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By Steve Norton
CEO, Norton Management

My comment:


Online gaming might make economic sense during the pandemic, but there are dangerous side effects, if not introduced judiciously. Online gaming allows minors to bet illegally, using a parent’s credit or banking information; in the United Kingdom, 30% of minors bet illegally in the past year. The availability of all forms of casino games and sports bets will definitely increase the number of adult compulsive gamblers.

By Steve Norton
CEO, Norton Management

US Lawmakers Urged to Consider Online Lotteries to Fill Virus Budget Deficits

My comment:

Online lotteries offering casino games could be the final nail in the coffin of the American Gaming Industry.

First, our live casinos had to compete with online sports betting, online gaming, slots at liquor establishments, gaming at racetracks, and now a suggestion that states should write off our business that has paid incredible taxes and employed nearly 2 million citizens.

October 5, 2020 - HORSHAM, PA - As it has been doing annually since 2005, Spectrum Gaming Group today released its annual list of the top trends in gaming – the most significant issues that regulators, operators and suppliers need to consider as they make plans for the coming year. Spectrum has long focused on the future of gaming. Spectrum has completed engagements in 40 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents, with clients that include 22 US state and territory governments, six national governments, 22 Native American entities, numerous gaming companies (national and international) of all sizes, suppliers, lotteries, financial institutions, developers, and other gaming-related entities.

This list (ordered alphabetically), with input from our global experts on the ground around the world, represents both the opportunities and challenges that will be most impactful to revenue, profitability and public policy.

1. Efforts to authorize integrated resorts in Japan will continue, even as Japan is dealing with a change of government and a global pandemic. The government is expected to take affirmative efforts to advance the complex process surrounding the issuance of IR licenses; if it does not, it will risk further delays and the loss of interest in Japan by many of the major gaming companies.

By: Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Note: Public Policy Review Editor Laura Briggs reached out to Ronnie Jones of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board as part of a series seeking insight on issues regulators are facing due to COVID-19. This is his personal account of one of the nation’s hardest-hit areas.

On the context of Coronavirus in Louisiana:

In talking to my colleagues in other states early on, few fully understood the seriousness of the pandemic in Louisiana.  While some early epidemiological opinion suggests that two weeks of crowded streets throughout Louisiana during Mardi Gras contributed to the spread, it is yet to be confirmed.  Though it sounds plausible we simply don't know with any degree of certainty.  What we do know is that Mardi Gras occurred just as the pandemic's effects in the U.S. were becoming more evident.  Had the huge public celebration come two weeks later in the calendar, it likely would have been cancelled.  But hundreds of thousands of visitors came to the state and returned to their home areas, perhaps carrying with them the virus that was unwittingly passed around during their stay.