You Bet! 

You Bet! is a blog exploring the legal changes and developments in the sports wagering industry developed by principal attorney, Ian Thomas.

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Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas is a competitive, yet affable attorney in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Offit Kurman. Being a client of Ian’s means being supported by the hardest working person in the room. He works diligently to find creative solutions to his clients’ legal issues that are cost-effective and result oriented.

Ian frequently litigates matters concerning real estate, business disputes, and employee mobility/trade secrets.  Ian also has extensive experience defending businesses from government enforcement actions and from consumer protection claims.  In doing so, Ian has gained extensive trial experience and has fully briefed and argued appeals in several state courts and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Tracy Buck

Tracy Buck holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  While in law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Law School’s Journal of Business and Technology Law as well as Vice President of the Business Law Society.  She practices real estate law, with a focus on foreclosure and litigation in the District of Columbia, where she has been litigating judicial foreclosures since the commencement of the judicial process in the District of Columbia.  Tracy is admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

You Bet!: Maryland Goes Live!

By Offit Kurman | November 12, 2020

On November 3, 2020, while the country was focused on the presidential election, Maryland approved a referendum, known as Ballot…

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YouBet! DC Class B License Myths – Difference Between an Operator’s License and a Substantial Change

By Offit Kurman | October 29, 2020

In May 2019, the District of Columbia formally legalized sports wagering in the District of Columbia.  Since that time, there…

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You Bet!: Important Things for DC Sportsbooks to Consider Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | October 22, 2020

In December 2019, the District of Columbia Lottery began to accept applications for sports gambling licenses.  While various market participants…

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You Bet!: District of Columbia Releases the Proposed Regulations

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | June 18, 2019

Several new posts are in the pipeline, but I wanted to quickly update our readers to inform them that the…

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You Bet!: Iowa Becomes the 11th state; ESPN Pairs with Caesars on Mainstream Content

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | May 24, 2019

Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Disney-owned media giant ESPN are aligning to provide sports betting content, to include an ESPNews show…

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You Bet!: Update on D.C.’s Timeline for Implementation

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | May 17, 2019

There has recently been a series of updates concerning the implementation of sports betting in the District of Columbia. First, and perhaps most important…

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You Bet!: A Guide to the Legalization of Sports Gambling in the District of Columbia – Part 3

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | May 12, 2019

While the legalization of sports gambling in the District of Columbia is almost certain to become a reality in the near future, the regulatory regime that will govern this brand-new industry remains a mystery…

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You Bet!: A Guide to the Legalization of Sports Gambling in the District of Columbia – Part 2

By Ian Thomas, Esq. | May 5, 2019

Location, location, location are the three words that drive the decision about where to open a business, and in deciding where to set up a sportsbook this is no exception. The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 restricts…

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