AGA Releases Online Poker Code of Conduct and Calls for its Legalization

by Lou on September 23, 2011

Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., (pictured) president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), the organization that represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry, declared “there are no longer any good reasons to put US citizens at risk by continuing to outlaw online poker in the US,” and called on Congress to pass laws toughening enforcement against illegal online gambling operators.

Fahrenkopf’s statement came as AGA introduced an online poker Code of Conduct, outlining the measures it believes necessary to implement an effective regulatory system designed to protect American consumers, keep minors from gambling, provide tools to help problem gamblers, and create provisions to help law enforcement identify and prosecute illegal operators.

The Code of Conduct proposes six principles online poker companies should follow in order to obtain a license.

  • Conduct extensive background checks that will keep criminals out of the business;
  • Install proper identification of every US online poker player to assist law enforcement and keep minors, consumers from unlawful jurisdictions and cheaters from playing;
  • Undergo regular testing and auditing of online poker software to ensure that games are fair and honest;
  • Implement rigorous player exclusion processes to prevent minors, players from illegal U.S. jurisdictions and cheaters from accessing online poker sites;
  • Institute effective responsible gaming protections on operator sites to educate patrons and provide  problem gamblers easy access to tools to help control their behavior; and,
  • Maintain stringent anti-money-laundering procedures that will assist the government in its law enforcement efforts.

“The AGA thinks online poker operators must adhere to the same stringent regulations that have proven effective in governing brick-and-mortar casinos,” Fahrenkopf said. “If online poker is legalized in the US, implementation of the principles of the Code of Conduct will ensure that American consumers are playing online poker in a fair and secure environment provided by a responsible operator.”

The Code of Conduct is housed on a new “Online Poker Headquarters” section of the AGA website, and accessible at

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