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Online Gambling Not A Threat To Land-Based Casinos

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has confirmed what many poker players already know–that online gambling tends to increase participation by gamblers at land-based casinos instead of eroding the revenue at the brick-and-mortar establishments.

Internet gambling complements casino gambling because younger players who tend to be more computer-oriented than the older generation become more comfortable and familiar with gambling through their online participation and eventually find their way to the land-based casinos, AGA president and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf told the Las Vegas Sun.

Fahrenkopf spoke out following the release of the latest yearly installment of “State of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment” that examines the casino industry in the U.S. on a state-by-state basis. The findings contradict what many Indian tribes who oppose online poker and gambling believe to be true–that legalization of Internet wagering will cause a decline in revenue at the tribal casinos.

Some interesting statistics from the survey showed that most people that gambled in 2011, 44 percent, played the lottery. Gambling at a casino was enjoyed by 27 percent of those polled, while another 23 percent admitted to “casual betting.” Fifteen percent played some form of live poker–be it home games or casino action–while 8% enjoyed playing the ponies and four percent gambled online.



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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.