An Open Letter to Sheldon Adelson

Posted by Coffee December 3, 2013

Dear Mr. Adelson:

I am concerned about you. Since this summer, you have been ranting and raving about the dangers of online gambling and doing everything in your power to have it legislated out of existence. This past week, you told Forbes magazine that you were “willing to spend whatever it takes” in order to stop gambling from occurring via the internet.

First of all, it is very difficult for someone in your position to make this kind of argument. When your business is a potential competitor to the industry and there could potentially be some cannibalizing of your customer base, you simply cannot make the argument that this stance is anything but financially motivated. Las Vegas Sands Corporation, of which you are the majority owner, is one of the three largest land-based casino corporations in the world and reported a net income for FY 2012 of $1.52B. To claim, as you did, that competition has nothing to do with your stance seems misguided at best and perfidious at worst.

You also claim that your opposition is rooted in the notion that it will be impossible for websites and other online gambling providers to certify that underage or drug-impaired gamblers will not be using the site, while land-based casinos can better protect against this activity AND will have the added bonus of combating the use of casinos for money laundering. I am having trouble with conveying how truly specious this claim is.

No online casino has the ability to serve alcohol to its patrons, and I would be surprised if any such application is soon-to-come – we are not on the verge of becoming The Jetsons yet. On the other hand, most people know that land-based casinos are some of the best places to drink freely and cheaply, due to how liberally they serve alcohol. I have never observed one person being denied service, although I have heard that the Mafia-owned casinos of the 70s took more of a personal interest in their clients’ wellbeing than the corporations of today.

I also reject the notion that internet casinos have no ability to guard against money laundering. One of the key principles of money laundering is that it occurs in such a way that the “wash” is untraceable. As we have seen in scandal after scandal, nothing on the internet is untraceable. So, unless your money launderers don’t mind leaving a giant trail behind them, internet casinos would be a terrible way to go about their business.

Mr. Adelson, people are going to scratch whatever itch they have. Legislation of vice rarely causes the activity to cease. Usually, the sum effect is to create an underground market for it – I cite our country’s failed attempts to legislate against alcohol and drug use continue to illustrate this point. However, you are making all of us look bad by continuing your misguided crusade, particularly since what most poker players seem to want these days is legality and legitimacy. Quit trying to force us back into the shadows, please.

Sincerely,

Coffee

P.S. The Venetian is beautiful, but could you please turn down the aromatics a bit? I’d like to not walk out with a headache every time.

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