The Las Vegas Sands Chairman has railed about the evils of online gambling ever since regulation started being discussed in the United States. And based on Adelson’s recent comments about online poker, it doesn’t look like he’s softening this stance any time soon.
Speaking with Yahoo Finance, Adelson said that poker equates to gambling, no matter how much people try to present it as a skill game. Here’s a look at Adelson’s comments:
“Some say poker is not gambling. Poker is gambling. They say poker is a game of skill. I don’t know how skill can apply to somebody shuffling a deck of cards and randomly giving them out to you. You don’t have any control over it. Can somebody bluff and can somebody place bets better than somebody else? Yes. But that doesn’t make poker a game of skill.
“And look, I’m not against gambling, obviously. I know what’s gambling and I know what’s not gambling. And fantasy sports is gambling. I’m very much against it.”
These comments came up when Adelson was asked about daily fantasy sports (DFS) and their legality. And DFS is another activity that Adelson thinks is pure gambling, rather than having any sort of skill element to the matter.
But as his poker comments suggest, the 83-year-old has very little understanding of how either game works.
To say that you “don’t have any control over” poker’s outcome and that bluffing doesn’t inject any skill into the game is just ridiculous. It’s hard to know whether or not Adelson actually believes what he’s saying, or if he’s really this ignorant on the matter.
Whatever the case may be, Adelson is willing to say and do anything to stop regulated online poker and DFS, even if it means claiming that neither game has any skill involved.