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What law requires Canadian and South African citizens to do a mathematical skill test when winning promotional gifts?

In the terms and conditions of a keysight promotion to win an oscilloscope, I stumbled over the following sentence: In accordance with local laws, if the selected entrant is a Canadian or South ...
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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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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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How does modern Wall St. work in NYS gambling laws?

The New York State Constitution §9, mostly reprinted below, tightly restricts gambling. The definition, as written by the legislature, is also reprinted below. DraftKings and FanDuel ask players to ...
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Poker considered as gambling?

I heard a lot of people say that Poker is a game of skill, not a game of luck. And often, you see the same winners in the finals of poker tournaments. Does that mean online poker sites do NOT require ...
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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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Why is pachinko exempt from Japan's gambling laws?

Wikipedia states that [Pachinko] is officially not considered gambling because Japanese laws regard pachinko as an exception to the criminal code on gambling for historical, monetary, and cultural ...
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Is CS:GO Jackpot legal?

I recently stumbled upon a website where people gamble for Counter Strike: Global Offensive skins called CS:GO Jackpot. And to my surprise, it is extremely popular. Is it legal for those running CS:...
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Is online gambling for points legal when those points can be used to purchase merchandise?

Say I bet on something, but the prize for winning is points instead of cash that you were freely given daily. You can also buy more points if you want to play more, but it is not required. However, ...
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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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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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Do card/miniature packs (Pokemon, Magic, etc.) or similar fall under gambling laws?

I'm in the process of creating a game that I want to run on Kickstarter and hopefully sell after from a website and eventually in store (long term goals). The purchasers will receive a pack of ...
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Is online gambling illegal in the United States? [closed]

In the case of United States v. Scheinberg, against the founders of the three largest online poker companies, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Cereus (Absolute Poker/Ultimatebet), and a handful 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could Trump bet on winning the presidential election?

This question came up during a discussion with some friends after I placed a bet on a certain candidate (let's call him T) winning an upcoming presidential election in a Western country, call it USA. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does NY State have a cap of seven casinos?

According to Ars Technica's quote of the NY Constitution, it states in part: [E]xcept as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling, book-making, or any other ...
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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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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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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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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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“No Purchase required” contests and promotions

My question is about promotional contests/sweepstakes in the United States. Like many, I have received e-mails and hear advertisements directing me to buy something at a store with the promise that I ...
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Fantasy Gambling Rules

Why is something like ESPN's Streak for the Cash not considered gambling under law? streak.espn.go.com/en. It is clear this is a game of chance due to ESPN purposely picking games that statistically ...
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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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Virtual Currency and Minigames

My company run a popular monthly photo competition, we allow users to vote on the photos, with the top photo receiving a cash prize. We run the competition globally (essentially, all traffic is US, GB,...
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Is it legal to create / run a CS:GO jackpot site in europe?

Can there be any circumstances to doing so?
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What are the Legalities of Game Shows?

Are game shows legal by nature or is there a catch that allows them to be legal? Are they considered a sweepstakes? How is one able to give away prizes without it being "gambling?" Do the game show ...
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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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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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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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Whom should I contact if I want to create a legal gambling business with an offshore company?

I'm interested in creating a legal gambling business. What kind of lawyer should I contact in order to make everything legal?
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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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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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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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Gambling law in VA, raffles, lotteries and door prizes

I wish to run an event within the state of Virginia. The event requires that participants bring the equipment necessary to compete and pay an entry fee. Each participant is given a number for both ...
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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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Do you need a gambling licence to create a website where you stake virtual items?

In the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive you have virtual items (skins) which have a community market value in most cases, in other cases it has a perceived value outside the market (if the item ...
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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 ...