The battle to legalize online casino gambling in the US is yet to come to a halt. Congressman Barney Frank has been endlessly campaigning to have his online gambling bill passed by US courts, and although in the past finding partners in this venture has proven somewhat difficult, today it is a different story.
According to the industry analyst Lawrence Fishel, land based gambling facilities previously were less inclined to support legalized online casino gambling due to fears that it would cut into their own gambling profits. Yet with today’s economic recession and major loss of profits all round, some of these same establishments are beginning to look to legalized online gambling as a means by which to save their businesses.
One such company is Harrah’s Entertainment, one of the land based industry’s largest gambling businesses. Harrah’s Entertainment has spent well over $400,000 during the first quarter of 2009 alone in lobbying, and plans on being one of the first sites to open its doors to US players if the current gambling laws are altered. The only hurdle standing in their way would be obtaining a license, yet considering their respectable history and the abundance of US jobs they provide, it is unlikely that they will be denied it. Harrah’s Entertainment is supported by many celebrities who have also joined in the battle to legalize online casino gambling in the US.
With all the efforts in place for a soon-to-be reform in casino gambling laws in the US, it is a mere matter of time before many of the internet’s greatest casino websites become available to US players.