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The Battle to Legalise Online Poker

The battle to legalise online poker in the United States is a continuing debate between two separate factions, those that want it legalised and those that do not. Sheldon Gary Adelson is the 16th wealthiest person in the world (8th in the United States) and Adelson does not believe that online poker should be legalised.

What may surprise the general public is that Adelson is the Chairman and CEO of the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a hotel that includes in its many offerings a brick and mortar poker room.

So why is Adelson, who has a net worth of $21.5 billion earned through gambling, so opposed to the legalisation of online poker?

Adelson has a fear of technology or more precisely that technology is not smart enough to prevent people from making wagers on the Internet. The Las Vegas Sands hierarchy have been quick to point out that these views are Adelson’s own personal views and not the views of the company that he is CEO of.

The observations, personal or otherwise, come as other brick and mortar operators such as Caesars Entertainment Corps. and MGM Resort International, have put their weight behind the legalisation of online poker and to allow casinos to offer it in the United States.

The debate over the legalisation of online poker in the United States has been a hot topic between casino executives in the past 12-months. US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid touted a plan to legalise online poker but the legislation was not introduced, this was just prior to the day the online poker world froze – now commonly known as Black Friday.

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Last Updated 17 January 2016
The Battle to Legalise Online Poker