AGA iGaming Strategy May Shift Away from US Regulation to State-by-State.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the ever-changing #iGamingWars battlefronts are really the same…


Rumors are swirling in the DC-Beltway that power meetings amongst major gaming stakeholders and prominent politicians have not gone so well of late.

Some of the major gaming industry players included the following protagonists:  Patti Hart of IGT; Gary Loveman of Caesars Entertainment; Jim Murren of MGM; Deutsche Bank managing director Drew Goldman; Jamie Odell of Aristocrat; and Tim Wilmott of Penn National.  The meetings apparently included face-to-face conversations with Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisors in the White House; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, among others.

The AGA’s new chief, Geoff Freeman, frustrated by a lack of any real movement on the federal legislative level recently commented that “there will come a time, if Washington does not act, that the AGA will be driven to change its approach.  I hope we don’t…

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