Legal Gaming provides technical expertise to states considering regulating and taxing online wagering. Our board consists of lawyers, web developers, programmers, and experts in digital security.

During the last decade software developed by members of our board has successfully processed tens of millions of ACH and credit card transactions, securely and accurately.  We have also compiled a list of over 180,000,000 authenticated users that assists in safeguarding businesses from unscrupulous users while protecting customer data .

 

According to Forrester Research, 85% of internet users are still concerned when submitting personal and financial information online. In response to this growing problem LG has developed CD Lock, a breakthrough deterrent that insures account holder identity while safeguarding players and online gaming websites.

CDLock utilizes a specially encoded mini-CD which vendors and private individuals must engage when submitting credit card transactions and accessing account information. Each CDLock mini-CD is uniquely encoded and ‘bound’ to the account holder via a special Username and Password and a 4-8 digit PIN code. This ensures that a transaction cannot be completed unless the mini-CD is engaged within the PC’s CD player and the account holder passes each security check.

Legal Gaming works on behalf of internet entrepreneurs and millions of recreational gamers who are currently disenfranchised by the antiquated and protectionist policies of the US federal government.  Our lobbyists are supplied with tools to effectively educate legislators about the benefits of legalized online gaming. 

"We believe that it is logical to assume that the US market will eventually regulate given the potential implications for US tax take, if nothing else. "
- Goldman Sachs

In 1961 the US passed the Interstate Wire Act, a law intended to prevent wagering across state lines. With the advent of the internet this law was initially cited as governing online gaming, even though its language was antiquated when applied to the Web. Anticipating a challenge to the law, the US passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, which made processing payments for gambling sites illegal. Steps are now well underway to reverse this law.

The downturn in the US economy, particularly in the housing market, has left an extreme budget gap for many states, which can no longer rely on property taxes to fund public works. Several of these cash-strapped states are now seriously considering online gaming as a potential solution.

According to a congressional study, the US government could raise $58 billion over 5 years by allowing Americans to gamble online and tax their winnings. Furthermore creation of an online gaming industry in the US could produce an estimated 32,000 jobs.

Several nations have decided to end criminalization of online gaming in favor of tax-and-regulate models. The European Commission has stated that prohibition is not enforceable and has encouraged a state-level licensing solution. Example: recognizing that prohibition had failed, the French Parliament passed a law in 2010 that legalizes online betting beginning in 2012. Italy and Spain have followed suit. Is the US next?

Congressman Barney Frank is one notable proponent of online gaming and he has authored a bill respective of that, which has gained bipartisan support. We touch on the legislative initiatives going on throughout America in the legal section of this report. Ultimately we maintain, like Goldman Sachs, that legalization is imminent.

Despite a brutal economic downturn, global online gaming profits rose from US$20 billion in 2008 to $26 billion in 2010. This dramatic rise occurred in a climate where many nations still prohibit wagering online. As more countries, including the vast US market, begin to permit internet gaming, a concomitant rise in global revenues is to be logically expected.

Goldman Sachs projects a legalized US online gaming market to be worth $12 billion per year: “The poker market alone could be worth US$6billion and casino games project to match or even exceed that amount.”

GAMING MARKET STILL EXPANDING

According to comScore, 32 million U.S. residents visited online gambling sites in the month of October 2010 alone. That was up 114% from the previous month and in an environment where it is still illegal and very difficult to deposit funds at gambling sites.

ONLINE POKER MARKET BOOMING

Pokerstars.com, a leading internet poker house, achieved a simultaneous player record with over 300,000 players on approximately 46,000 tables. But this figure represents only a fraction of the total number of active poker accounts. There are 2.9 million active poker accounts in the US alone.

These figures are expected to grow exponentially post-legalization, follow-ing a trend established in Europe and Asia.


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