Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling Launches Ad Campaign
The Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling has this week launched an advertising campaign, costing six figures, warning of the dangers of legalized online gambling. The aim of the campaign is to highlight that gambling over the internet has many pitfalls, particularly for the vulnerable. It also emphasizes the potential for criminals and terrorists to use online gambling to launder money.
The coalition has been fighting against the legalization of online gambling for some time. It has support from within the land based casino industry, most notably casino mogul Sheldon Anderson.
While online gambling certainly does have some negative connotations, the same could be said of any form of betting or gaming. There is the, somewhat cynical, argument that the coalition is not interested in protecting vulnerable people but rather protecting the interests of land based casinos. After all, the legalization and regulation of online gambling is likely to result in more reputable organizations operating in the industry, ensuring that there are certain safeguards in place.
There are major players within the land based casino industry that are behind the legalization, such as Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, so it would seem unlikely that this coalition is going to be successful in stopping more states passing legislation that allows licensed operators to provide gambling services over the internet. It may, however, have a negative impact on the public’s perception of online gambling.
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