Former Senator, Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the Poker Players’ Alliance stated that he believes the online poker legalization in the United States will hapern within the next 18 months. D’ Amato stated this last Thursday in the Global Gaming Expo that took place at Las Vegas.
The pending sanctions by the World Trade Organization that are due to US policy towards Internet Gambling could be the key to make online gambling legal. It was believed that non-gaming corporations will pressure the Congress to make changes because they will affected by the sanctions.
They also believe that underage gambling can be prevented and players can be protected online. They said that because of the ban in the U.S. for reputable payment processers players may be using payment options that are not as safe.
Loveman talked about Harrah’s want to research possibly expanding the World Series of Poker to an online poker market which would have to be done overseas. Loveman stated along with Lanni that they do not want to explore places where the laws are unclear and business would only be done where it is clearly legal.
Lanni and Loveman also stated that they would want internet gambling to be regulated by a state level instead of a federal level. It was stated that added to the burden of Congress would make no sense.
We will see in the upcoming year what changes will be made whether for the betterment of online gambling in the U.S. or for the negative. Hopefully the panelists are right and it will not be long before online gambling in the U.S. will be legalized.
Togel Hongkong Speakers present during the session included J.Terrence Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE, Gary Loveman, Chairman,CEO and president of Harrah’s Entertainment,Inc; Ander Wilsenach, CEO of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and of course D’Amato. They all were in agreement that online poker would most likely be legalized before other online casino-style games.
Antigua And Barbuda Prime Minister Hopes To Resolve Dispute With US Over Internet Gambling
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer discussed the Internet gambling dispute with New York Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and three other members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the sidelines of a regional business conference.
The prime minister hopes that the weekend meetings with the U.S. Congress would help resolve the ongoing trade battle issues with the United States over Internet gambling.
Antigua accuses the U.S. of crippling its gaming industry by effectively banning Americans from placing online bets with gambling operators in the Caribbean nation.
The U.S. Congress last year barred American banks and credit card companies from processing payments made to online and offshore gambling operators, denying the international gaming industry access to a lucrative U.S. market.
Antigua, which has promoted online gambling to ease its dependency on tourism, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization and is seeking to impose US$3.4 billion (€2.3 billion) in trade sanctions against the U.S.
Rangel, who oversees tax legislation as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, said he worries Washington may have overstepped its authority in the long-running dispute.
The WTO last December upheld Washington’s right to prevent offshore gambling, but said the U.S. could not target offshore and online casinos without applying the same rules to American operators of off-track horse and dog race betting.
After that ruling, Washington vowed to remove and exempt Internet gambling from its WTO treaty obligations. Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Macau and the 27-nation European Union have joined Antigua in filing compensation claims as a result.