Sheldon Adelson’s death draws mixed reactions

Sheldon Adelson passed away on 12th January 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Sheldon Adelson was a very influential Casino Magnate and left quite a lasting impression on political and poker communities.

In political circles, Adelson was a big-wig, wielding a lot of influence on Republican policies, especially during the Trump presidency. His influence was not localized to the US but he also influenced policies in Israel.

However, his impression on the poker community may not be a good one.

Earlier in 2019, Sheldon Adelson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease – a condition that is a result of uncontrollable multiplication of lymph-node cells which in turn produce cancerous cells that invade other cells in the body.

After the diagnosis, Adelson continued to manage Las Vegas Sands Corp. However, he took a leave of absence to receive cancer treatment. Unfortunately, he died of complications from the treatment regimen.

However, his death has split the poker community right in the middle. Many in the poker community were more relieved that he was dead.

“The best thing I can say about Sheldon Adelson was that he was such a POS that he unified the two disparate circles in my life–progressive liberals and poker players (in our immense amount of hatred for him). May his death be a sign of better things to come for both communities,” Vanessa Selbst

Sheldon Adelson impact on the poker community

Sheldon Adelson was a self-made billionaire, building a reputable casino establishment from the ground up. To his employees, he was the ideal employer. As a matter of fact, he paid well above the industry standards.

So, why would the poker community turn on him even in death?

Well, there is no single individual who has done more harm to online poker in the U.S. than Sheldon Adelson.

Over the past decade, Adelson was the driving force behind the campaign to restore America’s Wire Act(RAWA). If the bill had sailed through congress, it would have effectively ended online poker and all other forms of online gambling.

The bill would have made online gambling illegal which would have had a lasting and most probable irreversible effect on the poker community.

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