Online Casino Action And The Election
Added: April 4, 2016
You cannot escape all of the media attention on the up and coming United States presidential election. With political rhetoric being thrown around all over the place it may be insightful to take a few minutes to contemplate what effect, if any the election will have on online gambling sites in the U.S. As of this writing, all signs suggest this is going to be an out and out brawl between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Which of course brings up the next obvious questions. Will Hillary take on the land based casino gambling sites and impose her view of what they should and should not be doing? Will the Donald feel obligated to turn against the online casino industry because of his tie-ins in Atlantic City?
First up, how about a closer look at what is known to date about Donald Trump and his attitudes and positions with respect to online casino gambling sites. One key factor to keep in mind when attempting to forecast what sort of position would embrace if elected is that of hie long term relationship with land based casinos. Pay very close attention to the fact that ‘The Donald’ has been involved with casino gambling sites since the 1980s. Recall that back in 1984, Trump opened the Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In addition, you will want to take note of the fact that Trump continued to take big stakes in land based casinos around the country. For example, out in Las Vegas, the Trump Hotel first opened its doors back in 2005. Then a scant 3 years later, Trump opened to much fanfare the Tower 1. All that being said, you will want to understand that Trump was working to get into online casinos through a partnership with the world renowned Betfari. Unfortunately for Trump, the Trump Plaza fell into bankruptcy so the deal never worked out. Yet the clear message here is that Trump was most definitely in favor of online casino action.
On the other side of the aisle, for the Democratic contender for President, Hillary Clinton the record is is also positive leaning. For example, Clinton supported the building of a new casino near Niagara Falls. Moreover, Clinton also tacitly supported the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which was a move towards online gambling regulation.
As you can plainly see from the above, there is no clear answer as to which of the two top contenders are best for the online gambling industry. The good news is that it also appears that neither candidate seems intent on banning online casino action.