AGA calls Kentucky unregulated skill games ruling a ‘milestone victory’ for gaming

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The American Gaming Association’s President and CEO Bill Miller has issued a statement following the signing of legislation in Kentucky which officially banned unregulated skill games in the state, calling it a ‘milestone victory’ for gaming.

On 16 March, Unregulated skill games were banned in the Bluegrass State when Governor Andy Beshear signed HB594 into law, becoming the first US state to pass a standalone ruling prohibiting unregulated gambling machines.

Reflecting on the new law in a statement, Miller called the action “a milestone victory for the legal gaming industry” as the machines “pose an existential threat”.

He also added that the AGA will use the Kentucky ruling as a ‘springboard’ to pursue similar legislation in other US states.

The CEO said: “Today, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed HB594 into law, officially banning unregulated “skill” games throughout the Bluegrass State and notching a milestone victory for the legal gaming industry in our fight against illegal gambling. 

“Kentucky is the first state to pass standalone legislation banning unregulated gambling machines and joins Virginia in taking proactive government action to eliminate these bad actors.

“This win is a testament to what we can accomplish when we unite as an industry behind a common cause – and the American Gaming Association will use it as a springboard to pursue similar success in states throughout the country.

“Not only do these machines harm communities, but they also pose an existential threat to our industry. Last year, Americans wagered $511bn with unregulated machines and illegal sportsbooks and online casinos – costing communities more than $13bn in tax revenue.

“Combating illegal gambling in all its forms remains one of AGA’s top priorities. We hope you will continue to join us in this fight.”