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Sheldon Adelson (L), his wife and the mayor of Jerusalem in a completely unrelated picture with guys in 18th century costumes.

There’s a socially responsible effort on the part of the man who gave us the $400 million Republican campaign that elected no one: 79-year-old casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is planning a public campaign to raise awareness of the perils of online gaming.

Adelson made headlines in June with an attack in Forbes magazine against online gaming, which he described as “fool’s gold” and said it allowed players to “lose their house” with the click of a mouse.

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He called for the U.S. Government to ban online gaming nationwide, because it was “a societal train wreck waiting to happen.”

Of course, online bans always worked so well in the past, you have to be a fool not to tery and impose another one.

You see, when you lose your house at the Las Vegas Sands, proud possession of Sheldon Adelson, at least you get out of the house first, you talk to people, catch a show – then you lose the house. But sitting in your basement, moving a pathetic mouse about, that’s no way to lose your house!

Three U.S. states—Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey—regulate online gaming, but more states want in on a good thing, which is probably why Adelson is launching his campaign: Get them when they’re little.

I mean, all he has to do is convince the states not to bring in double what they’re getting in their lotteries. Shouldn’t be hard.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. New Jersey's on-line gambling law, which just went into effect, prohibits people from other states from gambling on-line in NJ casinos. That's because interstate online gaming is prohibited by a variety of Federal statutes. The casinos are checking e-mail addresses to verify that they're from NJ. I'm sure that's gonna work real well.

    As for Adelson, he's the lowest of the low, and is giving Birthright Israel a black eye.

  2. Dan Silagi, don't be foolish. I know shelly and do not believe he is good for us, but to say he is a gonif goes a bit to far. He owns casinos and is in business to make money. If you are foolish enough to bet thousands and loose you do not deserve to be paid back.
    What's a smart guy who went to the U of Chicago doing in a joint like the sands anyway?

  3. I am not going to touch that one! I could just imagine me telling my wife she cannot go and spend money, whether it was in a casino or a shopping center. She would chop head off! We have only been together for 48 years and I would like to keep my head for a few more years!

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