Earlier this year, the European Casino Association (ECA) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced a new partnership to tackle illegal gambling. The alliance, according to the associations, marked the first step to addressing and developing specific tools to combat illicit operations on both side of the Atlantic.
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]peaking to International Casino Review ahead of this year’s G2E in Las Vegas, Glenn Cezanne, executive director of Brussels-based ECA, said: “The ECA and AGA have remained in contact ahead of the summer period and are looking to re-invigorate closer co-operation in the post-summer period.
“Per Jaldung, chair of the ECA, who will be attending G2E later this year as CEO of Casino Cosmopol, will be looking to meet with AGA CEO Geoff Freeman to further co-operation on the theme of illegal gambling.”
Jaldung added: “The ECA looks forward to making the most out of the post-summer period and we always look west to our transatlantic neighbours, as I believe we have much to share and work towards.”
The ECA chair recently spoke at WGES in Barcelona, highlighting the threats related to illegal gambling and the necessity of co-operation with enforcement agencies and other relevant national and international authorities.
“It is important that the consumers are sufficiently informed and that, due to the dangers of illegal gambling, the provision of such services are criminalised,” Jaldung stated. “The bottom line is that operators need to have the required licence to operate in a jurisdiction. There is no such thing as a grey market. Illegal remains illegal.”