, or a game subject to ...
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Do I require a UK casino operating licence to run a promotional tournament on my website?

I have for several years operated a website on which enthusiasts can play a niche boardgame against one another. The boardgame in question has recently been the subject of a Kickstarter campaign for a ...
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Sham contest- does this work in practice?

Acme Co is putting together a big promotional mashup for something that's internal to the company, but they need images from outside that help illustrate the theme. So they hold a photography contest ...
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At what point would a piece of educational software become classed as gambling software?

I am a Maths teacher and have had a thought about writing a web-based piece of software to simulate a horse race and the students could compete with one another by 'betting' on these horses. The ...
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Can casinos take player losses while avoiding payouts of winning by claiming “malfunction?”

It's very rare for players to hit the jackpot on a slot machine. Can a casino make sure they never have to pay that out by having the machines "malfunction" to display a larger-than-maximum amount in ...
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A contract has a penalty depending on choices made by unrelated 3rd party

Suppose a contract is signed by two parties, Party A and Party B. Suppose that the contract stipulates a severe financial penalty to be paid by Party A depending on whether or not an unrelated party, ...
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How well can one know the rules in gambling before it's legally fraud?

A Wired article from earlier this year describes how a regulatory change in Russia (suddenly prohibiting most gambling) flooded the market there with old slot machines. Some technically skilled ...
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Is it legal for an individual to raffle a car in Pennsylvania?

I am currently trying to sell my car. However, it is very rare and relatively expensive, and finding a buyer is a slow process. However, everywhere I go I get compliments and people say they would ...