Panel Title

Session 3-4-C: Young People’s Online and Social Media Gambling

Location

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

9-6-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

9-6-2016 5:30 PM

Abstract

Social games—and social casino games— have exploded in popularity. As of 2012, 800 million people, or 12 percent of the world’s population, were playing social games at least once per month. That number is expected to double to 1.5 billion by the end of 2015.To put that number in perspective, as of 2012, only 50 million people are believed to have participated on real-money online gambling sites. Yet, the legal issues surrounding social casino gaming remain largely unexplored. Only now has litigation tentatively started to explore the outer limits of permissible social gaming. I propose to define "social" and "social casino" gaming, discuss how social casino is treated in other jurisdictions, explore recent litigation in the US and evaluate various options as a matter of public policy moving forward.

Keywords

social gaming; social casino gaming; online gambling

Disciplines

Gaming Law | Internet Law | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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Social Casino Gaming: Legal (R)Evolution

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Social games—and social casino games— have exploded in popularity. As of 2012, 800 million people, or 12 percent of the world’s population, were playing social games at least once per month. That number is expected to double to 1.5 billion by the end of 2015.To put that number in perspective, as of 2012, only 50 million people are believed to have participated on real-money online gambling sites. Yet, the legal issues surrounding social casino gaming remain largely unexplored. Only now has litigation tentatively started to explore the outer limits of permissible social gaming. I propose to define "social" and "social casino" gaming, discuss how social casino is treated in other jurisdictions, explore recent litigation in the US and evaluate various options as a matter of public policy moving forward.