More Action On US Online Gambling FrontsBy: Adam Baker, Thursday July 4th 2013
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There has been continuous action on the online gambling front in the United States and most of it is coming from the states. Delaware has released its draft online gambling regulations, PokerStars is trying to find a new way into the New Jersey online gambling market and Adelson refuses to be cowed down.
The Delaware State Lottery is the designated agency to oversee the implementation of intrastate online gambling. It has just published draft online gambling regulations and has sought public comments. The regulations cover online poker, casino table games, ticket games and Internet video lotteries. The regulations propose necessary amendments in the existing laws, which include insertion of definition of online games. The draft regulations also detail out the parameters for internal controls, vendor licensing, employee licensing, approval of gaming equipment and other operational standards.
PokerStars suffered a serious setback to its entry into the New Jersey online gambling market when its proposed deal with Atlantic Club Casino Hotel fell through. This is because licenses will only be issued by the New Jersey regulatory authority to owners of Atlantic City land casinos. However The Rational Group, the company which owns PokerStars, has quickly found another partner. It has just announced an online gaming agreement with Resorts Casino Hotel, which incidentally was the first casino to open in Atlantic City. The agreement will have to be approved by the New Jersey regulatory authority. Morris Bailey, Resorts Casino Chairman said that PokerStars was another blue chip partner for the casino. He pointed out that Resorts Casino was already allied with brands like Mohegan Sun and Margaritaville. Mark Scheinberg, CEO of The Rational Group, said, “Resorts is a fantastic partner for us and we are looking forward to launch PokerStars in the USA in association with the other quality brands Resorts has brought to Atlantic City.” He also said that he was very excited to be participating in the New Jersey online gambling market along with Resorts.
Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands was lambasted by the online gambling proponents for his anti-online gambling article released in a Forbes publication. Sheldon was never the type to sit quietly and has hit back with characteristic aggression. He has set up an anti-online gambling web site and uploaded a corresponding video on YouTube. The web site has the appropriate name StopInternetGambling.com. It begins with his standard quip “Click your mouse and lose your house”. The web site says, “In the history of bad ideas, this has to be one of the worst!” Unmindful of the factual position Sheldon claims that public polling indicates that Americans are overwhelmingly against online gambling. Sheldon’s video highlights the alleged dangers of online gambling that have been flogged to death by people like him and have been soundly refuted by online gambling proponents. Clearly Adelson is against the tide.
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