Five Days Until the Venetian Poker Boycott: Adelson Remains Defiant
The countdown continues.
Two days ago, I issued a simple declaration to Sands Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson.
The deal was (and remains) that the boycott scheduled for next week (July 22-26) will be called off provided that Mr. Adelson acknowledges poker as a “game of skill.”
Nearly one month has elapsed since the boycott was first announced. Two days have passed since my offer to cancel the boycott based on very simple and reasonable terms. So far, the Adelson camp remains silent.
This leaves five more days until the start of the poker player boycott of the Venetian. I urge all poker players who really care about our game and want to fight for our rights to help spread the word and pledge not to play in the Venetian poker room for that five-day period.
The latest reports I’ve received show that numbers were down significantly this past weekend from previous weeks. Poker players are catching on to this news. Read the discussion forums at just about any poker website. Players at the Venetian this weekend were talking openly about the upcoming boycott and some (according to sources who have approached me) were agreeing it was time to do something. So, the word is getting out.
I’ll post daily reminders here leading up to the start of the boycott and report back immediately if anyone from Sheldon Adelson’s organization makes any overture at all to retract his ridiculous assertion that poker is not a game of skill.
Thanks to everyone out there for all the comments and support. If you agree with us that online poker should be legal inside the United States, we must stand in solidarity on this one issue, if just for five days.