AGA reveals surge in use of illegal gambling machines
The American Gaming Association has revealed that there has been huge growth in the use and prevalence of illegal gambling machines as it highlighted the risks associated with their use.
Vice President of Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel at the AGA, Jessica Feil, stated that the report was filed because of the increasing number of illegal gambling machines running operations across the country.
“Unfortunately, there’s been a rapid increase of unregulated gaming machines that exist in the shadows, taking advantage of loopholes and flouting the law, with little to no oversight.”
The AGA mentioned that all gambling machines which are licenced have to undergo strenuous testing in order to make sure that they are operating fairly and lawfully.
The AGA further noted:
“Consumers that play gaming machines should rest assured that machines operate fairly and will not be compromised. The approval process is not as simple as just submitting a request to place a product out in the market. Manufacturers must provide comprehensive and technical information and documentation that describes and demonstrates how the product functions and operates in accordance with statutes, regulations, and technical standards. Only through a regulated and robust product approval and testing process and ongoing compliance and reporting scheme will patrons feel confident that they will be treated fairly.”
Aside from that, the association went on to state that all licenced operators possess safer gambling tools including self-exclusion measures, and they even promote helplines for problem gambling. As unregulated and illegal machines do not come equipped with such tools, they impose a much larger risk on players.
Furthermore, the AGA closed by saying that the operators who have these machines do not pay taxes, which in turn it called a robbery of state revenue which typically goes towards better causes, including the education sector.
Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General, remarked:
“History has taught us that unregulated gambling gives rise to an array of legal and social concerns and ultimately erodes public confidence in the safety and integrity of the whole gaming industry.”