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Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.  With players betting thousands or even tens of thousands a night, legal experts believe it's time to review the section of the 2006 federal law that was written specifically to protect fantasy sports from being banned the way online poker was.  The games are pretty much unregulated, and they are exploding. They allow anyone over 18 to gamble on sports outcomes online, while traditional sports gambling is available online only in Nevada and, in some forms, in Delaware. The laws in the states take precedence over the federal law and they vary, most of them basing the legality of a game on how much of it is predicated on skill vs. chance. Last year, a federal court in Illinois dismissed a lawsuit alleging day games were games of chance.

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In offering online gaming through Santa Ysabel Interactive, the Tribe is exerting its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe’s reservation.  Class II gaming, as defined by IGRA, includes poker and bingo, but does not include slot-based games or house-banked games, such as blackjack.  House-banked games and slot machines are defined as Class III games, and can only be offered in a tribal casino upon agreement with the state through a Tribal-State Gaming Compact.  Santa Ysabel has had such a compact with the state since 2005, but has no plans to offer Class III gaming through its interactive website.

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Malta has requested an opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding the compatibility of the recently adopted Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions as it relates to European law, and in particular, the definition of "illegal sports betting".  The Council of Europe calls on governments to adopt measures to prevent conflicts of interest in sports betting; to encourage sports betting regulatory authorities to fight against fraud including, if necessary, by limiting the supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets; and to fight against illegal sports betting by restricting access and blocking financial flows to and from customers.  Malta, which was one of the European nations involved in the drafting process, ultimately voted against the convention, stating that while it agrees with the principle aim of combating manipulation and fraud in sports, it believes that the betting provisions contained in the convention go beyond its scope and objectives.





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