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Sheldon Adelson Fighting Scourge of Online Gambling

He says it's “a societal train wreck waiting to happen.” Unlike casino gambling, of course.

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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.

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

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.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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