|The mid-term elections in the US may just have provided a glimmer of hope to many stateside online gambling enthusiasts. According to CEO of MGM Mirage, Terry Lanni, the new Democratic leadership in the US Congress could provide a chance to explore the legalisation of online gambling.|
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed into law in October, makes it illegal for banks, credit card companies and online payment systems to process payments to online gambling companies. Speaking at a conference, Lanni declared that the bill “makes no sense whatsoever,” before adding that “the Republican party pandered to the religious right.”
Lanni also said that MGM would like to see a study commissioned to examine whether online gambling can be successfully regulated in the United States. The American Gaming Association, of which Lanni is the current chair, is expected to decide in December whether to pursue legislation calling for such a study.
That study could look into the success or otherwise of the UK’s attempt to regulate online gambling which comes into force next year. 'Britain wants to be second to none in regulation of Internet gambling. We firmly believe that the way forward is to regulate, rather than prohibit,' explained Peter Dean, chairman of Britain's Gaming Commission, who also spoke at the conference.