04/15/2012 : AMERICAN GAMING ASSOCIATION COMMENTS ON BLACK FRIDAY
Singing from the same hymn sheet?
In a statement this week commenting on the first anniversary of Black Friday, the American Gaming Association appeared to be singing from the same hymn sheet of federal legalization as that used by FreePlayUSA.
Or perhaps it was FreePlayUSA looking at the AGA hymn book…
In its statement, the land casino trade association comments that illegal online gambling is still rife in the United States despite the Black Friday actions.
"As long as these sites are operating outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement and with little to no regulation, the millions of Americans who continue to patronize them will be at risk of being defrauded," the association's statement points out.
"After a year of Congressional inaction, the fact remains: Until the U.S. changes existing laws to ensure that only licensed, taxed and highly regulated companies can operate in the U.S. it is certain that illegal activities will go largely unchecked.
"In order to correct this situation, Congress needs to adopt changes that modernize and strengthen the Wire Act of 1961 with conforming amendments to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) that would unambiguously eliminate illegal Internet gambling.
"It is also essential that current law be modified to establish federal guidelines so there will be consistent regulations for online gambling in all states that choose to authorize it. Such federal guidelines would keep minors from gambling online, prevent fraud and money laundering, address problem gambling and ensure players aren’t being cheated.
“Without a federal overlay, there will be a patchwork quilt of rules and regulations that will prove confusing for customers and difficult for law enforcement to manage."