The American Gaming Association claims that any new government efforts to prohibit online gaming will unintentionally strengthen black market providers and create more risk for American consumers.

Responding to plans by Las Vegas Sands CEO and internet gaming sceptic Sheldon Adelson to create an advocacy group to push legislation to ban online gaming in the US, the AGA said “time and again, government efforts to prohibit use of everyday products have failed.”

“The internet cannot be forced back into the bottle - nor can market demand,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, the lobbying group for the US casino industry.

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