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 MONTREAL , Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - David Baazov , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc. ("Amaya"), announced today that he has acquired ownership of 60,000 additional common shares of Amaya ("Common Shares") on November 12, 2015. The Common Shares were acquired on the open market over the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange, at an average price of $20.2955 per share. The 60,000 Common Shares represent approximately 0.045% of the currently issued and outstanding Common Shares.

After giving effect to the acquisition, Mr. Baazov currently owns 24,523,599 Common Shares, representing approximately 18.42% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, and options entitling him to acquire 450,000 additional Common Shares. On a partially diluted basis, assuming the exercise of all of his options, Mr. Baazov has ownership of approximately 18.69% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares, without giving effect to the conversion or exercise of any other securities that are convertible or exercisable for Common Shares. On a fully diluted basis, Mr. Baazov currently owns approximately 11.92% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares.
The Common Shares were acquired for investment purposes. Mr. Baazov's beneficial ownership in Amaya securities may change from time to time depending on market and other conditions, including, without limitation, through market transactions, treasury issuances, grants under equity based compensation arrangements, private agreements or otherwise.

 SAN DIEGO - There are two main reasons why legalizing online poker has become a major issue in California.

The first is that there are hundreds of millions of dollars to be made. But really, it starts with the fact that Californians love poker.
"If you look at the World Series of Poker in 2015, played in [Las] Vegas at the Rio [Hotel and Casino], over 15,000 people entered that," said Steve Stallings, councilmember of the Rincon tribe, which runs Harrah's Rincon casino in Valley Center. "The vast majority No. 1 state where players came from was California."
Stallings points out that even though playing online poker in California is against the law, people are doing it anyway.
"We have hundreds of thousands of people in California already playing illegally. Their money is not protected. The integrity of the game is not protected because those are all offshore sites," he said.
The fact that so many people are playing illegally is a big part of the reason people who support online poker say it needs to be regulated.
Internet poker was a $3 billion industry when the U.S. government cracked down on it on Black Friday in 2011, essentially ruling that online poker was illegal and that each individual state could legalize it within its own borders.
That didn't stop some websites based in other countries from letting Californians play, and that is very risky.
Maria Ho, a Californian and highly successful professional poker player, wondered, "The two biggest fears are: Am I being cheated? Is this game being run with integrity? And also, am I going to be able to cash out my money if I win?"
Steve "Chops" Preiss is a poker industry expert. He told 10News there have been examples of people winning hundreds or thousands of dollars, only to have the site they were playing on shut down, keeping all the cash.
"The biggest risk they have is their money," said Preiss. "They are depositing into sites that have no controls in place to segregate their accounts."
Despite the risk, thousands of Californians are playing anyway. Poker's biggest star, Daniel Negreanu, says the danger to Californians now is enough to warrant action.
"The current environment we have is unregulated poker. It's just not something that is going to go away," said Negreanu.
Another argument, of course, is the profit. Conservative estimates suggest that about $200 million would be spent in the first year, and that that could rise closer to $1 billion within a few years. Those in favor of legalizing online poker in California argue the state should keep that money in California and tax it.
Negreanu agrees.
"It just makes sense from a revenue perspective," he said, "that rather than that money go offshore to providers we don't even know, it makes more sense for it to go to helping develop education, obviously the water shortage -- things the government of California is looking to fund."

 The world’s largest gambling hub has a new leader for its regulatory body. Macau’s Gambling Inspection and Coordination Bureau will be run by Assistant Public Prosecutor-General Paulo Martins Chan effective Dec. 1, according to a report from Asia Gaming Brief.

Current gambling regulator Manuel Joaquim das Neves, who has been at the helm of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau for 18 years and has witnessed Macau’s historic rise and dealt with its subsequent challenges, announced last month that he will be retiring. His term is over on Nov. 25.
Chan comes in as Macau just recently saw its 17th straight month of gaming revenue decline. Macau’s GDP fell 26.4 percent in the last quarter thanks to the casino industry’s struggles.
So far in 2015, gaming revenue is down roughly 36 percent. According to a report from Bloomberg, Macau gaming revenue is predicted to fall by another eight percent in 2016.
Beijing has indicated that it wants Macau to diversify and new casinos in the pipeline to provide more non-gaming attractions. The Chinese government has been engaged in a crackdown on what it perceives as corruption within Macau’s lucrative junket industry, which has been the way for high rollers to get access to funds, often in the form of credit, to gamble with.

