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Internet Gambling a Hot Topic at G2E 2013

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LAS VEGAS - The world's biggest gaming convention kicks off in Las Vegas this week. Thousands of people are in town to attend the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). This year, Internet gambling is expected to be the hot topic.

Hundreds of gaming manufacturers will showcase their innovative Internet gaming, or iGaming, technology this week. They say iGaming represents the future of this industry.

Governor Brian Sandoval (Nevada-R) signed historic legislation this year, clearing the way for Internet betting sites to operate in Nevada. Two sites are already running.

Two more states – New Jersey and Delaware – have also legalized online poker. Other states are considering legalizing online gaming.

Some discussion at G2E will focus on geo-location technologies that ensure no one is gambling from a place where gambling is illegal. The show will also examine age verification technologies that ensure no underage people are gambling online.

"There's a lot of best practices around the world on how you can properly roll out or regulate an online gambling environment for customers that's safe and secure," said  American Gaming Association Vice President of Communications Holly Wetzel. "So, that's what our goal is. So, that's what the discussion is centering around here."

Wetzel says safeguards are crucial to online gambling's success.

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