He’s Back: Sheldon Adelson Continues Crusade Against Internet Gambling

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We hope you enjoyed the break. For about four weeks, the online poker industry didn’t have to hear about Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson‘s one-man crusade to rid the United States of internet gambling forever. However, according to TownHall, the ageless wonder is back, and the chalkboard-scratching is louder than ever.

TownHall explained in an article published on Wednesday, “Adelson (pictured) received a private briefing with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee in the second week of January. The meeting sends a strong signal that the billionaire, who is one of the most generous contributors to Republican candidates and campaigns ever, will not retreat away from his desire to outlaw legal and regulated internet gaming by the states.”

The site continued, “Sources familiar with Adelson’s lobbying describe the meeting as both a strategy session and an update for the gambling mogul.”

Adelson has said he’d spend “whatever it takes” to rid the US of the evil that is online gambling. He recruited minions like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and created the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. One of his minions even called those who gamble online “chumps” like we were on some schoolyard playground.

According to the Poker Players Alliance, we were dangerously close to seeing Adelson’s legislation passed at the end of the 2014 Congressional session. Seemingly, poker players can thank House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA, pictured), who despite championing the UIGEA nine years ago, turned down Adelson’s requests for a hearing during the lame duck session. According to TownHall, Goodlatte is a staunch proponent of the Tenth Amendment and considers Adelson’s bill a threat to it.

Speaking of the PPA, the organization’s Executive Director, John Pappas, told PocketFives on Wednesday, “The TownHall article underscores the unseemly nature of our opponent’s advocacy. Flexing political muscle for policy gains is not the type of governance the American people expect or respect. Congress should have a public discussion on the merits of public policy, not private meetings with political mega-donors.”

According to TownHall, Adelson spent more than $90 million toward GOP candidates and causes in 2014. His casinos include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. Why anyone would play at or visit any of these casinos is beyond this author’s comprehension.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest poker legislation news.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. How can he have any credibility when his reasoning behind outlawing online gambling is contradictory to his interest in brick and mortar casinos? its like Phillip Morris pushing for a ban on e-cigs claiming they’re dangerous to ones health.

    • How can he have any credibility when his reasoning behind outlawing online gambling is contradictory to his interest in brick and mortar casinos? its like Phillip Morris pushing for a ban on e-cigs claiming they’re dangerous to ones health.

      He has a ton of money, which might be worth more than anything else.

    • He has a ton of money, which might be worth more than anything else.

      so he’s like 82yrs old. death pool anyone? cant have anymore than like 3 years left

    • I love how PFives manages to find pix of Sheldon that are goofier with each passing article. Well played!

    • lol? I’m completely and totally against Adelson’s stance on online gambling obviously. Those wishing death on him, however, are classless.

    • Adel son’s 90 mil is change compared to the 1 billion the Koch brothers plan to give to republican causes like banning online poker in 2016.
      Please think before you vote.

    • Adel son’s 90 mil is change compared to the 1 billion the Koch brothers plan to give to republican causes like banning online poker in 2016.
      Please think before you vote.

      The Koch brothers are not in favor of banning online gambling. Research before you vote.

    • The Koch brothers are not in favor of banning online gambling. Research before you vote.

      I beg your pardon. The Koch brothers only donate hundreds of millions of dollars to republican political candidates who favor a ban of online poker. A big difference ? I think not.

    • I beg your pardon. The Koch brothers only donate hundreds of millions of dollars to republican political candidates who favor a ban of online poker. A big difference ? I think not.

      During the 2012 presidential race most Republicans didn’t care or even supported states rights for online gambling. It wasn’t until Mit Romney visited the mans name I shall not speak, and that man donated $10 million to his campaign. Within 24 hrs after that donation Romney’s site was updated stating that he intended to ban online gambling. My point is its not really a democrat or republican issue. It’s a who will take that mans money issue. Gary Johnson 2016!

    • I beg your pardon. The Koch brothers only donate hundreds of millions of dollars to republican political candidates who favor a ban of online poker. A big difference ? I think not.

      Lol that actually is a big difference.

    • Eric Holder, Obama’s boy brought us Black Friday, they could have elected not to prosecute like they do on so many laws. Think before you vote.

    • Eric Holder, Obama’s boy brought us Black Friday, they could have elected not to prosecute like they do on so many laws. Think before you vote.

      Make no mistake about it my friend, Republicans gave you the UIGEA and hence Black Friday. Let’s not pretend the tooth fairy left a quarter under your pillow, that was your momma.

    • I love how PFives manages to find pix of Sheldon that are goofier with each passing article. Well played!

      It’s all about Google Images. This one I got by searching “Sheldon Adelson evil”.