 Quebec is moving ahead with a plan to order Internet providers to block unlicensed gambling websites, an initiative that some say sets a dangerous precedent for censorship of the Web.

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao tabled legislation on Thursday to implement the provincial budget that was announced in March, including amendments to the province’s Consumer Protection Act that direct Internet service providers (ISPs) to “block access” to a list of “unauthorized gambling sites” to be drawn up by Loto-Québec. Failure to comply could lead to a fine of up to $100,000 and twice that for subsequent offences.
The move is intended to direct online gambling revenues to the government’s own website, Espacejeux, and the government said in March it expects to bring in an additional $13.5-million in 2016-17 and $27-million a year after that.
But critics say the scheme amounts to censorship, that it is technically unworkable and that the province does not have the authority to regulate the Internet in this fashion.
“It is censorship. It’s blocking access to otherwise legally available sites in the interests of enhancing one’s gambling monopoly,” said Timothy Denton, chairman of the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society, a group that advocates keeping the Internet open and free. “A lot of countries try to do it, but we don’t call them liberal democracies.”
Mr. Denton wrote to Mr. Leitao in August to protest the government’s plan, arguing it would be costly for ISPs to implement, that legal liabilities could drive smaller ISPs out of business and raise Internet prices, and that it would likely contravene the federal government’s authority over telecommunications. The minister acknowledged receiving the letter but has not responded in substance, Mr. Denton said Friday.
“We see a lot of reasons why it shouldn’t stand,” said Bram Abramson, chief legal and regulatory officer for independent ISP TekSavvy Solutions Inc. “But if it does, it could have real repercussions by creating a precedent. … This is the first time any Canadian government will ever have ordered ISPs … – as a routine matter – to block content and to choose which parts of the Internet you can and cannot access.”
TekSavvy has a “fair number” of customers in Quebec, he said, adding that it would be an expensive proposition to block certain website addresses only for those users. “We would have to re-engineer our network to basically segregate out Quebec and set up different servers for our Quebec users. Basically we would have to do a whole bunch of pirouettes that will cost us significant time and money for something that will be ineffective.” Plus, he said, users could simply change their settings so that their ISP does not act as their DNS (domain name system) server – which matches website names with corresponding Internet protocol (IP) addresses and helps direct traffic to the right location – and the blocking would be ineffective.
Mr. Denton says virtual private networks (VPNs), which many Canadian Internet customers use to watch content not available in Canada, could also get around the blocking measures.
Nathalie Roberge, a spokeswoman for the Finance Minister, said the Quebec government simply sees this as an extension of its long-held right to regulate gambling. “These activities evolved and they are now online,” she said Friday. “We have jurisdiction to regulate gambling activities and that’s what we’re doing with this project,” she said Friday.
She said suggestions that blocking mechanisms would be futile are “hypothetical,” adding “we will monitor the situation.”
Ms. Roberge did not have a timeline for when the proposed legislation would be passed into law and said it would be studied and debated first.
Representatives from Cogeco Cable Inc., Videotron Ltd. and BCE Inc., which have large Internet businesses in Quebec, referred requests for comment to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. Kurt Eby, director of regulatory affairs for the industry group, said they are still reviewing the legislation but that it raises questions about technical challenges, costs of implementation and setting a precedent for other jurisdictions.
“There are more than 70 small ISPs in Quebec. How much cost could they bear based on something like this before it becomes unfeasible or a major impact on their business?”
Mr. Eby said there would also be questions about whether the federal Telecommunications Act would permit ISPs to block certain websites.

 SAN DIEGO - On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense, but the leaders at Del Mar race track say if you want to see the biggest names in horse racing like American Pharoah in San Diego, online poker will help.

