As a small business owner myself, I have seen firsthand how skill games can help keep my business afloat during tough economic times. It’s no surprise to me that Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, also recognizes the value of these games.
In his Op-ed, Mr. Miller talks about how he has helped the casino industry thrive and grow in Virginia, with reported revenues at an all-time high. However, he also acknowledges that big-time casino industry associations like the AGA are not always open to change and new ideas.
Despite this, Mr. Miller’s dedication to his industry is commendable. He has worked tirelessly to protect the interests of casinos and their employees, even if it means going up against perceived competition from skill games.
At the same time, it’s important to consider the impact that big-time casino giants and their lobbyists can have on small businesses like mine. As a result of their efforts to suppress skill games, many small business owners have had to fight hard for regulation, licensing and taxation in order to keep their businesses alive.
As someone who has experienced firsthand the struggles of running a small business, I believe that Mr. Miller should be more open to considering the perspectives of other small business owners when it comes to gaming regulations and policies. By working together and supporting each other’s efforts to succeed, we can create a more inclusive and sustainable gaming industry for everyone involved.