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Internet gaming challenges and issues in the state

MGN Online
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:51am

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman and the State Police Command Inspector for the Gaming Section presented the following information on Internet Gaming to the Louisiana Legislature this morning . Any inquiries should be directed to the Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section at Headquarters.  

From a regulatory standpoint, Internet Gaming presents a number of challenges and issues to consider.

 

  • The citizens of the state must have trust and confidence that companies and individuals involved in Internet Gaming are suitable.
  • Should include an application, background investigation, and licensing process similar to existing brick and mortar casinos.
  • Mirror existing suitability standards in Title 27
  • Licenses should be a privilege and the burden of proving suitability should be the applicant’s responsibility.
  • Specialized regulatory compliance that can ensure the systems and programs operate in a consistent and fair manner.
  • Clearly defined minimum standards for online gaming systems.
  • Ability to audit the systems to ensure revenues are collected and system controls are in place.
  • Appropriate testing and approval before games are available to the public.
  • Regulator access to systems and records.
  • Establish / publish rules of play.
  • Ability to detect violations of law, regulations and criminal activity.
  • Collusion / cheating between players.
  • Protections against hacking into online systems.
  • Identity Theft.
  • Patron Complaints
  • Specialized training to deal with these issues
  • Safeguards to adequately prevent underage and problem gamblers
  • Systems should interact with State and casino specific exclusion lists.
  • Delinquent child support database.
  • Can technology adequately ensure players are within the geographical boundary of the state?
  • The existing regulatory structure provides a good template to build upon.
  • Need flexibility to adapt to changing technology through administrative regulation vs law.
  • Possible resource needs.
  • Specialized positions in IT / Audit, Investigators with specialized IT training, and IT Network Security.

  

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