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The casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue of internet gambling. The latest evidence of the split came Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling. The group has support from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Adelson has said he is willing to spend "whatever it takes" to stop the spread of Internet wagering. Meanwhile, the casino lobby (AGA)  has made the legalization and regulation of online gambling its signature issue for the year. Major members including Caesars Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resorts International are taking steps to get into the market.  "The coalition will operate exclusively at the federal level — encouraging Congress to embrace regulation as the best means to protect minors, detect money launderers and eliminate a dangerous black market," American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman said in an email to his board last week. PGRI Question to Mr. Freeman : Did you say “operate exclusively at the federal level”? Does that mean that you are not acting at the state level?  I thought that the AGA is equally supportive of states enacting their own legislation to regulate internet gaming.  HMMMMM  Mr. Freeman has graciously agreed to present at PGRI Smart-Tech conference in April so we can ask him these questions then.

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