American Gaming Association responds to latest Full Tilt news

American Gaming Association responds to latest Full Tilt news

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The American Gaming Association lobby group has issued a call for the US Congress “to institute an effective online poker regulatory system to protect American consumers” in light of the latest accusations made by the Department of Justice against Full Tilt Poker.

In a statement released yesterday night, AGA chief Frank Fahrenkopf said, “I have two simple questions: ‘How much and for how long?’ How much money that we don’t know about is being swindled from U.S. consumers and how long will it take before we change laws to protect those consumers?”

Fahrenkopf commended the DoJ for their actions and called for “an online poker Code of Conduct that would ensure online poker companies are operated honestly, legally and responsibly.”

The AGA is calling for “federal legislation with strong law enforcement oversight that allows states to license and regulate online poker, prevents fraud and money laundering, keeps minors from gambling, addresses problem gambling and ensures players aren’t being cheated.”

The AGA Code of Conduct calls for companies to conduct extensive background checks that will keep criminals out of the business; install proper identification of every U.S. online poker player to assist law enforcement and keep minors, consumers from unlawful jurisdictions and cheaters from playing; undergo regular testing and auditing of online poker software to ensure that games are fair and honest; implement rigorous player exclusion processes to prevent minors, players from illegal U.S. jurisdictions and cheaters from accessing online poker sites; institute effective responsible gaming protections on operator sites to educate patrons and provide problem gamblers easy access to tools to help control their behavior; and, maintain stringent anti-money-laundering procedures that will assist the government in its law enforcement efforts.

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