Will the American Gaming Association lobby Congress for legal online gaming?

by Lou on November 16, 2006

Should the American Gaming Association — the group that represents the nation’s biggest land-based casinos — lobby the incoming, Democrat dominated Congress to study Internet gambling and determine whether it can be properly regulated, controlled, taxed and licensed? “My guess is that they are going to say let’s go ahead and do it,” said AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf.

Though AGA once stood in opposition to legalized Internet gambling, they have changed their tune in recent months, and last April their board, which contains senior executives from major land gaming companies such as MGM Mirage, Wynn Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment and Boyd Gaming, decided to urge the formation of an independent commission to conduct a full study.

The last time the issue was discussed by AGA, a study by the National Academy of Sciences was the consensus choice.
If a study found that online could be controlled and regulated, the AGA, along with Nevada Representatives Jon Porter and Shelly Berkely, could make another push to legalize online gaming in the USA.

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