Saturday March 21,2015 : RESCHEDULED R.A.W.A. HEARING COULD WORK FOR THE INDUSTRY
Pro-online gambling demo on the same day could put facts before Adelson fiction.
The news as the week closed that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations has moved its hearing on internet gambling forward from March 26 to March 25 could work very well for the industry, according to expert observers.
The witness list published by the sub-committee indicates a heavy bias against online gambling by some well-known characters notorious for being economical with the truth, or at the very least prone to shaping the issue to match their usually unsubstantiated allegations regarding sensitive issues such as under-age gambling, money laundering, problem gambling, geo-location technology and the dangers of criminal or terrorist involvement.
Bringing the hearing forward will position it alongside a pragmatic and factual demonstration that the Poker Players Alliance has organised in the time slot preceding the hearing, and in the Hall of States.
Titled “How Does Technology Ensure Online Gaming Compliance?” the demonstration will feature top experts in both technology and operational spheres who will present facts and figures more than capable of rebutting the often outlandish claims against the industry made by some politicians and academics, and used by the ongoing campaign against the industry being funded and driven by the virulently anti-online gambling crusader and land casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
The demonstration is an ideal opportunity for Washington DC political figures who have an open mind to assess the real facts for themselves prior to the Congressional hearing later in the day.
Among the companies represented will be geo-location technology specialists GeoComply and operator Caesars Entertainment, which has had significant empirical involvement with online gambling.
John Pappas, the knowledgeable executive director of the PPA will also be presenting the positive side of the coin and backing it up with facts and figures.
Extensive media notifications about the demonstration have already gone out, promising attendees that they will be presented with information that illustrates "…how sophisticated technologies can effectively protect state borders by ensuring gaming only occurs where authorized; identify and restrict access by minors; protect consumers from fraud and protect the vulnerable.”
And of course the members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations have been invited to attend in order to draw their own conclusions.