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Are there any legal hassles when you work in these Casino kinds of industry? I'm offered a job and I like it owing to clever algorithms and multi-threaded enviornment. I'd like some advice on legal issues before taking the offer.

*Ok I'm not going to sue any one of you for bad advice. I just wanted to know if people have any experience in such affairs. And I'm not looking for a lawyer's advise at all, I'm trying to know the gaming industry trends in general and what the programmers there have to say about their work when it comes to gamblings. And how would the lawyer know what goes inside the casino programming industry? *

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What kind of legal advice are you looking for specifically? –  Rook Aug 18 '11 at 2:08
    
Don't look for legal advice on the interweb. Find a lawyer who provides a free half hour or hour session and ask them. –  Demian Brecht Aug 18 '11 at 2:13
    
@Demian Brecht - Why is it that the word "legal" scares everyone around here? Even if answers do not give certain answers, they will surely point the OP in the right direction. –  Rook Aug 18 '11 at 2:17
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In many places, giving legal advice is considered "practicing law", and it's illegal to do so without the proper license. In the US, the definition varies by state. In any case, I (for example) could get in serious trouble if I gave legal advice, even if everything I said was correct and the person I gave it to was happy with the results and didn't sue me or anything on that order. –  Jerry Coffin Aug 18 '11 at 3:53
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@jerry: Giving pointers isn't illegal though. –  Mr. Zen Aug 18 '11 at 5:36
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I once did some freelance work for a bookie that wanted to integrate to BetCris to get the latest lines for his clients from his website.

Every industry needs software, even gambling industry.

Most of the time, its the gambling aspect that needs legal advice. For example, in my state, bookies are illegal, but running his operations offshore is perfectly legal. As a programmer, I just wrote the code. In my case, my code was uploaded to a server somewhere offshore where the it was legal, so there wasn't any issues.

I think the biggest takeways are:

Is your client operating legally in regards to gambling and following state and federal laws. If so, I think you have nothing to worry about. If not, then you are particapating and aiding in an illegal operation. So just make sure your "client" is following the rules.

The other thing is the morality of the whole thing. Some people may frown upon working in industries such as gambling, pornagraphy, etc. I never lost sleep over it even though I was enabling his gambling operations, but to me it was just another paying client.

*This isn't legal advice. I am not a lawyer. These are my experiences working in the gambling industry. Sueing me would be pointless and not profitable. :)

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Thanks Jon. Real men don't sue:) Any idea how to find that your client is "operating legally in regards to gambling and following state and federal laws". –  Mr. Zen Aug 18 '11 at 5:34
    
@Jon Raynor - Nice disclaimer in the end :)))) –  Rook Aug 18 '11 at 11:47
    
@Mr Zen - Check the laws in your local area. If you are concerned, the best advice I can give you is to hire a lawyer to do the legwork. In my case, I just made sure the code was uploaded offshore by checking out his hosting provider. Once I knew it was in country X where is was legal, I felt comfortable. –  Jon Raynor Aug 18 '11 at 13:30
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