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Youth protection not very important in Sheldon Adelson’s Casino

August, 19th 2015

Gambling and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is well known among other things for his bizarre campaigns to draw attention to the dangers of online gambling. Tim James, a journalist, had observed two nineteen-year-olds in both casinos of Adelson, the Venetian and the Palazzo Casino in Las Vegas. One of the teenagers gained access using a fake identity document whereas the other one had no identification at all. They both played various slots and table games, cashed out their winnings, played poker and drank alcohol. None of the teenagers was able to register at an online poker website though. James next scene shows the two young adults entering a bar in the Palazzo and convincing a prostitute to join them onto their room. The journalist then stated: ‘I am pretty sure that you cannot book a prostitute on any online gambling website.’ He closes the video with the statement that all attempts of young people playing in a casino were successful and that all arguments coming from Adelson concerning online gambling are obviously incorrect. The video shows that all dangers warned by Adelson are existence in his land-based casinos. Young adults gambling, drinking alcohol and having prostitutes is omnipresent.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is one of the largest donors of all Republican presidential candidates. He is also the founder of a coalition against internet gambling (CSIG), which could attract a decent number of general prosecutors since its founding in January 2014. One of the most important lobbyists, Andy Abboud, said in January 2014 that a draft law has to be introduced, which prevents any form of online gambling. John Pappas, chief executive of Poker Players Alliance is concerned that one could buy opinions with money and Adelson has a lot of money. People are trying to change news that show problems in a wrong way. He thinks that this problem will exist for a long time and the average American citizen is not well enough informed about this topic, so they let themselves influence by the distorted and hypocritical media content.

Adelson was listed as having a fortune of $28 billion, and as the 18th richest person in the world in 2015 by Forbes.

‘An entrepreneur is born with the mentality to take risks, though there are several important characteristics: courage, faith in yourself, and above all, even when you fail, to learn from failure and get up and try again.’ – Sheldon Adelson.

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