Former Nebraska AG: Online poker violates the Constitution

Former Nebraska AG: Online poker violates the Constitution

Online poker is unconstitutional.  That’s the misguided belief, at least, of Nebraska’s former attorney general, Jon Bruning.  Bruning made the comments during a House subcommittee meeting on sports gambling and used that as an argument to have Congress reinstate the 1961 Wire Act.

Bruning alleged, “[L]et’s not forget the rights of states in which marijuana is illegal.  Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Nebraska law enforcement has been overwhelmed with the amount of illegal marijuana flooding into the state […] As Attorney General, I filed an original action against Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to declare Colorado’s marijuana laws violated the U.S. Constitution. But the Supreme Court refused to take our case. And to this day, Nebraskans continue to suffer from Colorado’s legalization of marijuana with no legal recourse.”

It’s no surprise that Bruning is affiliated with the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, which is backed by Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson.  Adelson has been a vocal opponent to online gambling, stating that it is the perfect space for money laundering and other illicit activity.  Of course, he fails to recognize that brick-and-mortar casinos have routinely been called out for their involvement in money laundering, showing the true hypocrisy of his, and the coalition’s, misguided beliefs.

Perhaps Adelson should get a better education and explore the real facts.  Since online casino gaming has been introduced, there have been no scandals in any of the states where the activity has been legalized.  That cannot be said for the brick-and-mortar casino space.  The anti-online gambling group can continue to live with blinders over their eyes, not willing to recognize that the ball has already been put into motion.  Sports gambling, online gambling and online poker are here to stay – nothing they can say will change this. 

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