Posts Tagged ‘American Gaming Association’

AGA to use “Runner, Runner” as Fuel for Poker Regulation

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Online poker and casino gaming insiders are worried that the upcoming film Runner, Runner will have a negative impact on the game. As the trailer shows, Runner, Runner deals with corruption and cheating within the poker world.

Justin Timberlake stars as a college student named Richie Furst, who unfairly loses his tuition through a poker site. He then travels to Costa Rica to convince the poker room’s owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), to return his money. Block instead makes Furst his righthand man which leads to a world of quick money and fast cars.

The overlying theme here is that internet poker is run by sketchy guys who’ll do anything for millions. This much is clear from the scene where Affleck pushes some bound guy into the alligator-infested waters below.

That said, you’d think organizations like the American Gaming Association (AGA) would fear the worst with this film. After all, the AGA is a casino lobby group tasked with convincing more states and the federal government that online gaming is a good idea. But the AGA is actually hoping to use Runner, Runner to fuel their lobbying efforts and send an even stronger message to Washington.

As Reuters reports, AGA President Geoff Freeman plans to argue that Runner, Runner is a perfect example of what can happen in an unregulated online poker environment. Assuming the federal government were to legalize internet gaming on a national basis, it could cut out the “seedy” offshore sites.

Runner, Runner hits theaters on September 27th and is expected to be a pretty big box office draw. The film seems to be a takeoff on sites like Absolute Poker and UB Poker, which were both rocked by cheating scandals. Eventually, these rooms went offline along with millions of dollars in player deposits following Black Friday.

Legalized US Online Poker to help the Game?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

There’s a lot of talk about legalized online poker in the United States. In fact, the New York Post recently ran an article on the matter. You can check the article out yourself, but the jest of it is that there are several signs legalization could be coming such as the following:

– Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Anderson has now thrown his full support behind the measure. And he is in good with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

– House Speaker John Boehner could be influenced to get on board since his former aid is now the VP of the American Gaming Association.

– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants states to stop organizing their own online poker legislation on the state level (possibly because online poker will be legalized on a federal level instead).

With all of this being said, it’s worth discussing what legalized US online poker would mean to Americans, in addition to online poker as a whole. The first thing worth mentioning is that if online poker is legalized, the United States would most likely be a segregated market. So in light of this, US players would be cut off from the rest of the world.

On the other hand, a lot more fish would be encouraged to enter the online poker world because it will be promoted and marketed as a legal entity. And while sites like PokerStars do a good job of marketing the game on poker shows, you might even see commercials on more mainstream TV shows and networks.

Now this isn’t to say that online poker would return to its glory days of pre-2006, but the games would be a lot more juicy than the current scene: regulars who’ve been playing for at least a couple of years mixed with a few fish who are learning the game. Of course, all of this is just speculation, and we’ll have to wait and see how regulation changes things. But it’s a good bet that you can expect some easier competition in the US online poker scene when/if regulation passes.