Gaming Counsel

Non-Binding Legal Correspondent

Stuart Hoegner is Managing Director of Gaming Counsel, PC. An expert in international gaming law, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation, his day job entails advising owners of internet poker brands, professional poker players, and operators of online skill games, casinos, auction sites, bookmakers, and media operations.

A member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, Stu began writing for Pokerati and otherwise being free and easy with opinions in 2010. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, reading books about history and grammar, and shooting craps.

Posts by Gaming Counsel:

  • Jeff Ifrah seeks to have his day in federal court

    23 May 2013

    Gaming attorney Jeff Ifrah and his law firm have removed the Nevada state civil case against them filed by Chad Elie to the US District Court for the District of Nevada. “Removal” refers to the transfer of a case from a state court to a federal court that includes the place where the state action […]

  • Canada becomes bitcoin-friendly

    23 May 2013

    A news report from The Register this past Monday suggested that Canadian anti-money laundering and financial crimes regulations and disclosures will not apply to bitcoin exchanges in Canada. This was based on letters apparently received by some exchanges from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FinTRAC). I have not seen the letters, but today […]

  • Update on Elie v. Ifrah lawsuit

    15 May 2013

    The attorney for Chad Elie filed an amended complaint against Jeff Ifrah, Ifrah PLLC, and others yesterday in the District Court of Clark County, Nevada. Recall that the original complaint had some very serious allegations made as against Ifrah (none of which have been proved in court). The amended complaint has the same basic claims for relief, but […]

  • Mt Gox, can you spare a Dwolla?

    15 May 2013

    Yesterday, it emerged that Dwolla, a US payment network, has stopped accepting transfers to and from Mt. Gox, the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, because of a seizure warrant issued by the US Department of Homeland Security. Here’s Chris Coyne‘s tweet with a copy of the message he received from Dwolla. Today, I received a copy of […]

  • Ontario Goes Online

    14 Apr 2013

    The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced this past Friday that it has selected a vendor to be its online gaming services provider through PlayOLG.ca. Spielo G2 won the contract. The first phase of the online rollout for PlayOLG will include lottery (e.g., Lotto 6/49) and unspecified gaming offerings. Subsequent rollout phases are to include […]

  • Black Friday Fallout Continues

    12 Apr 2013

    Courtesy of Nathan Vardi, today comes news that Chad Elie, a Black Friday defendant now serving federal time, has sued Washington D.C. lawyer Jeff Ifrah and his law firm, Ifrah PLLC, whom Elie alleges were retained to represent him. The complaint was filed yesterday in the District Court in Clark County, Nevada; a copy of the complaint […]

  • Billing in bitcoins

    28 Mar 2013

    One of the many things I love about having a specialized, small law practice is my autonomy and flexibility. If I want to implement a business idea for Gaming Counsel, I can research it, think about it, and then do it. Provided that I comport with the law and the strictures of my regulators (e.g., the Law Society of Upper […]

  • Canadian Senate Betting Update

    16 Feb 2013

    Earlier this week, I wrote a post about the Bill C-290 winding its way through the Canadian Senate. This is the proposed amendment to the Criminal Code that would allow, among other things, single event sports betting. Fears were expressed in some quarters about the measure falling off the Senate’s order paper (the Senate’s agenda […]

  • Senate Betting Redux

    11 Feb 2013

    Bill C-290 (eliminating the Canadian Criminal Code prohibition against single-event sports betting) is still before the Canadian Senate. My last update on C-290 on Pokerati was here. I also mentioned single-event sports betting in my predictions for Canadian gaming and betting in 2013 at Casino Enterprise Management. The Senate is at the final stage of debating […]

  • The Mounties Always Get Their … Website?

    09 Feb 2013

    Last Sunday evening, police in York Region, north of Toronto, raided a Super Bowl party in Markham, Ontario. But not just any party: a 2,300 person, invite-only party that authorities allege was a common gaming house hosted and run by a criminal organization. Six people were arrested and charged with bookmaking, participating in a criminal organization, keeping […]