Gaming law

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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.

Gaming law is enormously complex. In the United States, it involves federal and state law considerations and in Canada, it involves federal and provincial law considerations, in a variety of legal disciplines. For example, all gambling requires consideration, chance and prize, legal terms that must be analyzed by gaming lawyers.[1] In the United States, illegal gambling is a federal crime if done as a business.[2][3] However, each of its states has its own laws regarding the regulation or prohibition of gambling.[4] States that permit such gaming usually have a commission 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.

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  1. ^ "Home - Gambling And The Law". 
  2. ^ 18 U.S.C. § 1955
  3. ^ "Legal Definition of 'Illegal Gambling Business'". 
  4. ^ "State Gambling Laws". 

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