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How Important Would Sports Betting Be to the State of Mississippi?

Enacted in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PASPA”) effectively prohibits sports betting in the U.S. at both a federal and state level other than for a few exceptions that benefit four states (Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana). In recent years, some state governments and professional sports leagues have completely altered or at … Continue Reading

Jones Walker Gaming Attorneys Publish Inaugural Chambers Practice Guide

Jones Walker LLP gaming law partners Marc W. Dunbar, J. Kelly Duncan, Nicole M. Duarte, Kirkland E. Reid, and Thomas B. Shepherd III, together with associate Christopher K. Ulfers, recently authored several chapters in the inaugural Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guide for “Gaming, Gambling & Licensing 2018.” The guide provides legal insight and commentary … Continue Reading

Mississippi House Speaker Appoints New Gaming Committee Chair

Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Philip Gunn appointed Casey Eure (R-District 116, Harrison County) as Chair of the House Gaming Committee. The vacancy in the Chair position occurred when Richard Bennett, previous Chair of the House Gaming Committee, was appointed by the Speaker as Chair of the House Education Committee, filling a vacancy … Continue Reading

Top Ten Mississippi Gaming Stories of 2017

It is that time of the year when we take a look back and review the top stories of 2017 concerning the Mississippi gaming industry. Want to Take Any Bets? With the United States Supreme Court considering New Jersey’s appeal regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the Mississippi Gaming Commission considers preparations for … Continue Reading

What will Santa bring for 2018 in Mississippi gaming?

While a lot has happened with regard to the gaming industry in Mississippi in 2017, many questions arise with respect to 2018. Is this the year for the lottery? Lottery proponents for many years have introduced bills for a lottery in Mississippi, only to have such bills die in legislative committees. However, in 2016, the … Continue Reading

Mississippi Gaming Commission Considers Easing Restrictions on Institutional Investors

At the October 19, 2017, meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the Commission approved for publication, for receipt of public comment, a proposal to amend the Commission’s regulations on institutional investors. Institutional investors under the Mississippi gaming regulations and those of other jurisdictions are certain defined banks, insurance companies, registered investment companies, registered investment advisors, … Continue Reading

Will Sports Betting Become Legal in Mississippi?

While the appeal of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision against New Jersey’s challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Act of 1992 (“PASPA”) winds its way through the U.S. Supreme Court, Mississippi has taken some important steps on the road to legal sports wagering in the state. In the 2017 Mississippi Legislative … Continue Reading

It’s All in the Numbers: Chances of a Lottery in Mississippi?

For many years, the State of Mississippi had a constitutional prohibition on lotteries. Sec. 98 of the Mississippi Constitution (adopted in 1890) stated as follows: No lottery shall ever be allowed, or be advertised by newspapers, or otherwise, or its tickets be sold in this State; and the legislature shall provide by law for the … Continue Reading

Back to the Future: Gaming “Site Wars” Return to Mississippi

In the mid 1990s, the Mississippi Gaming Commission served as the battleground for numerous fights regarding the legality of gaming sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many of those contests resulted in a series of cases that the Mississippi Supreme Court decided. In a set of disputes that are reminiscent of those days gone by, the Mississippi … Continue Reading

Duncan and Dunbar Present at the International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass in London

 J. Kelly Duncan, chair of the firm’s Gaming Practice Group, and Marc W. Dunbar, partner in the firm’s Gaming Practice Group in Florida, were both speakers during the International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass held on February 8, 2017, in London, England, at the 2017 ICE Expo. Mr. Duncan moderated the discussion on “Effects of … Continue Reading

Casino Gaming in Georgia? Don’t Bet On It Just Yet

Casino gaming is, at present, not permitted in the State of Georgia. Indeed, some commentators have gone as far as to categorize Georgia as one of the three least gambling-friendly states in the nation. Yet, others believe that Georgia’s casino-gaming prohibition may soon come to an end. In fact, some legislators and commentators are of … Continue Reading

Top 12 Mississippi Gaming Stories Of 2016

Gaming partner Tommy Shepherd was published in Law360 for his article, “Top 12 Mississippi Gaming Stories of 2016,” on December 23, 2016. The article is a retrospect on the gaming industry in Mississippi during the past year. Please click here to read the article or below to read the list. … Continue Reading

The times are a changin’ – Louisiana creates the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force

This summer, a concurrent resolution that creates a Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force (“Task Force”) was adopted during the regular session of the Louisiana State Legislature. The Task Force, to be chaired by Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, is charged with (1) studying current law and existing rules and … Continue Reading
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