Trends in Internet Gaming and Other Developments in the Gaming Industry


CLE Credits earned: 2 GEN

In this course, we discuss the exciting new trends in the legalized gaming industry in the US. The Supreme Court’s May 2018 decision in Murphy v. NCAA opened the door to state legalization of sports betting, which is now a rapidly expanding field. Internet gaming continues to grow in the US, and when internet gaming starts taking place on sports, the entire paradigm of gaming could shift. We’ll explore the state of the industry, as well as the legal issues that remain outstanding as the industry moves to its next phase.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Federal laws governing betting
•   The constitutional implications of the federal ban on state authorized sports wagering
•   State laws and regulations that govern internet wagering, sports betting, and other forms of gaming

Date / Time: July 27, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
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•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: July 27, 2018

Christopher L. Soriano, Esq. is a member of the Duane Morris LLP Trial Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice on gaming law and commercial litigation.

As a gaming lawyer, Mr. Soriano has represented a wide range of stakeholders in the gaming industry—casinos, private equity and hedge funds, lottery companies, gaming technology manufacturers and equipment suppliers, and individuals—in all aspects of the licensing and regulatory process. He also focuses on the legal implications of cutting edge issues such as sports betting, internet gaming, fantasy sports, and internet lottery. He has experience before numerous gaming regulatory bodies including the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and Casino Control Commission. He has conducted internal investigations of gaming companies and advised clients with respect to compliance and control enhancements. He has assisted with gaming license applications in many states and provinces in the United States and Canada. He has also represented gaming industry clients in administrative actions and in litigation. He is regularly featured in various mainstream and gaming industry publications commenting on developing issues in gaming law, frequently speaks on these subjects, and contributes to the Duane Morris LLP Gaming Law Blog.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Soriano is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a staff member and business editor of Temple Law Review. He is a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of George Washington University, having majored in political science. 

Adam Berger, Esq. is an associate at Duane Morris LLP. Mr. Berger practices in the area of gaming law, with experience in litigation and corporate law. He has extensive experience representing casinos, casino holding companies, gaming equipment manufacturers as well as financial institutions, including banks, private equity funds and hedge funds, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, debt transactions, licensing, compliance matters and regulatory investigations.

Additionally, he has represented clients in competitive licensing contests before various gaming agencies. Mr. Berger regularly advises clients on emerging developments and legislation affecting the brick-and-mortar and internet gaming industries. He currently serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Gaming Law Committee and previously served as chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Casino Law Section from 2016 to 2017.

Mr. Berger has been named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list, which represents the best of the next generation of leaders in the casino and gaming industry. He is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University.

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Section I. Sports Betting and the Supreme Court’s Decision

Section II. State Regulation of Sports Betting and the Leagues’ and Teams’ Position

Section III. Federal Laws on Wagering

Section IV. State Regulation of Internet Gaming

Section V. Emerging Categories of Gaming: Skill Based and eSports

Section VI. Fantasy Sports