Poker pros call out Adelson for role in DOJ Wire Act opinion

Many are calling for a boycott against Sands properties

There is an increasing belief that Sheldon Adelson may have played a role in the recent decision by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse its position on the Federal Wire Act. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising, given Adelson’s extremely deep pockets and his publicly-acknowledged disdain for any type of online gambling. As the talk still makes its way around various circles, poker players, including Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker, have stepped up, calling out the owner of Las Vegas Sands and looking to gain support for a boycott of all Sands properties.

Moneymaker posted on Twitter a few days ago, “If you wonder why we can’t play online poker in the USA. This guy is one of the main culprits. All to protect his interests.” His post included a previous news piece that put Adelson and the DOJ in bed together.

Negreanu probably said it the most succinctly when he tweeted, “Sheldon Adelson is a s***head.”

The Attorneys General from two states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have already banded together to go after the DOJ (and, by association, Adelson). They are beginning an investigation that will most likely attract more players and could lead to a complete disruption (better said, correction) within the DOJ.

Another individual, who just happens to previously be with the DOJ, has called the DOJ opinion “legally bankrupt,” meaning that it could not survive a court action. Peter J. Ferrara, who was the Associate Deputy Attorney General when George H.W. Bush was in office, said the reversal was the most “corrupt, unethical and legally bankrupt” he has ever seen made by the DOJ.

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