Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing developments of illegal slot machines that have popped up all over Missouri. These illegal gambling machines, however, have found their way into many states and pose tremendous harm. So much so that the American Gaming Association has issued a Nationwide statement condemning them. Below is a portion of their press release and the full white paper can be accessed HERE:
On Monday, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released a white paper highlighting the dangers of unregulated, illegal gambling machines proliferating across the U.S. These illegal gambling machines are not subjected to meaningful testing, licensing or regulatory standards and are often tied to criminal activity, including money laundering, drug trafficking and violent crime.
Highlights of the white paper, Skilled at Deception: How Unregulated Gaming Machines Endanger Consumers and Dilute Investments in Local Economies, include:
- Illegal gambling machines do not undergo the same stringent regulatory requirements the legal gaming industry meets, including a licensing process, game testing and reporting and responsible gaming – nor are they monitored to ensure fair play for customers. Unregulated machine operators also lack training in responsible gaming, potentially luring children and those with problem gambling behaviors to use these machines.
- Recent raids of illegal gaming machines have been tied to drug trafficking, gang activity, violence and have also been linked to several major organized crime families.
To combat the spread of illegal machines, the report recommends:
- Law enforcement and policymakers need to prioritize robust enforcement of laws to root out illegal and unregulated gaming machines.
- States and communities must not authorize these machines and continue to erode regulations and permit unnecessary consumer risk.
- Businesses should actively remove illegal and unregulated games on their properties.
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