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So let's see:Internet gambling companies face a wave of consolidation in the wake of the US clampdown on online gaming, which could see American casinos and gambling businesses swooping for bargains in the sector...
1. The big Vegas names push for the U.S. ban on online gaming
2. Shares of foreign brands plummet and smaller brands go out of business
3. The big Vegas names take over the once successful, but now failing brands and exploit the experience, success, and brand recognition that they rightfully earned
4. The new Vegas owners of these brands continue to serve non-U.S. customers, while learning the ropes and gaining valuable experience that they have not yet been able to learn
5. After running the businesses for a while, they can give the "wink-wink" signal to the politicians that it's time to legalize and regulate the business in the U.S.
6. Then they will dominate the land-based U.S. market, the online U.S. market, and the online foreign market.
So, in effect, this move could be the beginning of a much larger conspiracy to strong-arm a hostile takeover of the industry. That would be downright scummy if that's what the true intent behind all this is. But, hey, that's the American way.
(NOTE: I do not necessarily believe this is what's happening, but it sure does seem to be a plausible explanation)