US Banning Internet Gambling is "Ludicrous and Downright Foolish"

Published on Mar 27th, 2014

On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States sans horse racing, which was given a carve-out. Among those groups weighing in on the bills is the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, or SSIGI. Needless to say, the organization was floored about the legislation, which follows the beliefs of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Read the Graham bill.

Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the Initiative, commented in a press release obtained by PocketFives, "The idea that Congress could or would ban internet gambling is ludicrous and downright foolish. Whether you like the idea of allowing access to internet gambling or not, Americans are currently wagering billions a year online, most of which occurs in an unregulated marketplace. Given the freedom of the internet, attempts to prohibit this activity have never worked and will never work."

According to the Poker Players Alliance and Las Vegas Review-Journal, the legislation from Graham and Chaffetz would shut down the regulated online poker rooms and internet gambling sites currently operating in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

To that end, Waxman pointed out, "While Federal oversight is needed, individual states should decide whether to allow internet gambling within their borders. Graham and Chaffetz should respect the right of each state, not force a rollback of an industry that has already started to flourish in the US."

The legislation appears to have come at the urging of Adelson (pictured), according to the SSIGI and others, leaving Waxman to call out the casino giant: "It's laughable and completely disingenuous that a casino mogul would come out so forcefully against gambling online because, in his view, it's the only way to protect consumers. While Adelson preaches the need for prohibition, I certainly hope clearer heads prevail and acknowledge his actions are purely driven by bottom-line greed to the detriment of what's truly best for consumers."

You might recall that during a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing on internet gambling, it was revealed that the Venetian in Las Vegas, a Sands property, promotes and offers a mobile sports book, which caused one lawmaker to call its lobbyist "hypocritical." Read about the hearing here.

We'll keep you posted on the latest poker legislation news right here on PocketFives.

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Comments

  1. "The idea that Congress could or would ban internet gambling is ludicrous and downright foolish. Whether you like the idea of allowing access to internet gambling or not, Americans are currently wagering billions a year online, most of which occurs in an unregulated marketplace. Given the freedom of the internet, attempts to prohibit this activity have never worked and will never work."

    The whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

  2. When is this sheldon fuck gonna die already?

  3. I think Sheldon Adelson should be he "poster-boy" for retroactive abortion.

  4. Sheldon's big problem is that he's being made the posterboy for the greedy moneygrubbers in Vegas who oppose internet gambling (I'm talking to you too Steve Wynn). If it were some church lady from middle America voicing concerns that would carry more weight that the likes of Adelson, Graham, Chaffetz and their kind being the mouthpiece. Anyone who falls for this drivel is actually stupider than they are, if that's possible. How can horse race wagering be made safe to protect the young but online poker can't? Just the fact that these whores create legislation with a carve out for this industry, to the exclusion of all others shows you all you need to know. I bet if someone created a bill to outlaw horse racing that this shit would be dropped in a heartbeat. Graham and Chaffetz are pimping for dollars. Shameful given the need for revenue is so great and poker has the potential to help pay the bills through some taxation.

  5. definitely dont live in the land of the free.

  6.  
    Originally Posted by ralpheeboy View Post

    When is this sheldon fuck gonna die already?

    he looks like he died about 5 years ago, look at his cold dead eyes in that pic

  7. Bahahhaha he does look like someone reanimated him some time ago. Put him back under people!

  8. HORSE RACING CARVE OUT

    WHAT THE FK

    BLINDERS ON PUT THE BLINDERS ON

    HYPOCRITICAL HORSE SHIT {PUN INTENDED}

    POKER CARVE OUT POKER CARVE OUT? GAMES OF SKILL SHOULD DEF BE CARVED OUT

    HORSE RACING IS NOT SKILL THATS FOR SURE,KEEPING HORSE RACING IS LIKE COMPARING ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA

    TO HORSE RACING AND POKER

    THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR ALONG TIME BUT ALCOHOL AND HORSE RACING GOT THE OK,WHILE MARIJUANA AND POKER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TABOOOOOOOOO

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  9.  
    Originally Posted by double_kyan View Post

    HORSE RACING CARVE OUT

    WHAT THE FK

    BLINDERS ON PUT THE BLINDERS ON

    HYPOCRITICAL HORSE SHIT {PUN INTENDED}

    POKER CARVE OUT POKER CARVE OUT? GAMES OF SKILL SHOULD DEF BE CARVED OUT

    HORSE RACING IS NOT SKILL THATS FOR SURE,KEEPING HORSE RACING IS LIKE COMPARING ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA

    TO HORSE RACING AND POKER

    THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR ALONG TIME BUT ALCOHOL AND HORSE RACING GOT THE OK,WHILE MARIJUANA AND POKER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TABOOOOOOOOO

    Horse racing and alcohol have better lobbyists.

  10.  
    Originally Posted by double_kyan View Post

    HORSE RACING CARVE OUT

    WHAT THE FK

    BLINDERS ON PUT THE BLINDERS ON

    HYPOCRITICAL HORSE SHIT {PUN INTENDED}

    POKER CARVE OUT POKER CARVE OUT? GAMES OF SKILL SHOULD DEF BE CARVED OUT

    HORSE RACING IS NOT SKILL THATS FOR SURE,KEEPING HORSE RACING IS LIKE COMPARING ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA

    TO HORSE RACING AND POKER

    THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR ALONG TIME BUT ALCOHOL AND HORSE RACING GOT THE OK,WHILE MARIJUANA AND POKER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TABOOOOOOOOO

    We can walk around with 2 ounces of weed legally in colorado but no regulated online poker thats just bad, kids might play that shit online...haha

  11. Horse racing got carved out because the states had a compact to have simulcasts of there respective tracks. Horse racing in the 1980's was a failing business as it is today. The tracks got together and reached agreements to simulcast there races and each getting a percent of money wagered . This was done in the 80's. After the tracks realized that simulcasting on it's own would not save the sport they started pushing for Racino's in the 90's and most got them by present day. The Racino's have basically killed Horse Racing as if wasn't dead already.

    The greedy Horse owners are the only people who made money through this whole process . The workers never saw any big change in pay and now the corporations that own the once empty racetracks have become giants in the gaming industry like Penn National.

 
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