According to Josh Rubinstein, chief operating officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, "If you're a horse racing fan and you love to see the top horses run, this is an important issue for you."
How is poker connected to horse racing?
Top horses go where their owners can win the most money. Unfortunately, that's usually not in California.
Rubinstein points out that most other states that have horse racing also let their tracks run casinos. That means more money for tracks like Saratoga in New York.
"Their purses are 30 percent higher than ours because they have this slot revenue," Rubinstein explained, "so American Pharoah ran in New York this year. He didn't run at Del Mar."
For race tracks, it's not just about adding another income source. It's also about protecting their home turf. Right now, the only gambling you can legally do online in California is bet on horse races. So from Del Mar's viewpoint, tribal casinos are asking permission to play in their playground.
"For those folks to come into a space which is exclusively ours right now," said Rubinstein, "with an expanded opportunity and say, 'You guys can't play in that arena and we'll throw you some scraps,' that, in our opinion, is not going to benefit our industry."
Many tribes are OK with letting the tracks launch their own poker websites. But several are not, and apparently there's a lot of bad blood between local tribes and the horse racing industry. It all goes back to when California first allowed tribal casinos. One of the biggest opponents was horse racing.
Now, in the same way that Del Mar questioned why others should be allowed to offer online gaming, some tribes wonder why horse tracks should be allowed to get a foot in the door on casino-style gaming, online or even in person.
10News asked Rubinstein: Would Del Mar like to open its own casino?
His answer: "Surely when you look at the margins of what casinos operate under -- slot machines and table games -- absolutely. But we're also realistic and the tribes have compacts with the state to operate those casinos, so we're not naive to think that that is something realistic for us."
Rubinstein said Del Mar would be willing to negotiate with the tribes to guarantee there would be no slippery slope, and that only online poker would be allowed. But not all tribes are convinced, and it's a big reason why the battle to legalize Internet poker has taken years.

 Those that play at the PokerStars Casino may notice a new tab at the top of the client. In addition to Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and other table games, Video Poker is now available in select markets and presumably will be rolled out further in the near future.

PokerStars first began rolling out casino games in its online poker client in late 2014 following its parent company’s acquisition by Amaya earlier that year. PokerStars has since added sports betting to its client and also offers Daily Fantasy Sports in the US through StarsDraft.
Video poker is often compared to slots, but unlike slots, like its distant cousin online poker, it is a game of skill. Though based on the game of poker, video poker has little else in common with online poker and is closer related to traditional casino games such as Blackjack.
Like Blackjack, Video Poker is not played against other players, but is played against the house and has a low house edge allowing players to play longer on their buy-in. Unlike other casino table games, video poker is played alone and therefore provides a similar experience to playing slots or other online casino games.
As is the case with land-based Video Poker, there are a wide variety of variants to choose from. Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Double Bonus, Joker Poker and Jacks or Better are all available. The different games have different payouts on hand rankings. And, as the name Deuces Wild implies, some even have wild cards.
PokerStars also released new slots bringing the total to 87 titles available, sixteen of which are available on mobile devices. Slots have now been added to the casino games offered in Spain where previously only table games were offered.
Blackjack has been expanded to include a new multi-player Blackjack variant called HighHand™ Blackjack which requires players to compete against each other in side pot action. New sidebets against the house which allow players to bet on things such pairing their two initial cards have also been rolled out.
In Italy, online Live Dealer casino table games have been added allowing players to interact with the dealers. The live dealer option was made available to players in Spain and the broader dot-com market earlier this year.

 HARRISBURG — Republican state lawmakers who are resisting tax increases to balance a deep budget deficit are taking steps toward the state’s third expansion of gambling in six years as an alternative source of cash.

