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Weekly Update: Sheldon Adelson to spend up to $100 million on this year’s Senate races, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations An article in yesterday’s Daily Caller — Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson Takes $100 Million Gamble on GOP Senate — should give every poker advocate pause because, while the title may indicate that it is about securing a GOP Senate, it is really about Adelson securing support for his pet issues. And, as we all know, online poker falls squarely within his crosshairs.

“Last year, Adelson also launched a high-stakes lobbying drive to enact legislation that would ban Internet gambling, an industry that competes with his casinos. Although Adelson has couched the issue in moral terms – citing the risks that Internet gambling poses to children – the legislation would also help his casinos fend off an online threat to their bottom line. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a measure to ban Internet gambling just months after his campaign got a $15,000 contribution from the casino mogul, who also hosted a Vegas fundraiser for Graham. “I’m willing to spend whatever it takes” to stop online gaming, Adelson vowed in a Forbes interview.”

Worse, Las Vegas Sands VP of Government Relations Andy Abboud has taken the lead in discussions with the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity. And, as we all know, Andy Abboud is the person tasked by Adelson to spearhead his anti-online poker fight.

“Adelson aide Andy Abboud attended at least one of this year’s semi-annual Koch conferences for its wealthy allies and is quite active with AFP, according to two conservatives familiar with the Koch network. At the January Koch conference in the Palm Springs area, Abboud led a discussion that drew many wealthy donors, say two attendees.”

While the fight may seem quiet to some right now, as you can see it is anything but. Adelson and his lobbyists lobby Congress, governors, and statehouses every day on the online poker issue. It is incumbent upon us, the poker community, to do the work needed now to prepare for a “November surprise” (anti-online poker legislation in the lame duck session…the mechanism used to pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006) and to stay on offense in this fight.

So, to keep us strong in the fight, please be sure to join or renew your PPA membership. At just $15/year, it’s the best bet in poker. And, of course, please visit the Poker Daily Action Plan page, the plan by which we can all take a stand via social media in just minutes that I mentioned last week, and participate each day.

Can I count on you to join with us to fight the fight?

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, I was joined by Michelle Minton, Competitive Enterprise Institute’s fellow specializing in consumer policy, FDA regulation of non-pharmaceuticals, alcohol regulation, food and beverage regulation, and Internet gambling.

Michelle has coauthored several studies, including topics like sin taxes and alcoholic beverage regulation. Minton’s analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as industry blogs and publications. She regularly appears on radio programs, including “the G. Gordon Liddy Show” and “Thom Hartman Show,” as well as international television programs.

Michelle holds a B.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the Competitive Enterprise Institute she led the video production department of a boutique digital marketing firm.

In her free time, she enjoys competing in a poker league, reading and studying the art and history of making beer (profile adapted from Michelle’s bio at

You won’t want to miss this one!

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Virginia Law Enforcement Speaks Out Against Adelson Bill – Poker News Daily (09/03/2014)

Can Chess and Poker Converge? – PokerFuse (09/03/2014)

Rumor Mill: Who Is Behind the Anti-PokerStars Op-Eds in NJ? – NJ Poker Online (09/02/2014)

Online Gaming Bill Expected to be Introduced in the Bahamas – PokerNews (09/02/2014)

Local poker room to reopen – The Times Herald (09/02/2014)

FanDuel Raises $70 Million as Daily Fantasy Sports Battle Heats Ups – Wall Street Journal (09/02/2014)

A Look Back: The State of Poker in 2009 – PocketFives (09/02/2014)

Can the Nevada Online Poker Market Support More Operators? – PokerFuse (09/02/2014)

Mexico to Introduce New Bill to Regulate Online Poker on September 9 – PokerFuse (09/02/2014)

NCSL Passes Resolution Opposing Federal Online Gambling Ban – Poker News Daily (09/01/2014)

Coed poker offers low-stakes fun in Sun City Center – The Tampa Tribune (08/28/2014)
Coed poker offers low-stakes fun in Sun City Center - The Tampa Tribune (08/28/2014)

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