Operators Discuss Future Of E-GamingPublished September 30, 2002 by OCR Editor
Online gambling was the topic of last month's Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. The Gaming Expo enabled gaming operators to share their thoughts and observations on the matter.
A number of companies feel hesitant about the prospects of internet gaming in the Industry and believe it is only a matter of time that online gaming becomes a thing of the past. Ellis Landau, head financial official of Boyd Gaming Corp. said, "We don't build billion dollar casinos so people can play blackjack in their living rooms."
After thirteen years Atlantic City will open its doors, to introduce The Borgate, a hotel and casino. Mr. Landau feels confident and anticipates The Borgate to be a success. The president and head operating official of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., Gary Loveman has similar feelings on the issue. He believes that the plan to expand casino venues throughout the country looks promising; since people enjoy traveling to different places in order to experience new "gambling cultures".Mr. Loveman further commented on the issue of online gambling. He said, "I don't know that Internet gambling is the right medium to deliver our product."
On the other hand, MGM Mirage along with other companies feel more hopeful that online gaming will stand its ground in the industry. They have already started to test it out abroad where it is legal.