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Wynn, Station Casinos, Churchill Downs To Join AGA

Three Firms Join Industry's Top Lobbying Group On Capitol Hill


The American Gaming Association got some new members this week.

The commercial casino gambling industry’s top lobbying group on Capitol Hill announced that Wynn Resorts, Station Casinos and Churchill Downs Inc. are now on board. They join nearly a dozen other top gaming industry companies on the AGA board of directors.

In addition to Wynn, Station Casinos and Churchill Downs Inc., the AGA board includes Bally Technologies, Inc., MGM Resorts International; International Game Technology, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Caesars Entertainment Corp., Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Aristocrat Leisure Ltd, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., Boyd Gaming Corporation and Penn National Gaming, Inc. All are heavy hitters in the industry.

“This is a critical step in the AGA’s evolution as a representative of the entire gaming industry,” AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman said in a statement. “We will continue to be passionate advocates for the enormous value the gaming industry provides and there is increasing support for our agenda.” Not long ago Freeman took over for Frank Fahrenkopf.

The AGA is forcefully behind the legalization of online poker in the United States. Station Casinos launched the first real-money poker site in the U.S. this past spring, when Nevada kicked off its intrastate online gambling market. Wynn Resorts, like other members of the AGA board, are expected to be heavily involved with I-gaming.

One AGA member is against online gambling, and that’s Las Vegas Sands. That firm’s owner, Sheldon Adelson, said he is committed to fighting its spread.

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