To the Wyoming Valley’s Mohegan Sun Pocono casino, that could mean more profits of its own.
Among the bills are measures that would allow Pennsylvania’s casinos to offer Internet gambling or station slot machines in new locations around the state.
House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana County, gave gambling expansion a prominent place in his list of priorities. Exploring the possibility should come before lawmakers raise taxes, he said Wednesday after the House defeated a $2.4 billion tax package presented by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“I think we need to have a discussion first on what other revenues are on the table,” Reed said. “We need to come to a conclusion on liquor reform. We need to address cost drivers like our pension system. We need to look at gaming options.”
Lawmakers who support it estimate that an expansion of some sort could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time license fees plus collections from taxing a new stream of gambling profits. It also would keep the state’s industry current in a competitive and fast changing environment, supporters say.
Potential growth
Mike Bean, president of the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Plains Township, said Monday his operation views Internet gambling as an area of potential growth.
“We generally favor internet gambling for the brick-and-mortar casinos in Pennsylvania,” he said, adding that making it a profitable enterprise requires a tax structure with “the right balance” in terms of generating revenue for the state.
“We believe that New Jersey is a good model,” he said.
The Garden State currently imposes a 15-percent tax on online-gaming revenues.
Bean said the casino isn’t worried that internet gaming will cut into its traditional slot and table gaming operations. “We view it as an opportunity to give our customer a second visit — from home,” he said.
Pennsylvania state government has been in a partial shutdown for more than 100 days as the Republican-controlled Legislature resists Wolf’s request for a multibillion-dollar tax increase that the first-term Democrat says is necessary to resolve the state government’s budget deficit and begin correcting steep disparities in public school funding.
The Wolf administration is open to a gambling expansion, if it is part of a comprehensive package that resolves what the administration projects to be a multibillion-dollar long-term deficit, a spokesman said.
“But I don’t think we should confuse this with long-term sustainable revenue that’s going to fully fix the budget deficit,” Wolf administration spokesman Mark Nicastre said.
Top Democratic lawmakers have yet to voice support.
Issues raised
House Minority Whip Mike Hanna, D-Clinton County, said he had yet to survey rank-and-file Democrats on it. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny County, was more resolute, saying his caucus is firmly against balancing the budget on the backs of gambling addicts and an unpredictable revenue stream.
“That’s a path we don’t want to go down,” Costa said.
Even supporters acknowledge that balancing the budget on a gambling expansion is problematic: It is very difficult to estimate how much actual gambling revenue will materialize.
Case in point: Lawmakers legalized gambling in bars in 2013, estimating that a 60 percent tax on games of chance would bring $150 million a year to the state treasury.
Practically nothing has materialized. It contributed $554,000 in the fiscal year that ended June 30 out of $30.6 billion in total tax collections for the state’s main bank account.
Still, gambling’s role in financing state government is growing.
Tax collections on table games, legalized at slot-machine casinos in 2010 to help buttress recession-wracked tax collections, raised $96 million last year. The state lottery’s $1 billion in revenue last year went to support programs for the elderly, including a record amount for costs that the state’s general tax collections used to shoulder.
Meanwhile, more than $1.2 billion in tax collections on slot machine gambling in the last fiscal year went mostly for school property tax reductions and horse racing industry subsidies.
Early stages
Another problem is that consideration of gambling legislation is at an early stage. There have been no committee votes, floor debate or negotiations with Wolf’s office.
There is the prospect of Internet gambling, which is legal only in Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada.
A bill by Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland County, would allow Pennsylvania’s casinos to offer Internet gambling for a $10 million permit fee to people who register and are in the state.
Immediate revenue, however, could be minimal: New Jersey casinos reported $12.2 million in August receipts. New Jersey’s tax rate is 15 percent, translating to a meager monthly collection of less than $2 million for the state treasury.
Ward’s bill also would allow casinos to station slot machines at off-track horse racing betting parlors, while a bill by Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Allegheny, would allow casinos to station slot machines at Pennsylvania’s six international airports.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, said gambling bills may not have seemed like a great idea months ago. But with massive tax increases and the government’s partial shutdown at stake, perspectives should change, Scarnati said.
“All of a sudden,” Scarnati said, “gaming doesn’t look that bad.”
Associated Press writer Marc Levy and Times Leader staffer Thomas Moriarty contributed to this report.

