Harry Reid: “Proliferation of Gambling on the Internet is Not Good for Our Country”

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If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, “I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime when you’ve got brick-and-mortar places, let alone something up in the sky someplace, and it is very bad for children.”

Yes, internet gambling is “something up in the sky someplace.”

Reid told the Review-Journal that he expects Republicans to initiate efforts to ban internet gambling when the new Congress convenes in January and, if that happens, he’ll be in favor of an exemption for online poker. “I think there will be efforts made to look at the Wire Act in a Republican-initiated Congress,” Reid told readers. “I think there will be efforts made to get rid of the Wire Act.”

According to the outgoing Senate Majority Leader, the only way to realize legalized online poker at the Federal level in the US is to prohibit other forms of online gambling in the process. He summarized, “Just to get poker alone is not going to work. We tried that.”

The Review-Journal explained the relationship that exists between Reid and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas Sands owner who has vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to rid the US of internet gambling. Reid was quoted as saying, “Sheldon Adelson and I have been friends for a long time, but on politics he and I don’t agree, so we don’t do politics. I’m glad he joined my position (against internet gambling).”

Did we mention the internet is “something up in the sky someplace”? Call it “series of tubes: the sequel.” Maybe we’ll see another remix:

Adelson’s bill, the Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)-led Restoring America’s Wire Act, would have extinguished online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it’s legal. It’s unclear if there would have been a carve-out for poker or whether New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware would have been able to keep their industries intact.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I saw somewhere, probably in a internet tube, that small children are being beheaded, for believing in something that their parents told them.

    But hey, this internet gambling shit is getting serious.

    Lord, it’s time for more locusts, floods, fire, you know, stuff to get our attention, again.

    • I enjoy the blatant biased satiric writing style. Wp

      Thanks, Aaron. It’s kind of disturbing to me that lawmakers charged with regulating the internet have no idea what the internet is. It’d be like me making laws about particle physics.

    • Thanks, Aaron. It’s kind of disturbing to me that lawmakers charged with regulating the internet have no idea what the internet is. It’d be like me making laws about particle physics.

      That holds true for most of what our lawmakers regulate. You really think they are experts on everything?

    • That holds true for most of what our lawmakers regulate. You really think they are experts on everything?

      Depends if it is in the bible or not, so yeah, everything

    • why can’t you separate poker from other forms of gambling online?

      Why can’t you support freedom for freedom’s sake instead of only the kinds of freedom you prefer?

    • Why can’t you support freedom for freedom’s sake instead of only the kinds of freedom you prefer?

      Money,promises and Big Favors..That sound about right to you??? Big Casinos/Big Buisness are backing his Campaign(pockets) Fund. LOL. When everything is said and done, Money always speaks louder than Right or Wrong.
      My Humble Opinion,
      Anthony655

    • What makes this guy think its his decision whether or not we have an open market? Who cares what he thinks? Its our freedom and if he doesn’t like it he can renounce his citizenship and become a dictator in China.

    • Start with legalizeing online poker and keep the table games and sportsbook only legal in cities were casino’s are legal or something… fine by me… I usually ask the online provider to block the casino version anyway….

    • lol ok does the blame go on the people responsible for voting this clown into office i say this jokingly though. But really what can be done? also i really think there should be a separation between online poker and online casino games for casino games you play against the house and poker is played between players. i have always wondered about politicians that live bigger than there public bank rolls is Harry one of these people i dont know but just a thought lol. People of Nevada its on your shoulders for you voted him in im a voter in my state and i havent had the option to vote or not to vote for this individual but i do my part in my state the best way i see fit. When Harry says gambling is he including poker as gambling which is not by definition at the federal level which it was defined previously in a federal court case at least i think it was but dont quote me on that. Only time will tell. gl gl on the tables ppl.

    • If you think gambling is bad for our country then take away the casino and the sports betting. Poker is a skilled sport. Sick of poker being called “Gambling”. Don’t get me wrong, it is to a form but gamble can be minimized. So sick of Adelson and all these others dick heads. Get a life and leave us alone. Poker players harm no one..

    • I thought Reid made a clear distinction between gambling and internet poker in his comments.

      Reid told the Review-Journal that he expects Republicans to initiate efforts to ban internet gambling when the new Congress convenes in January and, if that happens, he’ll be in favor of an exemption for online poker.

      He obviously sees a difference between the two. When it comes to where he stands on the two he sees them as separate issues. So to try and spin the the report by the Las Vegas Journal as Reid being against online poker is just dead wrong.

    • I thought Reid made a clear distinction between gambling and internet poker in his comments.

      Reid told the Review-Journal that he expects Republicans to initiate efforts to ban internet gambling when the new Congress convenes in January and, if that happens, he’ll be in favor of an exemption for online poker.

      He obviously sees a difference between the two. When it comes to where he stands on the two he sees them as separate issues. So to try and spin the the report by the Las Vegas Journal as Reid being against online poker is just dead wrong.

      No, he’s just against freedom.

    • I love how this puppet claims B&M is so clean. Let’s not forget who created Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Anything can be regulated like B&M’s have been. Online is no exception.

    • I love how this puppet claims B&M is so clean. Let’s not forget who created Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Anything can be regulated like B&M’s have been. Online is no exception.

      That’s not what he said, but who’s reading?

    • Money,promises and Big Favors..That sound about right to you??? Big Casinos/Big Buisness are backing his Campaign(pockets) Fund. LOL. When everything is said and done, Money always speaks louder than Right or Wrong.
      My Humble Opinion,
      Anthony655

      How does anything there address what I said and you quoted? You think I support Reid in this or something?