Sports betting

An emerging opportunity in the gaming industry is the expansion of sports betting outside Nevada, which was made possible due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Our attorneys are well versed on this enormous opportunity and its legal ramifications, including an understanding of how the industry has been regulated in Nevada and start-up operations in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia. We are leading clients into new jurisdictions and advising on all operational and regulatory aspects of sports-betting expansion for both established and new industry participants.

Capitalizing on our gaming industry and government relations experience, we are also continually tracking the changing regulatory landscape and legislative actions related to sports betting, so our clients stay informed in a timely manner.

Responsive and collaborative

We understand the unique traits of the gaming industry, with its 24-hour, seven-day-a-week schedule—and we are highly responsive anytime our clients need answers. We pride ourselves on being available to our clients at all times. Further, our firm’s business model and our philosophical approach value teamwork, which gives us the ability to leverage our colleagues experience across practice areas and jurisdictions. We regularly tap the knowledge of colleagues who are subject matter experts from other practice areas to help our gaming clients accomplish their business goals quickly and cost effectively.

Butler Snow is also known for our openness to alternative fee arrangements, when such arrangements make sense for our clients. Because we have extensive experience in the gaming industry and with alternative-fee arrangements, we can provide detailed and accurate set fees for various services, enabling clients to better predict their legal spend.

Deep industry involvement

Our attorneys regularly work with gaming regulatory agencies at the state, local and federal levels on behalf of our clients—and we have a well-developed, extensive network of contacts. Through this network across jurisdictions, we help our clients navigate widely varied regulatory requirements to maximize opportunities and minimize distractions. Our gaming attorneys have invested years in establishing relationships and reputations with regulators across the United States. We value those relationships and work hard to maintain them.

Our attorneys also regularly monitor regulatory and legislative changes to benefit our clients in all areas of gaming law. We are active participants within the industry and widely regarded as thought leaders, speaking at industry conferences and expositions and writing for industry publications.

Lastly, our attorneys are leaders in many industry-wide associations, trade groups and specialized bar associations. This involvement allows our attorneys to be on the cutting edge of developments throughout the industry.


  • Counsel to various gaming entities, operators, manufacturers, and real property holders in obtaining and maintaining gaming licenses and permits in Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and other jurisdictions, including successful representation of clients with licensing and regulatory matters before boards and commissions, as well as Tribal gaming agencies.
  • Experience representing sports book operators and related industry vendors in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, and Tennessee. In addition, we provide federal law counsel to our sports book operator and vendor clients as they expand to multiple jurisdictions.
  • Counsel to Rubico Gaming, LLC in obtaining all gaming and other federal, state, and local approvals related to acquisition of racing and gaming facilities in Louisiana.
  • Counsel to Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. in obtaining all Mississippi and Louisiana gaming and other state law approvals related to Caesars’ and its Mississippi and Louisiana properties emergence from bankruptcy
  • Counsel to MGM Resorts International in obtaining all Mississippi gaming and other state law approvals related to MGM’s transfer of a majority of its real estate related assets to MGM Growth Properties LLC, a publicly traded real estate investment trust.
  • Experience with clients in gaming bankruptcy settings, including Herbst Gaming, Station Casinos, Fitzgeralds Gaming Corporation, the Aladdin Hotel & Casino, and the Resort at Summerlin proceedings, among others.
  • Provided representation to a variety of gaming interests on matters including mergers and acquisitions, suitability investigations, financings, operational and compliance counsel, sale lease back transactions and general gaming law advice.
  • Successfully litigated numerous premises liability matters, patron disputes, labor and employment issues, tax controversies and intellectual property matters for gaming industry clients.