HT06 An Introduction to Gaming Law (2020CLC)

September 14, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Section

About the Program

Connecticut and Massachusetts have both seen a significant expansion in casino gaming with the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield in 2018, and with the planned joint venture of Connecticut's Native American tribes to create a competing casino in Bridgeport and/or East Windsor. In light of these developments, Connecticut attorneys will need to be versed in the unique aspects of the law as it applies to the gaming industry. This program will examine the particular features of casino gaming law, detailing the broad architecture of regulation and licensing that overlays the industry. The program will then discuss the role of Native American tribes in casino gaming, particularly the framework of tribal-state relations mandated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Finally, the program will discuss the law and policy sea change in the states, particularly the northeastern states, as to using gaming and sports betting as a vehicle for economic development after the US Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA which effectively legalized sports betting nationwide. The prospects for legislation in Connecticut to authorize sports betting will receive particular attention.

You Will Learn

  • An introduction to the law as it applies to the gaming industry
  • About how anti-money laundering statutes, corporate finance laws, etc. apply to the industry
  • About the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the mechanics of tribal versus state jurisdiction and how that relates to revenue sharing and economic development for both states and tribes
  • How states are amending laws relating to casino gaming and sports betting to facilitate economic development and growth of the tax base

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)


Christine Conley Rep. Christine M. Conley
Connecticut House of Representatives District 40; Embry Neusner Arscott & Shafner LLC, Groton

James Harrington James M. Harrington
Polito & Harrington, Waterford

Steven_McSloy Steven Paul McSloy
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, New York, NY


Dan Cooper Daniel R. Cooper
Cooper & Kurz, Stamford