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Poker Player Tweets of the Week: Sheldon Adelson is evil

22 November 2013

In April, online poker launched in Nevada. Halloween marked the beginning of online gambling in Delaware. And on Tuesday, nine casino websites will go live in New Jersey.

Americans want online gambling. But Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, afraid of the business the iGaming industry could take from his land-based casinos, is staunchly staunchly against the movement. Adelson is now seeking a federal ban of Internet gambling.

Casino City's Aaron Todd outlined the top-10 reasons why Adelson's anti-online gambling stance is just plain wrong. The poker world is of course outraged at Adelson, and several pros took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the matter.

We won't spend the entire column bashing Adelson, because that would just be depressing and, quite frankly, overdone. This column is all about diversity and degeneracy.

But one tweet is just too good to pass up.

Friday, Nov. 22: Andy "@Andy_Bloch" Bloch
https://twitter.com/Andy_Bloch/status/403886391030861825

This is an incredible analogy. During Prohibition, bootleggers loved the fact that they had a monopoly on the distribution of alcohol. And why wouldn't they? When you have an in-demand product and the supply is limited, you can charge high markups and get rich.

But bootleggers were criminals, and criminals profit from black markets. No bar owner today would seriously advocate for a ban against alcohol at home because bar owners aren't evil. They probably value a person's right to drink wherever they want.

Adelson is evil. He doesn't oppose online gambling for moral reasons. He opposes it because he thinks it would hurt his business. And the best part -- he couldn't be more wrong. Adelson could easily have a piece of every part of the market by introducing his own brand of online casinos. This would be like a bar owner also owning a liquor store, thereby profiting off drinkers both at home and in the brick-and-mortar business. Adelson has an incredible opportunity to profit from online gambling. Instead, he's resigned to be a cranky, old man who wants online gambling to "get off his lawn."

Thursday, Nov. 21: Joe "@Stapes" Stapleton

Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

I don't want to add anything here other than that, during his power-lifting days, Arnold Schwarzenegger was famous for eating a post-workout meal consisting of an entire chicken and a pitcher of beer.

That is all.

Thursday, Nov. 21: Jeremy "@jeremyausmus" Ausmus

I don't know where the prejudice against Brussels sprouts came from (comedian Jim Gaffigan, well-known for his praise/critique of Hot Pockets and McDonalds, recently said they are a "cruel joke by God."), because they are easily among my top-five vegetables in the game right now. But I, like Jeremy Ausmus, also took a long time to discover this. I don't think I ever even tried a Brussels sprout until I was 23 years old.

Maybe the prejudice against Brussels sprouts comes from a poorly-cooked batch. I could see how Brussels sprouts would be worse than other badly prepared vegetables. But when done right, Brussels sprouts are meaty and delicious and serve as an excellent, filling side dish.

Next time you make some B-sprouts, try frying them in bacon grease before dousing them in a butter sauce and a heaping portion of chopped bacon. You can thank me later.

Thursday, Nov. 21: Xuan "@xxl23" Liu

Umm, four years ago? (If not earlier.)



Wednesday, Nov. 20: Dan "@dansmithholla" Smith

Dan Smith is roughly my age (24 years old). I, too, have never seen Star Wars. And I never plan to.

Dan, once you reach a certain point in your life, you just need to continue to hold out. I don't care about your millions of dollars in tournament poker earnings. Sixty years from now, when you look back on your life, you are going to only think about your regrets -- namely, that time you took the plunge and left the "I've never seen Star Wars club" in your mid-20s.

I, on the other hand, will die a happy man.
Poker Player Tweets of the Week: Sheldon Adelson is evil is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.