American Gaming Association urges federal government to act on illegal gambling
In the United States and the American Gaming Association trade group has implored the federal government to initiate a coordinated crackdown against unregulated ‘skill game’ machines and illegal on the internet casino and sportsbook operators.
The advocacy organization employed an official Thursday press release to detail that it has sent a letter to Lawyer General Merrick Garland asking him to take quick action via the United States Division of Justice so as ‘to safeguard American shoppers, crack down on illegal operators and enforce federal regulations’.
The American Gaming Association is tasked with representing the interests of industrial and tribal casino operators as effectively as suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming sector from across the United States. The group describes itself as ‘the premier national trade group’ for a sector that is annually worth effectively north of $250 billion.
Bill Miller (pictured) serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Gaming Association and he utilised the press release to declare that illicit gambling activities are not new but ‘the brazen and coordinated manner in which they now take place’ on-line and inside communities ‘has elevated this difficulty to a level that needs significant federal focus.’
The American Gaming Association proclaimed that its letter (pdf) is component of the ‘ongoing initiative to stamp out the illegal marketplace’ and outlined ‘the pervasive nature of illegal gambling’ across the United States as well as the threat such activities ‘pose to customers, state economies and the legal gaming business.’ The organization pronounced that it moreover asked for the United States Department of Justice to continue educating buyers ‘on legal gaming alternatives and the dangers connected with illegal operations’ as the unlawful sportsbetting sector alone is now believed to be worth upwards of $150 billion a year.
In addition, the American Gaming Association asserted that law enforcement bodies must commence investigating and potentially inditing figures related with some of the largest offshore iGaming brands ‘that openly violate federal and state laws’ such as BetOnline, MyBookie and Bovada. The enterprise completed by noting that the government should officially clarify the need to have for all ‘ability game’ machines to meet the anti-cash laundering and registration tenets of the Johnson Act and initiate ‘aggressive enforcement actions’ against any companies located wanting.
Study a statement from Miller…
“Illegal operators have been place on notice and their days as a scourge on our nation are numbered. These undesirable actors prey on vulnerable clients, provide no consumer protections, do not ensure integrity or fair play and generate no financial benefit for states or tribal nations.”