Questions tagged [gambling]

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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