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Adelson’s Online Gambling Ban Omitted from Final Spending Bill
- December 10, 2014 By Oliver Young -
Online gambling fans do not need to worry anymore after the US Congressional spending bill was published without any information about banning internet gambling in the United States. As was reported on Review Journal, on Thursday the budget of $1.1 trillion was presented to the public and not a single word in it signalised that online gambling may not be allowed to US citizens.
One of the companies to first comment on the bill was Caesars Entertainment Corporation, an operating company that owns several online casinos and gaming sites in New Jersey and Nevada. “We believe that banning Internet gaming is bad public policy from our perspective,” was the statement given by Caesars Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jan Jones Blackhurst. He also added that they are very pleased that the issue will be discussed openly instead of being hidden in spending bills.
Both online gambling operators and online players were impatient to find out more about the bill after Sheldon Adelson revealed his pet project known as RAWA, which means Restoring America’s Wire Act.
Online Gambling Won This Battle
The bill by many is seen as a won battle, but the war will is probably not over yet. However, many parties that were concerned by the final decision of the Government whether to include or not RAWA in the bill expressed their delight. Some of the loudest were the people in charge of Poker Players Alliance.
John Pappas, the executive director of PPA, congratulated his Twitter followers for making their voice heard. Rich Muny, the Vice President of the same organisation, said how terrific this whole situation is and he also thanked all the people who helped online gambling for staying strong and blasting Capitol Hill with e-mails, Facebook posts, phone calls, Tweets, and personal visits. Muny also added that without these strong willed people, the lawmakers could’ve thought that they can push Adelson’s project and reward him without stirring the public.
Adelson Is Constantly Working Against Online Gambling
Sheldon Adelson is constantly working against online gambling. Many people wonder why one of the top 10 richest Americans has such a strong opinion when it comes to online gambling. However, he is the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and a representative of the Sands Corporation. Taken into account that this is one of the largest companies in the land based gambling industry, it is very understandable why he sees online gambling as a treat. Earlier this year in June, there were allegations that Adelson donated illegally $1 million to support the re-election of Tom Corbett. That step was just another try to prevent legalization of internet gambling and harm the online gaming industry.
Adelson then said that he would do anything it takes to stop the dream of legal online gaming to come true. Therefore, unidentified lobbyist recently expressed opinion that Adelson will probably continue to push his project and won’t give up easily.