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New AGA Chief Speaks Out About Internet Gambling

The American Gaming Association's new Chief Executive Geoff Freeman spoke to the Associated Press last week about internet gambling, noting that he wants to gather some sort of consensus on the issue and devise a strategy on just how to deal with the hobby.

The AGA is a U.S. lobbying group that works on behalf of most of the large casino brands in the country. With that large membership, online gambling has not proven to be a popular topic at the AGA, as the group had just recently come to agree that only online poker should be legalized.

With those measures failing in the U.S. Senate, individual states have gone ahead with their own cyber betting bills. This has caused the outlook for the industry to change, and perhaps the views of the AGA.

In the Interview, 38 year old Freeman said, “We’re going to have to determine if the industry can get on the same page. Gaming is really taking on a broader image, and that’s the image of entertainment. It includes restaurants, shows, hospitality and lodging, and gaming."

“I’m going to be ears open to just about anything that anyone has to say."

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