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John Holden

John Holden

John Holden is a writer at Bonus, focused on legal and regulatory issues in the gambling industry. He is a full-time academic but has been writing for a number of gaming publications since 2018. He is the author of more than 50 academic publications and hundreds of mainstream articles on the regulation of the gaming industry.

Latest articles

New Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Skillz SPAC

November 7, 2022 | By: John Holden

Last week, lawyers representing Darcy Lien and other Skillz investors filed a lawsuit against Eagle Equity Partners II, LLC. The suit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, also names several individuals involved with the company as defendants. These include the former CEO of MGM Studios and the former president of CBS Entertainment. The litigation involves the path Skillz […]

Reports Suggest CFTC Likely to Deny Prediction Contracts on Political Outcomes

November 2, 2022 | By: John Holden

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has not yet officially ruled on whether it will allow Kalshi to offer political contracts. However, there are multiple reports circulating that the agency’s staff has recommended against it. Kalshi is what’s known colloquially as a predictions market, meaning users trade shares whose value is tied to real-world events. Staffers have […]

Response to Shoalwater Bay Tribe’s Motion to Dismiss the Maverick Gaming Case

October 26, 2022 | By: John Holden

On Monday, Oct 24, 2022, numerous parties filed briefs in preparation for oral arguments in Maverick Gaming’s lawsuit. The defendants in the suit are the Department of the Interior, plus several Washington State officials, including Governor Jay Inslee. At issue is whether Washington can grant exclusive rights to sports betting to tribes in the State. Maverick cannot […]

Complaint Filed By Parx Casino Alleges Competitor Engaged In Unfair Competition

October 17, 2022 | By: John Holden

The casino space is highly competitive. Gambling operators compete not only against their regulated compatriots but also against a mix of offshore black market and domestic gray market competitors. Earlier this month, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment – which owns Parx Casino and BetParx – filed suit against Pace O-Matic (POM) and Miele Manufacturing. It alleges that the defendants […]

Nickle and Dimed: Lawsuits Allege US Retail Casino Gamblers Shortchanged

September 30, 2022 | By: John Holden

Claiming they were deprived of exact change from their slots cashouts, a class of US retail casino patrons filed at least two lawsuits recently. They allege they were shortchanged by the cash-out systems on electronic gaming systems. On Sept. 21, plaintiff Leane Scherer filed the first lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi against Las […]

PredictIt Fires Back At CFTC With A Lawsuit Challenging Shutdown

September 15, 2022 | By: John Holden

In August, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reversed the decision that has allowed the election prediction market site PredictIt to operate. Now, a lawsuit is underway to keep the site up and running. The CFTC sent a letter to the site operators, indicating that the agency was revoking its No-Action letter. That earlier letter […]

Opinion: Maverick Gaming May Be Opening Pandora’s Box

August 18, 2022 | By: John Holden

Maverick Gaming is still waiting for the court’s response after it filed for summary judgment in its litigation with the Department of the Interior and various Washington State officials. The impact of that decision could prove historic. The case revolves around new compacts between the state and more than a dozen tribes within its borders. These […]

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