Sheldon Adelson’s recent broadside against online poker – and the response that it generated – got me thinking about some of the underlying issues involved in how advocates for online poker regulation approach criticism from the likes of Mr. Adelson.
I put some of those thoughts together in an article for QuadJacks: “Please Stop Writing Responses to Sheldon Adelson.”
The gist of the article is that rebuttals – at this point – are likely counterproductive and only serve to strengthen Adelson’s influence.
And I propose the foundations of a response strategy to his criticisms – and the myriad like his sure to follow in the months and years ahead – that I hope will be more effective than the temporarily-satisfying act of directly responding with a rebuttal.
One point that I think is especially important comes at the end of the article, so I wanted to quickly highlight it here:
Online gambling is fundamentally different than land-based gambling. And it’s a new phenomenon to most of the mainstream. That invites a fear of the unknown that requires a disproportionate response from regulators and the marketplace to overcome.
Adelson is playing on that fear. The only response is for poker advocates to demand that regulators require – and the market delivers – comprehensive, intuitively airtight solutions to these fundamental issues.