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American Gaming Association Welcomes FinCEN Guidance on Sports Books, Urges Further Scrutiny of Illegal Sports Betting

Washington, DC –American Gaming Association (AGA) President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Freeman released the following statement after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released new guidance for sports book operations: “AGA members are committed to robust anti-money laundering measures in every aspect of their operations and invest significant resources to tailor risk-based compliance programs for every corner of the […]

Geoff Freeman: Casino gaming creates jobs and supports small businesses

As the start of the Florida legislative session looms, and with another debate on casino gaming forthcoming, casino critics are out in force.  Their tiresome strategy is to use the closings of a couple Atlantic City, New Jersey properties to peddle their exaggerated narrative of how the sky will fall in Florida if casinos emerge.  […]

Gaming lobbyist group expands in membership, influence

Inside the American Gaming Association’s new headquarters in Washington are a few slot machines to entertain policymakers and other visitors. The free-play games also serve as instructional tools to teach gambling novices about the inner-workings of the casino industry. A large poker table is on order. No word yet on house rules. The offices also […]

In the News: Vital Terrorism Risk Insurance Signed into Law, Protects Major Tourist Destinations Across the US

Washington, DC – As the American Gaming Association successfully pushed for reauthorization of a vital program that provides terrorism risk insurance to gaming companies, reporters have been highlighting the importance of the program for protecting the Las Vegas Strip and the state’s number-one industry. Outside of Nevada, however, the program is key for protecting the investments of […]

UNLV praised for creating master’s degree program in gambling law

The American Gaming Association on Tuesday praised UNLV for creating a master’s degree program in gambling law and regulation. “We congratulate UNLV for recognizing the challenges of our complex industry and providing students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the myriad regulations we face, ” Sara Rayme, senior vice president of public affairs […]

Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Passes Congress, Will Provide Much-Needed Certainty to Gaming Industry

Washington, DC – American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following statement after the new Congress swiftly reauthorized the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which expired last week, now sending it to the President’s desk:   “We’re pleased that Congress has heard our message on the importance of reauthorizing TRIA on a multi-year basis, […]

Internet sweepstakes cafes shut down in California

Internet sweepstakes cafes, the thinly disguised gambling sites that kept popping up throughout the Bay Area, have shut down to comply with a state law that took effect Jan. 1. Assembly Bill 1439 prohibits the storefronts from offering sweepstakes games meant to simulate casino-style gambling. Patrons could inset an electronic card or code into a […]

American Gaming Association Urges New Congress to Act Now on Terrorism Risk Insurance

Washington, DC –American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following statement urging the new Congress to immediately act to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which expired last week: “Congress must act immediately to reauthorize a vital tool that ensures economic continuity in the event of a terror attack. The AGA, along with a […]