Former Nevada Governor Now Supports Online Gambling

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Former Nevada Richard Bryan has changed his opinion on internet poker, telling a crowd at the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference that he now supports regulating the game.

In a keynote speech he delivered, the two term Democratic Governor said, "I admit I was late to the party. I wasn't enamoured with Internet gaming." That appears to have changed now, as Bryan admits there is the potential for billions of dollars which can be raised for the state via online poker.

Internet poker wasn't the only topic of conversation for Bryan during his speech. The former governor also commented on the overall economy in Las Vegas saying, "Visitor counts, convention attendance and room rates are going up, but it's never going to be like it was in the late 1990s and earlier this decade." He also said, "We are in very challenging times," and that a recovery for the landmark gambling city is "tentative at best."