Gateway To Gaming – Article: Five leading cases on gambling and gaming in the USA

Like India, the law regulating gaming and gambling in the USA is often subject to legal scrutiny. Here, we write about few cases that have helped evolution of gaming and gambling laws in the USA:

  1. New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association v. NCAA (2014) – This case concerned the legality of sports betting in New Jersey, and the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional and violated the anti-commandeering doctrine. The question in this case was whether the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports gambling, violated the anti-commandeering doctrine. The doctrine dictates that Congress cannot commandeer state governments to enforce federal law. Striking down this law, led to various state governments enacting laws to regulate gambling and generate revenues.
  2. California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians: In the 1980s, a number of Indian tribes developed high-stakes bingo and other gaming operations to raise non-federal revenue to fund their governments. In 1988, after the Supreme Court held, in , that federal and tribal interests in Indian gaming preempted state law such that state regulation of gaming did not apply to tribal gaming operations on tribal land,  Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). IGRA provides a statutory basis for Indian tribes to conduct gaming on “Indian lands” and establishes a regime for regulating Indian gaming.
  3. United States v. Johnson (1998) – This case dealt with the Wire Act, a federal law that prohibits the use of wire communication for sports betting, and whether the law applies to all forms of gambling or just sports betting. The Supreme Court ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting
  4. United States v. DiCristina (2012) – This case dealt with the legality of hosting a private poker game for profit, and whether it constituted illegal gambling under federal law. The court ruled that hosting a private poker game for profit did constitute illegal gambling under federal law
  5. DraftKings v. New York State Gaming Commission (2021) – This case dealt with the legality of daily fantasy sports in New York and whether it constituted illegal gambling under state law. The court ruled in favor of DraftKings, finding that daily fantasy sports did not constitute illegal gambling under state law.

The above list is in no particular order and doesn’t necessarily detail all landmark cases on the subject matter.

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