Online poker in Nevada looks to be safe following gubernatorial elections
Better luck next time. Adam Laxalt's attempt to take control of the governor's mansion in Nevada has come to a grinding halt. Laxalt lost to Steve Sisolak, who has become the state's first Democratic governor since 1994. All the money casino mogul Sheldon Adelson poured into Laxalt's campaign now appears to have been in vain.
Laxalt is a staunch opponent of online poker. He is Nevada's former Attorney General and took the Republican Party primary this past June, leading many to wonder if he would push for legislation to prohibit online gambling, including online poker. Fortunately, his defeat won't allow him to push his pro-casino agenda.
Laxalt had supported anti-online gambling for a number of years. He asserted in 2015 that online gambling was the source of money laundering and put his weight behind the Restoration of America's Wire Act, which attempted to block all online gambling around the U.S.
Las Vegas Sands founder and CEO Adelson has long been a supporter of Laxalt. He has donated more than $150,000 to various Laxalt campaigns over the years, and that's just what has been verified. Adelson has been a vicious opponent of online gambling in an effort to protect his brick-and-mortar interests.
With Laxalt's defeat, and Sisolak's win, perhaps online gambling can now thrive in Nevada and, perhaps, the country. Adelson and the defeated politician will just have to find a new hobby.