AGA calls for action against illegal gambling

AGA wants regulators to take action on the manufacturing of illegal machines.
AGA wants regulators to take action on the manufacturing of illegal machines.

The American Gaming Association has submitted a formal letter to the Department of Justice urging action against the manufacturing of illegal gambling machines.

US.- The American Gaming Association (AGA) has submitted a formal letter to the US Department of Justice urging it not to allow illegal gambling machines to be manufactured. It’s asking the government to adopt an established law that requires any company that manufactures, sells, or ships gambling devices that are sent across state lines to register with Justice Department.

AGA president Bill Miller said: “Support and resources from the Department of Justice and federal law enforcement agencies are critical to eliminating illegal gambling devices from our communities.”

Jessica Feil, vice president, government relations and gaming policy counsel at the AGA added: “The US casino industry takes its state, tribal and federal regulatory commitments seriously. That includes registering legal gambling devices with the Department of Justice to ensure lawful, regulated machine distribution.

 “Unfortunately, illegal and unregulated machines continue to skirt the law and put consumers at risk. The AGA and its members are urging the Department to utilize the Johnson Act to investigate and prosecute illegal gaming machine manufacturers. This important step will protect players and, ultimately, root out these pervasive, bad actors.”

AGA: Q3 commercial gaming revenue breaks all-time record

In November, the AGA Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker showed that nationwide revenue from traditional casino games, sports betting and iGaming surpassed $13.89bn in the third quarter of 2021, marking a new quarterly record.

Gaming revenue was up 53.8 per cent over the Covid-19-impacted Q3 2020 and 24.7 per cent higher than Q3 2019. Consumer demand continued into the third quarter as 10 of 25 commercial casino states reported new quarterly revenue records, including the four highest-grossing states in 2019 – Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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