What are the top 10 most influential gambling-related court decisions?

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1. Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (2018): This decision struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), allowing states to legalize sports betting.

2. United States v. Scheinberg (2011): This case resulted in the shutdown of major online poker operators in the United States, including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

3. California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (1987): The Supreme Court ruled that tribal governments have the right to operate casinos on Native American reservations, paving the way for the expansion of tribal gaming across the country.

4. MGM Resorts International v. Reid (2016): This case involved the legal battle over online poker legislation in Nevada, ultimately leading to the legalization and regulation of online poker in the state.

5. United States v. DiCristina (2012): The Court ruled that poker is a game of skill, not chance, and therefore not illegal under federal law, providing a significant precedent for the legality of poker.

6. United States v. Cohen (1951): This landmark decision by the Supreme Court clarified that the federal government could not use the mail or other means of interstate commerce to interfere with state laws regarding gambling.

7. Ivey v. Genting Casinos (2017): The Court ruled that professional poker player Phil Ivey’s technique of edge-sorting, which allowed him to gain an advantage in baccarat, constituted cheating and overturned his winnings.

8. In re PokerStars (2012): This case involved the criminal charges against the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

9. United States v. Thompson (2008): This ruling clarified that fantasy sports contests were considered games of skill rather than illegal gambling, laying the groundwork for the massive growth of the fantasy sports industry.

10. In re MasterCard International, Inc. (2002): The Court ruled that credit card companies, such as MasterCard, were not liable for processing illegal online gambling transactions under the UIGEA.

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