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Indiana’s $2 billion gaming industry is waiting to see what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for casinos throughout the state.
Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association, says he’s optimistic about the gaming industry, nationwide, under the Trump administration.
Freeman thinks 2017 could see significant evolvements in sports betting, which has been illegal since 1992.
“President-elect trump has expressed his views on sports betting, and appears to agree that current law has failed,” Freeman says.
Freeman is pointing to a comment from about a year ago where Trump said he was “ok” with sports betting because he says people do it regardless.
Ed Feigenbaum is editor of the Indiana Gaming Insight newsletter. He says significant changes to gaming at the federal level would be a “heavy lift” for Trump.
“A lot of the states believe that under the 10th amendment they’ve got the right to regulate that type of activity within their state,” says Feigenbaum.
He says he hopes to see advancements in online gaming, like internet poker, at the state level in the next year.