Gaming law

Gaming law is the set of rules and regulations that apply to the gaming or gambling industry. Gaming law is not a branch of law in the traditional sense but rather is a collection of several areas of law that include criminal law, regulatory law, constitutional law, administrative law, company law, contract law, and in some jurisdictions, competition law. At common law, gambling requires consideration, chance and prize, legal terms that must be analyzed by gaming lawyers within the context of any gaming operation.[1]

Gaming law is enormously complex. In the United States, it involves federal and state law considerations.[2][3] In Canada, it involves federal and provincial law considerations, in a variety of legal disciplines.[4]

United States

In the United States, illegal gambling is a federal crime if it is done as a business.[2] However, each of its states has its own laws regarding the regulation or prohibition of gambling.[3] States that permit such gaming usually have a gaming control board established to oversee the regulation of the industry, such as licensing of those employed in the gaming industry. States that permit casinos and similar forms of gaming often have strict zoning regulations to keep such establishments away from schools and residential areas.

Other jurisdictions

See also


  1. Rose, I. Nelson; Owens, Martin D., Jr. (2009). Internet Gaming Law (PDF) (2 ed.). Mary Ann Leibert, Inc. Publishers. pp. 11–13. ISBN 9781934854129. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. For federal law, see, e.g., "18 U.S. Code § 1955 - Prohibition of illegal gambling businesses". Legal Information Institute. Cornell Law School. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. Humphrey, Chuck. "State Gambling Laws". Gambling Law US. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  4. Hincer, Illkim (1 November 2016). "Gaming in Canada: overview". Practical Law. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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