Las Vegas Sands Spokesman Explains Adelson's Opposition To Online Poker

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A Las Vegas Sands spokesman has come out to discuss Chairman Sheldon Adelson's opposition to legalizing online gambling within the United States.

Ron Reese, a spokesman for Las Vegas Sands said that Adelson does not believe that technology is currently able to keep young people from gambling online. Reese added that Adelson's viewpoint is not necessarily that of his company, which has not decided on a strategy to deal with online gambling legislation and regulation.

"It's a personal observation of concerns about technology," Reese said of Adelson's stance.

Adelson, who is a member of the American Gambling Association, is currently out of line in thinking with the trade organization. The AGA's current stance is that it favors federally regulated internet poker if individual states can opt out if they desire.

AGA CEO Frank Fahrenkopf commented on Adelson's take on internet poker saying, "Sheldon has long had concerns about this issue, and it is perfectly within his right to make this decision. However, the AGA, at the direction of our board of directors, will continue to support federal legislation to allow states to license and regulate online poker."

The AGA has stated it wants to see any federal legislation deal with: state opt outs, the ability for law enforcement to shut down illegal gambling operators, and keep minors from gambling.