Billionaire Casino and Resort mogul Sheldon Adelson is continuing his opposition to online gambling as one of his puppets, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is introducing a bill that would make all forms of online gambling illegal in the United States. Adelson is the owner of the Las Vegas Sands and has long been against online gambling as he sees it as a threat to his in person on site brick and mortar casino interests. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has co-sponsored the bill with Graham. Adelson is a major donor to Republican candidates.
Adelson has not been able to buy off all of the Republicans, however, as one Republican has seen the light. Republican Representative Joe Barton has introduced a promising bill known as the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015. Barton’s bill was touted as being for the right of people to play the “All-American Game.”
The Republican Party is being shaken up by another Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, who owns a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and a hotel that is the tallest building in Las Vegas. The GOP lost a lot of support from people that would normally be inclined to vote with them ever since the disastrous 2006 internet gambling payment method debacle that tied up millions of dollars in money that belonged to American players.
Barton’s impressive bill takes into account measures to prevent underage players and protection from fraud while making sure the poker itself is legitimate and fair.
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