Sheldon Adelson at it again

Billionaire and casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson seems to be at it again. The 79 year old is now outlining a plan for a new anti-online-gaming campaign, just a few months after his initial public criticism of the industry.

Back in June, Adelson wrote an article for Forbes Magazine where he criticised and condemned the online gaming industry including online casino, poker and other forms of gambling, describing the activity as “fool’s gold” and warning of the dangers of problem gambling in online environments. He also made an appeal to the US government to ban all forms of online gaming throughout the nation as it was, according to his views, “a societal train wreck waiting to happen.”

At that point there was massive outcry and opposition by the online gaming community, especially the online poker industry, many of whom decided to boycott Adelson’s properties. He was branded as narrow-minded, selfish, self-serving and inaccurate. This opposition doesn’t seem to have had any effect on Adelson since he now is re-enforcing his anti-online-gambling campaign.

Many are taking his newest initiative lightly, but the online gambling community should be wary for his influence and money can go a long way. Both his numerous and quantious donations to the Republican Party and his network of influential politicians can be used as assets in Adelson’s quest to ban online gaming.

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