AGA Announces Plans to Host First of its Kind Law Enforcement Summit

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illegalgamblingAhead of the weekend, the American Gaming Association announced plans to host its first ever Law Enforcement Summit.

The summit, set for this June, is designed to further strengthen the partnership between the gaming industry and all elements of the law enforcement community, the AGA said in a formal announcemeny.

The effort is a component of AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative which is uniting gaming and law enforcement to expose the massive illegal gambling market that preys on consumers, siphons tax revenues and funds violent crime.

AGA also launched a new website – StopIllegalGambling.org – to serve as an information hub.

“Illegal gambling preys on consumers, funds large criminal enterprises involved in racketeering, money laundering, extortion and fraud, and threatens the integrity of the sports we love,” said Geoff Freeman, CEO of the AGA. “The AGA’s initiative has been instrumental in building a strong partnership with law enforcement and drawing a stark contrast between the legal, regulated gaming industry and shady, illegal operators.”

In the large and growing illegal sports betting market, consumer protections are non-existent and law enforcement lack tools to protect the integrity of games, the organization tells us, citing research released in February which found that “65 percent of Super Bowl viewers believe transparent, regulated wagering will either strengthen the integrity of games or have no impact on game outcomes.”

Now live, the StopIllegalGambling.org site will also house the latest AGA news, articles, videos, research and training related to the initiative.

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