Is there anything Trent Lott won’t do for a fast buck?
The former U.S. Senator and ex-Majority Leader from Mississippi announced last week he’s joining forces with anti-online poker zealot Sheldon Adelson as a paid shill and sock puppet for the loathsome billionaire bully who appears willing to go to any lengths to keep this floundering non-issue with the general public alive in the tainted legislative corridors of Washington, where throwing enough money around can buy just about anything. Adelson, so utterly desperate to enlist allies on Capitol Hill to do his bidding, previously hired other burned-out flunkies to magpie his easy-to shred talking points in support of a federal legislation to outlaw all forms of online gambling/poker. The glassy-eyed gauntlet includes former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, former Mayor Willie Brown, and even ex-Gov. George Pataki. And now, Trent Lott.
A few months ago, I attended the iGaming North America conference in Las Vegas (thanks, Sue Schneider), where I was interviewed by Rebecca Liggero, from CalvinAyre.com.
Ms. Liggero asked me about the present state of online poker in the United States and called upon on me to speculate on the chances that we’ll see major changes one way or the other, whether that be restriction or expansion.
The short clip can be viewed below.
Thanks to Rebecca Liggero and CalvinAyre.com for the opportunity to share my perspectives.
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Note: The views expressed are my own and do not reflect those of my employers — including Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the World Series of Poker, Rush Street Gaming, or “Poker Night in America.”
Nolan Dalla (left) and Dan Goldman (right) at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, in 2006
Dan Goldman and I have worked together on lots of projects over the years. Not only has Dan been a great friend to me since we’ve known each other during the past 15 years, or so. He’s also taught me a lot about the poker business, especially when it comes to the many ways advances in technology have impacted the game.
If you want to know more about some of the behind the scenes stories as to what working in the poker business is really like, including lots of fun stuff, I urge you to read some of the stories he’s now sharing regularly with his readers. CHECK OUT DAN GOLDMAN’S BLOG HERE
For those who don’t know as much, Dan served as the head of marketing for PokerStars.com for nearly ten years. We worked together at PokerStars for three of those years, when he hired me as the company’s Director of Communications. Dan was always an “ideas” man. What that means was — he loved to dream up new and sometimes crazy ideas and then work towards making them happen. I think one of the reasons PokerStars.com eventually became the world’s biggest poker site was, at least in part, due to Dan’s innate creativity.
Driving down La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles at about 1 am tonight and while waiting at a red light, I pulled up alongside this veritable lighthouse of crime. And that’s when it suddenly hit me.
Look what’s open for business 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A self-professed “psychic.”
How in the fuck are these businesses even legal? And more important to the current discussion facing so many of us in what’s become a time of crisis, how is there an active movement and well-oiled machine to outlaw playing poker on your home computer here in the United States of America, but there’s no such even remotely comparable righteous indication targeted towards the swindlers and liars and con artists and menaces to society that make up those who run these cathedrals of exploitation? Where are the Sheldon Adelson’s of the world on this subject?
Can someone please explain this to me?
Next time the American Gaming Association (AGA) appears at a trade show, I suggest they provide some kind of giveaway.
Appropriate swag might be a yo-yo, a flapjack spatula, or perhaps a pair of flip-flops.
Given that the AGA has taken three different positions, each a contradiction, within just the past ten years on the big question of legalizing and regulating online gambling/poker in the United States, is there now a reason to take any of their policy statements seriously?
I pose this as a serious question. If a paramour initially pledges to be faithful, but then strays away when something better comes along, and then finally declares she’s in limbo about her true feelings, does such a relationship merit any trust or confidence? I think most of us would label her one of either two things — a manipulator or a flake.
So, which one applies to the AGA? Are they manipulative or just plain flaky?