Alfonse D’Amato, the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), speaking at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas claimed that online poker (before other internet casino games) would be made legal in the US within two years. Terrence Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, Gary Loveman, chairman, CEO and president for Harrah’s Entertainment and Andre Wilsenach, CEO of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission support Mr D’Amato.
Still, the common opinion is that there is little player protection as long as the US ban on online gambling keeps reputable organizations from regulating.
The former Senator’s predictions are based on pending sanctions by the World Trade Organization following the government’s current policy on internet gambling. Any sanctions ensued could affect non-gaming corporations.