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A former gaming regulator speaks out about possible online gaming in Nevada

Guy W. Farmer recently spoke out in a recent Nevada Appeal article about his opposition to Congress’s potential internet poker bill, claiming that as a former gaming regulator he witnessed the negative consequences of unregulated gambling and fears online poker would hurt the Nevada industry greatly.

“If you want Nevada to survive, you don’t open that door,” Farmer quoted Eric Dale, general manager of Baldini’s Sports Casino in Sparks, as saying.

It seems the states gaming industry is split on the issue, both sides claiming that the internet gambling bill could either positively or negatively affect Nevada gaming. For those in support, Farmer’s article asks the question: how would you regulate the industry and collect tax revenue, even if it was beneficial. He claims the inability to regulate gaming on the internet is the main reason Congress formerly opposed the idea and why it could hurt the Nevada market.