AGA Against Online Poker

May 23, 2014

A couple of years back, on what has come to be known as Black Friday, if you were a professional online poker playing America, your world was torn apart, when all of the major online casino sites offering head to head live poker, were forced out of the USA in a single day. Many pro online poker players in the USA had to relocate to places such as Canada and Mexico, to continue with their chosen career.

The something happened around a year and a half ago, and one of the major bodies against online gambling in the USA, the American Gaming Association (AGA) started to soften up, and eventually we saw online casino sites applying for local licenses again. But the situation has changed again, and now the American Gaming Association is saying no to online poker once more.

The CEO of the American Gaming Association, is complaining that the industry is divided on online gambling in the USA, and has said that, “One of the things I’ve learned in this industry is we are extraordinarily competent at shooting at one another. The snipers in this industry are of the highest quality, and if you let that be the focus, we’ll kill each other.”

So the AGA seems to be saying hang on, let’s stop this reform right now, so that we do not have online gambling companies acting in a way that are not in the best interest of online gamblers in the USA. However, consider the fact that members of the American Gaming Association include some of the largest real world casino operators and gambling companies, and we have to ask whether the AGA is just making noise, to slow things down, so its own member companies can get up to speed before the new online poker market in the USA is flooded?

It is ironic, that the very powers (including the AGA) that decided that it was time to start developing an online gambling and online poker market in the USA, after closing the doors very firmly just a year before, have now done a complete 360 degree turn around and now say they do not want legalized online gambling, or at least not yet. Why? Because agile online casino operators have already begun to steal this new market, and the big boys, who have been slow to react, like the American Gaming Association to slow things down so they can catch up and grab market share.

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