In a timely announcement given the media surge last week over New Jersey’s almost-there online gambling laws, the organizers of the iGaming Super Show have enlisted one of the gambling world’s most influential lobbyists as the event’s keynote speaker.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf is president of the American Gaming Association (AGA), a Washington, D.C.-based group that strives to create more economic opportunity for gambling in the U.S. Founded in 1995, the AGA focuses primarily on issues related to taxation and regulations.

Fahrenkopf announced last year that his organization, after years of resistance, would support the push to regulate online gambling in the U.S. He’s expected to elaborate on that support during his iGaming Super Show keynote speech, as well as provide specifics on what’s being done to get online gambling regulated in the United States.

That issue is vital not only to Internet casinos themselves, but casino affiliates faced with a tougher American payment processing landscape.

“With a new Congress in power and millions of Americans still placing bets online, Fahrenkopf will be exploring the prospects for moving the issue forward, and how that progress – or lack thereof – will affect the global online gambling market,” iGaming Business event organizers stated in a news release.

“The AGA fits within the iGaming Super Show model; they represent the commercial casino entertainment industry, addressing current US federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting their members and their employees and customers, such as federal taxation, regulatory issues, and travel and tourism,” the news release continued.

“We are thrilled that Frank Fahrenkopf has agreed to come and share his expertise with attendees of the iGaming Super Show,” said Alex Pratt, head of iGaming Business. “He is certainly a fascinating speaker, especially with all the exciting regulatory changes happening in the US currently.

Per organizers, the iGaming Super Show is designed as two shows in one: One half dedicated to the mainstream sector (software, payment solutions, etc.) and the other half dedicated solely to the gambling affiliate sector. The conference is expected to attract more than 2,500 delegates including operators, vendors, regulators, and affiliates (affiliates attend for free).

The iGaming Super Show will be held in Dublin from May 24th to 26th, 2011. Register, or get more details, here.


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