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Online Gambling companies to lobby US Government

A lobbying organisation, that are representing a group of major online gambling companies, has estimated they have spent around $5.23million (£3.16m) on lobbying the United States government to over turn the UIGEA ban on payments to online gambling companies.

It has been reported that major players in the online gambling industry have been ploughing cash into the UC Group to apply pressure on the US Congress to change the current laws to online gambling. The UC Group have also applied some pressure on UK politicians, which they hope could also help the push for the change in legalisation of online gambling in the US.

They are currently acting for 10 online gambling companies that want to accept US players legally. Even Pokerstars, although are still accepting US players, is one of the companies that is backing the UC Group. Companies like Sportingbet endured momentous fall in profits when the US introduced the UIGEA law in 2006 and they have seen a number of large online gambling companies that have continued to accept US customers and had none or next to no objections from the US officials.

SecureTrading chairman Kobus Paulsen said "We are certain that our efforts will yield an open market for non-US based gaming operators." SecureTrading, which is part of the UC Group, sponsored Gambling Online Magazine’s annual Readers Choice Awards party, which we held at one of London’s premier hot spots.
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