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Online Gambling Increase Downplayed By AGA

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released its yearly survey of casino gambling in the United States that showed a rise in online gambling among respondents, but the AGA pooh-poohed the results as perhaps not being an accurate reflection of the true increase.

The survey looks at the forms of gambling enjoyed by Americans on a state-by-state basis. In 2011, which saw online poker participation among U.S. residents plummet due to the Black Friday shutdowns of PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker, four percent of those polled admitted to placing an Internet wager, which was a significant gain from 2010’s one percent.

“While the State of the States polling shows a slight uptick in Internet gambling participation, I wouldn’t read too much into the data,” AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf said. “The increase is within the 3.5 percent margin of error and the survey sample is fairly small. Therefore, it is not really clear if Internet gambling participation truly has increased significantly enough to draw broad conclusions from the data.”

This was the 14th annual edition of “State Of The States: The AGA Survey Of Casino Entertainment.” With Nevada and a few other other states gearing up for legalized intrastate online poker in 2012, next year’s AGA survey is bound to look a bit different, taking into account a regulated online poker and gambling market by a handful of states.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.