Online Poker Report

December 10, 2013: Adelson’s Henchman Strikes Out Before Congress

A united front forged by the American Gaming Association and the Poker Players Alliance carry an online gambling hearing before a Congressional subcommittee.

One of Adelson’s top lieutenants is on hand to push the anti-online gambling message, but it falls on deaf ears.

Andy Abboud is dragged over the coals during the hearing by two members of the committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). After calling on Congress to ban online gambling, Barton and Schakowsky note that Sands’ stance against online gambling is hypocritical considering the casino offers mobile sports betting in Nevada.

Abboud is the subject of scorn at the hearing, but he and his boss will ultimately have the last laugh.

Steve Ruddock
- Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.
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