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Gaming and Gambling Law: Cases and Materials

Front Cover - Gaming and Gambling Law: Cases and Materials

Kevin Washburn
University of Arizona

2010. 650 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8845-5. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

This casebook focuses on the unique issues that arise in both the legal and illegal components of the fast-growing American gambling industry, addressing issues of criminal law, federalism, regulation, due process, and contracts.


  • Author Kevin Washburn is an expert in the field and has worked in the industry, and uses this experience to provide content on current, real-world issues, such as internet gambling.  He has taught the course at Harvard and the Universities of Arizona and Minnesota.
  • Presents the “canon” of gaming law.  The book focuses on the key issues, many of which are colorful, that form the foundations of American legal thought around gambling.
  • Draws connections with other areas of law.  In some senses, the book is a course in applied contracts, due process, and criminal law, among other subjects.  It draws heavily on understandings of basic principles from those courses, making it an excellent course for upper level law students to learn to apply legal concepts in a specific setting.
  • Addresses rapidly changing subject of great interest to students. Many students today are keenly following the developments in internet gambling.  Developments in this and other areas of the field are rich with topics for student papers.
  • Contrasts regulatory models. The course makes for a fascinating exercise in contrasting approaches to addressing illicit or regulated behavior.  The Nevada and New Jersey models for regulating legalized gambling vary dramatically in key respects, giving students and professors a chance to understand the connections between law and policy in a developing field.