Johan Huizinga once said that “play is older than culture”, and he was right.
In The Bible’s book of Jonah, they mention ‘casting lots’ repeatedly; in Sebastian Brant’s 1494 Ship of Fools, gamblers make up a good number of the eponymous vessel’s passengers; in the early 19th century, the game of poker is created by an anonymous American.
Gambling existed long before the beginning of civilisation – but since then, the way people gamble has changed less than you’d think.
State of play
Technology has evolved rapidly in the last few decades, to the point that it’s barely worth going over its greatest hits again. We’ve gone from dial-up internet to superfast, fibre-optic broadband; from mobile that need to be carted around in a briefcase to smartphones that can do anything; from Pong to Metal Gear Solid V. You know all this already; let’s not belabour it any more than we already have.
In spite of all this change, the gambling industry has remained largely the same. Certainly, the platforms have changed: consumers now have the choice of gambling from their computer chairs, or by using a mobile device. But the content – the actual substance of the games – is functionally identical.
Texas Hold ‘Em: Online. Blackjack: Online. National Lottery: Online.
The market’s approach to the digital age can be summed up in the preceding sentences: take an existing game, create a browser-based port, suffix it with online – et voila! This is made worse by the fact that it seems to be working.
Internet poker makes a lot of money; internet lottery makes a lot of money; and if they put Rock Paper Scissors or Five Finger Fillet on the internet (and no doubt somebody already has) it would likely make a lot of money. There’s no incentive for gambling companies to avoid stagnation, because even in a ‘stagnant’ state they amass sizable profits.
The future of gambling
They are lulling themselves into a false sense of security. They have perceived that their target demographic – essentially, anything older than ‘millennials’ – is more or less resigned to playing their games because they have always played their games. This is a dangerous attitude: players of a more advanced age use technology as much (and as competently) as anyone. They marathon Candy Crush, they (frustratingly, if you’re on Facebook) send out Farmville invitations; they are, in short, as likely to defect to more exciting entertainment options as millennials.
Gambling companies are not currently comfortable because gambling players enjoy their product; they’re comfortable because gambling enthusiasts perceive that they have no other option. Given a viable alternative, they’re liable to suffer for this complacency – and unfortunately for them, a viable alternative is on the horizon.
In the last few years, players have been able to enjoy AAA-quality software on their smartphones; ‘gamebling’ startups, which combine elements from casual gaming with the visceral thrill of betting, are poised to bring the same experience to the gambling industry. And the way they’re doing it is deceptively simple.
1. Immersion
Traditional gambling always has the same story: some people sit around a table; nearly all of them lose – the end. Blackjack, lottery, Texas Hold ‘Em; whatever it is, you’re playing as yourself, and it’s hard to divorce your enjoyment of the game from your losses (or worse, to pile more of your money in in the often doomed hope of recovering them).
With gamebling products, there’s a layer of separation that mitigates both of these problems – and helpfully, immerses players in a different world. You’re not yourself, you’re a pirate captain hunting for elusive treasure; an archaeologist searching for ancient relics; a samurai warrior trying to win the approval of his master.
Customisation options such as personalised avatars also help; the user can create an idealised version of themselves to journey around this virtual world. By adding narrative and purpose – and removing uncomfortable layers of reality – players treat it far more like a traditional entertainment than gambling.
2. Presentation
Presentation isn’t everything – but it is important. Again, the gambling industry gets kind of lazy about this, because a game of Texas Hold’Em will always look like a game of Texas Hold’Em. There are cards, and a table, and that’s about it: it’s why the game endures, but it’s also what limits it in the online realm.
Gamebling removes this issue by opening up a full range of aesthetic options. Want something cartoony and fun? No problem. Want your game to look sober, classy, and professional? Also an option. And when a game has its own look and interface, it has to evolve and polish in order to survive – encouraging them to constantly optimise their overall user experience.
3. Fun
For want of a more delicate way to put it: traditional games on the internet are deeply, deeply boring. The things that make card games exciting aren’t things that translate online: it’s the weekly poker game at your friend’s house; sitting around waiting for the lottery numbers with your family; the weight and feel of a pair of dice.
Flattening these things and removing the physicality simply isn’t as interesting. To survive, gambling companies need to forge ahead in a different direction – as gamebling companies are doing right now. They’re using leaderboards; they’re introducing skill-based elements; they’re competing directly against friends and family. They feel like they’re doing something instead of, effectively, using their money for kindling.
In the end, this is why the influence of casual gaming on the overall market is likely to become overwhelming in the next few years. All the gambling industry currently has to offer players is many thousands of slight variations on existing games and experiences. It’s already having an experience on engagement, and it’s likely to become more pronounced in the coming years.

 The U.K. Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced a review to investigate whether the use of third-party software could lead to episodes of cheating and collusion in online poker.

