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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 Ninth Circuit Ruling Could Have Impact On Washington Compact Litigation

August 23, 2022 | By: John Holden

A new, split decision opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has the potential to impact the battle over tribal compacts playing out in Washington. The Ninth Circuit decided by 2-1 vote to grant summary judgment to the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Mewukl Indians. They and other tribes had brought suit against California and […]

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 […]

Maverick Gaming Files For Summary Judgment In Washington State Compact Litigation

August 16, 2022 | By: John Holden

On August 12, 2022, Maverick Gaming filed a motion for summary judgment in its litigation against the federal government. The dispute regards new gaming compacts in Washington State. In its corner, Maverick has former Solicitor General Ted Olson, an important figure in gambling law. Olson defeated the sports leagues in their unconstitutional quest to keep […]

Canada’s Long and Winding Path to Privatized Online Gambling

August 9, 2022 | By: John Holden

As part of a recent academic article, I dug into the path that sports betting took to legalization across Canada. Online casino gaming has emerged on a track that’s largely parallel to online sports betting. For much of Canada’s history, gambling policy emerged rather uniformly, and gambling remotely with computers was the stuff of science […]

Supreme Court’s Castro-Huerta Ruling Limits Earlier McGirt Decision

July 4, 2022 | By: John Holden

On the second-to-last day of its term, the Supreme Court released a decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta.  This case has likely flown under the radar for many, especially compared to other recent high-profile and controversial decisions. However, the Castro-Huerta decision is incredibly significant for Native Americans. It also has ramifications for the future possibility of online […]

Federal Lawmakers Ask DOJ to Target Unregulated Offshore Sportsbooks

June 30, 2022 | By: John Holden

On June 29, 2022, a group of congressional representatives, seemingly led by Nevada congresswoman Dina Titus wrote to US Attorney General Merrick Garland. They jointly requested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “make a concerted effort to fight illegal offshore sportsbooks.” This is hardly the first request made to the DoJ requesting federal assistance in […]

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