This past week it was announced that the US main casino lobby group has just added six new members to its fold. This came as a big surprise as one of the companies that was added they initially described as a bane to US society as a whole and a pillar of deceit. This past Thursday the American Gaming Association or AGA announced that six gaming companies were to be added as members to the board of the casino lobby group. How’s that for turning the tables?
The Six Groups That Were Brought In
These groups include BMM Testlabs, Paddy Power Betfair, The Stars Group which is the holding company of PokerStars and GVC holdings a company originating from the United Kingdom. In addition, Choctaw Casino Resorts which is the operator of the tribal casinos and resorts within the Oklahoma region, as well as Golden Entertainment in Nevada were added to the board.
The AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman stated in a meeting with the press that the new membership additions gave a true reflection of the current gaming industry in all of its unique diversity. Freeman went on to state that through the integration of these key players into the group would allow them to more effectively represent the interests of the industry as a whole.
This comes as a shock, as in 2013 the AGA were very vocal against PokerStars being admitted into New Jersey. The lobby group tried everything humanly possible to obstruct PokerStars from obtaining a gaming license within the city.
PokerStars had just finalized an agreement with the Department of Justice after the Black Friday issues of 2011 where they had several poker indictments. After The Stars Group agreed to pay a $731 million settlement, the DOJ concluded that they saw no verifiable reason for keeping PokerStars out of the US market. However, the AGA felt very strongly that the DOJ settlement did not take away any of the past unpleasantness that lingered within the minds of many.
However, the AGA was then handed over to the current CEO and President Freeman and things have been changing. PokerStars did gain the license to participate within online regulated gambling in New Jersey, GVC did too. But the allowance of these six new board members have brought in other concerns, there are many who are worried that the Las Vegas Sands will cancel their membership due to the addition of so many new online gambling groups. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out.