Sheldon Adelson is a self-interested, lying, hypocritical, and extremely wealthy man. He is essentially single handedly backing the fight against USA legal, regulated online poker. He has plenty of Congressmen in his pocket so he can get his way. I hope all of you watch this nine-minute video (less necessary if you know Sheldon’s true colors already) and realize the extent of this man’s hypocrisy. All of the arguments he makes (which seems suspect anyway) completely fall apart given the facts that:
- It’s far easier for someone to gamble underaged in Sheldon’s own casinos (the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas; he owns many more also including the Sands in Bethlehem, PA) than it is for one to gamble underaged on WSOP.com, a legal, regulated online poker site which has real protections against it (Yes, one can play on mom or dad’s account if mom or dad allows it, but this is still more secure than the casino. Also, facial recognition software could be a way around the status quo online.)
- The Venetian and Palazzo offer their own form of mobile gaming!!! I actually was unaware of this pre-video, but the hypocrisy is truly astonishing.
It’s a shame that our political process can be influenced so much by a hypocrite like Sheldon Adelson, who is looking out for the best interests of not a single person but himself.
edit – Thanks to Tim James for making the video. Thanks also to my friend Jason Dollinger for bringing it to my attention.