GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 14 - October 2010

by J. Todd, Executive Director, APCW Yes, you read the headline on the page correctly. Normally I use this space to rail on the idiots who are ruining the reputation of the online gambling industry, impeding the progress of eventual regulation of our industry or otherwise making jackasses of themselves. In this issue, however, I’m doing a complete 180-degree about-face. That’s right, instead of adding someone to the APCW’s “Wall of Shame,” we’re actually hon- oring our first inductee into our “Hall of Fame.” Compared to four years ago, when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was shoved down our throats as an attachment to a Safe Ports bill in the U.S. Senate, there are now quite a few lawmakers here in the States who are working to license and regulate Internet gambling. Chief among them is Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who has been trying to undo the damage done by the UIGEA ever since its passage. But Frank isn’t our first inductee. He’s al- ways seen the light. Instead, in this issue, I want to honor a man who has recently seen the error of his ways. Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) supported the UIGEA and other legislation that sought to make Internet gambling illegal in past years. But this year, as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Campbell changed his mind on the issue, voting for Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act in committee. In fact, Campbell is one of 17 members of the House (so far) who has flip-flopped on the issue. And while at press time it remained to be seen whether the legisla- tion will receive a vote in the full House, it was a significant sea change for the online gambling industry in America. As I’ve said time and time again, it’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN the government acts to regulate the industry. Anyway, back to Campbell. I’m singling him out for three reasons. 1) He had the stones to admit that he was wrong. It takes a big man to do that. 2) He’s a Republican, and he bucked the party line (along with six other members of the com- mittee who voted for the bill). 3) He called Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) amendment to clarify that sports betting over the In- ternet would be illegal a “full employment bill for bookies.” I usually don’t laugh much dur- ing legislative hearings, but I’ll admit I laughed out loud at that comment. Hats off to you, Mr. Camp- bell. May your smart and logical arguments to regulate and license Internet gambling convince your friends and col- leagues to do the right thing, either in this session of Con- gress, or the next. The Association of Players, Casinos, and Webmasters (APCW) is where webmas- ters, players, affiliate managers, and ca- sino programs join together to fight for honesty, integrity, and transparency in the online gaming industry. Find out more at HALL OF FAME 72 APCW’s Hall of Fame