Adelson Renews Anti Online Gambling Lobby

Published Sunday, September 25, 2016 -
Adelson Renews Anti Online Gambling Lobby

The legality of online casinos in America is being questioned on a number of fronts with the anti internet betting lobby groups spending enormous amount of money to convince the political establishment to outlaw the activity.

The anti-online gambling groups are not just located in the USA but also in Australia and other jurisdictions. The most consistent group that has been working at discrediting the online gambling industry is the Sheldon Adelson, the owner of very big land based casinos in Vegas and China backed Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling .

The American Gaming Association has rallied against the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and has stated that internet betting is here to stay and it is impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. It is obvious the last session of Congress has not made headway on the issue of federal laws regarding  online gambling and Sheldon Adelson is spending big to get his message that internet betting is bad into the ears of America’s lawmakers. An Adelson ally is making yet another attempt at getting a ban on online gambling through the Congress. Senator Tom Cotton, introduced a new bill. S.3376 last week and dated September 21. The bill was read and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Congressional website stated, ‘A bill to ensure the integrity of laws enacted to prevent the use of financial instruments for funding or operating online casinos are not undermined by legal opinions not carrying the force of law issued by Federal Government lawyers.’

Asked for a quick comment on the interpretation of S.3376, Rich Muny of the millions strong Poker Players Alliance  said, “Cotton is a strident online poker opponent. He co-sponsors RAWA and is now taking a shot at the DoJ interpretation of the Wire Act. Adelson is still spending a lot on lobbying for an online poker ban. And with Sen. Reid retiring, it seems like this year’s lame duck session will see a big push from Adelson for a ban.”


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