The term “gaming law” touches many areas of practice. Among the many applications, there are poker clubs, charitable bingo, sweepstakes, essay contests, casinos, dog racing, horse racing, sports betting, raffles, Internet gaming, and lotteries. Guidelines on gaming law are chiefly at the state or tribal jurisdictional level, leading to a wide variation in permissible practices and pitfalls for each jurisdiction. Aside from the jurisdictional patchwork, a federal level of oversight covers some interstate activities such as nationwide sweepstakes, interstate Internet-based gaming operations, and Indian gaming. Federal agencies including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have particular registration requirements for some operations that may be otherwise unregulated.
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