The American Gaming Association (AGA) has called on the US Department of Justice to crack down on illegal, online sportsbooks and casinos and unregulated “skill game” machines in a new letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“While the challenge of illegal gambling is not new, the brazen and coordinated manner in which it occurs—both online and in communities—has elevated this problem to a level that requires significant federal attention. We urge the Department to make it a priority to act…to protect American consumers, crack down on illegal operators, and enforce federal regulations,” Bill Miller, President and CEO of AGA, wrote.

The AGA letter outlines the pervasive nature of illegal gambling and the threat these unregulated operators pose to consumers, state economies and the legal gaming industry as part of the association’s ongoing initiative to stamp out the illegal market.

The AGA urges the Department of Justice to address illegal gambling by:

  • Continuing to educate consumers on legal gaming options and the dangers associated with illegal operations.
  • Investigating and indicting the largest offshore operations—such as Bovada, MyBookie, and BetOnline—that openly violate federal and state laws.
  • Clarifying that “skill-based” machine manufactures must comply with Johnson Act registration requirements and anti-money laundering standards and pursuing aggressive enforcement actions against those entities that do not fully comply.

“Illegal operators have been put on notice: their days as a scourge on our nation are numbered. These bad actors prey on vulnerable customers, offer no consumer protections, do not ensure integrity or fair play, and generate no economic benefit for states or tribal nations,” Miller added.

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Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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