In a note released on Oct. 8, the U.K. gambling authority explained that "regulations governing online poker where players play against each other — as opposed to playing the operator — are being reviewed."
The review will include several stages, the first of which will see the UKGC to seek information from the operators holding a license to operate in the U.K. "about collusion and cheating — including the use of automated poker robots ('bots') and third-party software."We want to make sure online poker is crime free, fair and open and children and vulnerable people are protected.
"We've been asking licensees who offer peer-to-peer poker for information and their views on current issues identified in relation to this product," a spokesman from the UKGC stated. "We want this information in order to assess whether the current controls in Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) and the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS) are sufficient to ensure online poker is crime free, fair and open and children and vulnerable people are protected."
The spokesman also explained that the results of the review will be used "to help shape a future formal consultation on remote technical standards. We are also considering the impact of game integrity issues overall and using the opportunity to canvass views more generally."
The review promoted by the UKGC comes only weeks after the world's largest poker site, PokerStars, and partypoker announced their decision to tighten their policies on the use of third-party software.
Commenting on the changes that stop players from using tracking software and heads-up displays (HUDs), prevent players from sharing hand history databases, and halt the use of seating scripts on partypoker, the poker room's Head of Poker BI and Network Operations, Jay Kanabar, told PokerNews that room is doing its duty "as an online poker operator to provide a level playing field and ensure that we strive to provide the fairest and most ethical environment for all poker players to enjoy the game that we all love."
The issue of bots being used at some of the most popular online poker sites rose to prominence back in July, when PokerStars admitted an investigation over the some players from Russia and Kazakhstan who allegedly used artificial intelligence to put together winnings for $1.5 million while playing in mid-stakes pot-limit Omaha games.

 Opponents of online gambling in Congress have tried to ban it repeatedly, and failed every time. Now they’re back with a new tactic—a two-year “study” bill and online gambling moratorium. But if you want to place bets on that moratorium ever being “temporary,” you may find better odds in Vegas. And the bill’s biggest supporter couldn’t be happier about that.

Proposals to ban online gambling have failed to gain traction in Congress and met significant backlash from state lawmakers and prominent libertarian and conservative groups that see a federal ban as an infringement on state sovereignty. So will a moratorium succeed in imposing a stealth ban? According to sources on Capitol Hill, a proposal is being floated in Congress to impose a two-year moratorium to prevent states from legalizing Internet gambling while a federal study is conducted. It would not interfere with the online casino-style games currently legal in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada, but it would obstruct the legislative efforts currently underway in seven states considering legislation to legalize the activity. (It isn’t clear how the proposed moratorium would affect lottery sales that are currently legal in at least 13 states.) 
The online gambling prohibition, titled Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA, S. 1668), is the brainchild of casino magnate and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who told Forbes in 2013 that he’d spend “whatever it takes” to stop the spread of online gambling. As The Hill uncovered in March 2014, a lobbyist connected to Adelson authored the original draft of RAWA. 
“An Internet gambling moratorium is nothing more than prohibition in sheep’s clothing,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance. “They can’t get RAWA through the front door so they are trying to squeeze it through the back.” 
During the midterm elections in 2014, Adelson gave $5 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund and at least $20 million to groups that don’t disclose funding sources, including Crossroads GPS, which poured money into successful campaigns against Democratic Sens. Mark Udall (Colo.), Mark Begich (Ark.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), and Mary Landrieu (La.). Still, Adelson was unable to convince leadership to attach the ban to the 2014 omnibus spending bill. 
The Congressional GOP leadership should note the vocal opposition to RAWA at the state and national level. The National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and Fraternal Order of Police all strongly oppose the federal government usurping state authority to regulate gambling within their borders. Conservative groups like Americans for Tax Reform opposed the bill on for the same reason. The idea of a two-year moratorium will likely face similar opposition, for good reason. 
“A moratorium is even more troubling for the notion of states’ rights and the 10th Amendment,” said Pappas. “It would give favored status to those states who already offer regulated iGaming and put the brakes on others who want to provide these consumer protections to their citizens. Of even greater concern, a moratorium does nothing to stop the unlicensed, unregulated overseas operators from continuing to flourish in the U.S. marketplace. It only tells states they can’t exercise responsible oversight.”  
Will a moratorium fare better in Congress? It’s unlikely that members will risk bogging down the legislative process with a niche issue that has minimal support. On the other hand, that minimal support is from a major GOP donor whose right-hand man said in April that online gambling could be “the destruction of [the gaming industry].” 
A moratorium deserves to face the same kind of opposition from state interests and conservative and libertarian groups as a ban. After all, a temporarily violating the 10th amendment is still a violation—one that could cost states millions of dollars in lost revenue and open the door for the feds to meddle in other controversial intrastate activities.
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