Newest Adelson Rant Going Viral
Sheldon Adelson isn’t letting a little thing like an extended holiday weekend get in the way of his crusade against regulated online gambling in America.
On Sunday, a day that most Americans are likely using to shake off their lingering Thanksgiving food hangovers in front of a football game, Adelson published an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Review-Journal in response to a previous article by Howard Stutz, a Review-Journal writer covering the gambling beat.
And, apparently, once again Mr. Adelson has managed to anger a few people, who are already responding via Twitter and other platforms to complain about Adelson’s latest fulmination.
Writer Howard Stutz remarked via his own Twitter page that it “looks like Uncle Sheldon’s “Get off my lawn” edict to me viral.”
Newest piece is more of the same
For those who have been closely monitoring the Adelson situation and are familiar with his viewpoints on the issue of online gambling, his newest piece will come as more of the same.
Key points that Adelson – and many other opponents of the spread of regulated online poker and casino games, it should be noted – makes in calling for restrictions on Internet betting are concerns about job loss in land-based casinos, additional exposure for problem gamblers, and potential access to real money betting sites by minors.
1) Is it bad for the public and our society in general?
And 2) Is it bad or even dangerous for the gaming industry?
These questions serve mainly to continue the same thread Adelson has been unspooling all year, namely that he believes the answers are yes and yes, and that Adelson, who donated more than $100 million to GOP candidates and causes in 2012, wants others to believe so too.
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Adelson, who at 80 years old is the head of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the operator of such hotels as the Venetian in Las Vegas, the Sands Macau in the special gaming sector of China, and the Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, just to name a few, raised the ire of many in the gambling community earlier this month when it was revealed that he has assembled a small army to fight what he calls the “toxin” that is regulated Internet-based betting in the United States.
Or shall we say, re-raised it. Adelson isn’t exactly a hero amongst those who would like to see the game of real money online poker in addition to other casino games legalized, be it on a state by state basis or at the federal level.
Back in June, Adelson penned yet another op-ed piece that appeared on Forbes.com, in which he outlined the myriad reasons he believes online wagering is a scourge that ought to be banished from the U.S. From that time forward, Adelson has been a persona non grata to those in the gambling industry, some of whom have called for a boycott of Sands properties.
Whether Adelson’s trumpeting is being heard by those who aren’t already paying attention to the happenings in the world of casino gaming, both online and off, remains to be seen.
For the most part, the reaction to Adelson’s most recent efforts have been negative, with some calling him a hypocrite considering that he has grown extremely wealthy (in fact Adelson is the eleventh richest person in the United States) from his career in the land-based casino industry. Some have accused Adelson of splitting hairs in trying to make a moral distinction between brick and mortar casinos and their online counterparts.
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