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MGM, Caesars Fund Campaign for Online Poker

MGM, Caesars Fund Campaign for Online Poker

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Oct 19, 2011


Nevada land-based casinos have already formally gotten their hands into the online poker push through the recently-formed FairPlayUSA, a non-profit campaign based in Washington D.C. The organization, funded by MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, launched in late July. The group’s website states that its goal “is to educate policymakers and the public on the broad public policy interests raised by the current ambiguous laws in the U.S. that have led to millions of Americans gambling on the Internet.” The members of its advisory board include former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Internet safety expert Parry Aftab, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and poker’s Greg Raymer and Mike Sexton. The group is headed by Executive Director Marisa McNee. Raymer, who also serves on the board of directors for the Poker Player’s Alliance (PPA), said he was hesitant at first before committing to FairPlayUSA. He said he eventually became sure that the non-lobbying ...

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