Michael Shagan Article Archive

Michael Shagan has contributed nine articles published on the iGaming News site.
Nevada Legalizes Worldwide Account Wagering with the Possibility of Rebating (1 July 2003)
Gaming attorney Michael Shagan takes a closer look at Nevada's new account wagering law.
The Future of International Interactive Wagering: One Developing Scenario (4 December 2002)
This article is based upon a presentation given in September 2002 at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, as part of a panel on pari-mutuel wagering titled "The Next Threshold: Telephone and Internet Wagering." I was asked to provide a "snapshot" of some of the highlights, concerning interactive wagering, with regard to what has been going on outside the United States in a constantly changing landscape, and I took the opportunity to relate these international activities to the counterpart developments on this side of the pond.
Presentation on Internet Gambling (16 July 1999)
Michael D. Shagan delivers testimony on Internet gambling before thePublic Sector Gaming Study Commission in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 18.
Problems and Opportunities for Interactive Pari-Mutuel Wagering (11 November 1998)
Some ten years ago, about three-quarters of all pari-mutuel wagers on horse racing were made at the racetrack where the race was actually taking place. But according to 1996 figures, less than 30% of the betting takes place this way. The remaining wagers are bet through some form of off-course wagering. The future of this industry is dependent on its ability to apply state-of-the-art technologies to its racing and wagering products.
Gambling's Critics Have a Tough Election Day in Their Bids for Higher Office (4 November 1998)
Those interested in the future of legalized gambling have understandably concentrated their attention on a number of visible gambling measures, including Proposition 5 in California (expanded gaming on Indian reservations), "Boat in the Moat" approval in Missouri (permitting many Missouri riverboats to continue to function without further legal challenge), and pari-mutuel racing legislation in New Jersey (allowing the New Jersey legislature to act on racing measures without need for a state-wide referendum.) All of these measures passed.
The Search for an International Model for Internet Gambling (22 July 1998)
As noted previously, both Australia and the United States are confronting much the same issues and dilemmas in their attempt to frame public policy towards Internet or other home gambling. However, as previously noted, my view is that Australia approaches the topic from the perspective of "legalized gambling" as part of its cultural mainstream, indigenous gambling businesses that need to be supported, and a significant source of government revenue. The United States, on the other hand, tends to approach legalized gambling as a "tainted" activity, one that - at least prior to the current generation - was tolerated at best; and is viewed as an unholy activity by an active minority in the population.
An American's Response to Australian Glenn Barry's Recent Comment on the Queensland Statute (3 July 1998)
Congratulations to Glenn Barry (IGN's Mr. Nambling) for commenting on what I agree are certain realities in the new Queensland "Interactive Gambling (Player Protection) Act 1998". The new law is not a deregulation, no-holds-barred statute. It is not a decriminalization, anything-goes statute. It is what its title says that it is: one Australian State's attempt to protect its citizens and to confront the realities of Internet gambling.
Australia's Current Efforts to Legalize and Control Internet Gambling (18 May 1998)
This is the second in a series of articles by Michael D. Shagan, attorney/consultant for issues of racing, wagering and other gambling concerns. The Australian approach, more fully reviewed in this article, is that a policy of prohibition would prove ineffective and would deny policymakers both the opportunity to frame important rules and regulations to govern Internet gambling, and the opportunity to raise revenues both for government and for locally licensed gambling service providers.
Separate Approaches to Internet Gambling in Australia and the United States (29 April 1998)
This is the first of a three part series written by Michael Shagan, a consultant to the parimutuel industry.