Bermuda official responds to regulation

As Bermuda Islands’ authorities approved the restructuring of gaming industry, a former representative responded.

Bermuda Islands.- Alan Dunch, incumbent Chairman of the Bermudan Gaming Commission, has responded to the government’s latest decision of approving the new legislation that regulaties the gaming industry. Under the new legislation, Dunch was separated from its position in the national commission and has commented on the issue.

According to Dunch, the government should review the intentions of MM&I Holdings, the local firm bidding for a cashless gaming contract worth tens of millions of dollars per year. Meanwhile, Jamahl Simmons, the tourism minister stated that the government was not “currently considering any proposals” from MM&I and/or its American partner firm Banyan Gaming.

Dunch also commented: “The tabling of the Casino Gaming Amendment Act last Friday was a potentially sad and seriously backward misstep in the ongoing efforts of Bermuda to introduce a moral and apolitical gaming regime, free from the potential of corruption. At face value, it would appear to be a kneejerk reaction arising out of the minister’s great frustration with the refusal of the chairman of the commission to resign, in the absence of reason.”

“However, it is far more alarming that his proposed amendments would compel the commission to give up its independence and follow any general directions given to it by the minister. This in and of itself should be of great concern to the Bermuda public,” he added.

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