Ex Party Gaming CEO Rumoured to join Harrah’s
The Las Vegas gaming group, Harrah’s, is said to be hiring Mitch Garber the former chief executive of Party Gaming to be the head of Harrah’s new internet operations and the World Series of Poker.
This move is further fuelling rumours that Harrah’s will be moving into the online gaming sector which is looking more and more likely to be legalized in America. US Congressman Barney Frank is currently attempting to repeal the UIGEA and introduce his own legislation which will authorize and regulate online gaming in the US which is predicted to be in place within a matter of weeks. Gary Loveman, CEO and Chairman of Harrah’s even predicted in November 2007 that online poker would be legalized in 2009 with the possibility of the launch of a WSOP branded online poker site.
This could also mean that more US gambling companies will follow Harrah’s move and open up online operations.
Garber resigned from his position as CEO of Party Gaming last year after helping the company after the UIGEA in 2006. Further controversy has surround the company after prosecutors claimed the company had been illegally offering Internet gaming to US players and had been disguising payments of winnings to US customers. This lead to the former officer and director of the company, Anurag Dikshit, pleading guilty for these crimes and going on to pay $300 million to the US government.