In the past months, Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO and Chairman, Sheldon Adelson has openly expressed disgust and anger against efforts to legalize Internet gambling in theUSincluding slot machines and table games. Now, Internet users and gambling aficionados are expressing their own dismay over the casino magnate’s stand against legalization of online gambling. According to tweets on the social networking site Twitter, the poker community is the first ever to react to this “plain wrong” stance. There are also casino news outlets online which dubbed Adelson’s lobbying to stop Internet gaming as evil. However, the poker community is outraged at the seemingly hypocritical and irrelevant advocacy of the casino mogul to throw virtual betting from this territory.
According to a tweet from Andy Bloch, Adelson’s stance against legal online gambling is likened to a “bar owner who is against alcohol in his home.” There are other feedback and comments about the huge issue which is now proliferating in the Internet gambling industry. Punters, analysts and other key players in the casino niche express their opinions in online forums and networking sites such as OnlineCasino.co. Based on some players’ opinions, the Las Vegas Sands executive is opposed to Internet gambling not because of moral reasons which he initially emphasized in his statement. He is working and lobbying to stop the legalization of Internet gaming because it would clearly hurt his business. Online betting is legal elsewhere particularly in the UK where punters could easily access games such as video slot machine, blackjack and poker using their mobile gadgets and device.
Brick and mortar casinos such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. will surely feel the impact of legalized Internet gambling, sources and analysts said. When it is much easier to play real money games such as slot machine through smartphones and tablets, people will no longer go to casinos such as those owned by Mr. Adelson, casino enthusiasts and critics expressed their insights regarding this controversy. Nonetheless, there are still those who believe that Adelson is making a big mistake because as they claim, he can also get incredible opportunities from mobile gaming.