Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas Sands’

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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/815261361987002368/feylDgM9_bigger.jpgLiv Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2859295132/d8178537f10443c9dc443691083d16d7_bigger.jpegDanielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

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Chief DealerBy: Chief Dealer

Throughout the history of the gaming industry, including, of course, the world of POKER, there have been fortunes lost and fortunes gained. Many poker players have built fortunes that most of us can only dream about.

In the latest Forbes annual list of the world’s wealthiest people you will find a few individuals who have amassed some mind-boggling fortunes directly from the gaming industry and some, more specifically, from poker-related biz.

Sheldon AdelsonTopping this list is the Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, coming in at 13th wealthiest in the USA, and 18th world-wide with a net worth of $38 billion.

Lui Che-wooLui Che-woo, owner of a series of Asian-based casinos including the StarWorld Macau and the Galaxy Macau. Che-woo has amassed somewhere around $11 billion and made the list at number 82 in the world.

Mark ScheinbergMark Scheinberg made a fortune directly from poker, to be exact, from online poker. Scheinberg, together with his father Isai Scheinberg, founded PokerStars and after selling it along with his holdings of Full Tilt Poker, now has a net worth of $4.1 billion and he is only 41 years old. Scheinberg made this year’s Forbes list at number 405 in the world.

GGuy Laliberteuy Laliberté, the creator of Cirque du Soleil, made the list at 1,006th place world-wide. Laliberté is the founder of the One Drop Foundation. The foundation raises money to help provide access to clean water around the world at the World Series of Poker through the million dollar buy-in One Drop Tournament.

We cannot ignore poker players who have made sizable fortunes that, although not getting them into Forbes, certainly qualifies them as hard to ignore holders of poker wealth. Here is a quick list of these players:

Sam Farha, the well-known professional poker player, has an estimated net worth of $100 million. Phillip Ivey is a poker player with a net worth of $100 million. Dan Bilzerian, poker player and film actor, has an estimated net worth of $100 million.

We cannot possibly name all the players who have raked in millions of dollars at the poker tables, but no one can ignore the vast amounts of dollars within the Poker and Gaming Industries.

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Some time last month the Las Vegas Sands Chairman, Sheldon Adelson, claimed that 70 % of Americans disapproved of all Internet gambling.  Doesn’t it make you wonder why the chairman of a Las Vegas Casino would oppose online gambling so vehemently that he would even cite some surveys that he, in fact, commissioned? Makes me go …. hmmmmmmm???? Seems to me that a Casino’s CEO who has preached that online poker is fool’s gold, a plague and a cancer, and went as far as insulting all online poker players by stating that online poker is not even a game of skill, must have ulterior motives.

On the other hand, a recent poll conducted by the public opinion research firm Reason-Rupe found that 65% of Americans favor the legalization of online poker…. hmmmm? The results of this poll are as follows:

Question: Do you think the government should prohibit people from gambling in online poker games, or should the government allow  this?

Respondents Allow Prohibit
All 65% 32%
Democrat 58% 38%
Independent Leaning Dem. 65% 34%
Independent 68% 27%
Republican 66% 30%
Independent Leaning Rep. 75% 22%

Pocket Bullets Paris at 2013 WSOPWhat’s your take on all of this? Personally I prefer doing my gambling at a real poker table as opposed to a cyber table but I don’t see why online gambling should be prohibited. And if you are paying attention, it’s clear that some of the biggest winners at the World Series of Poker learned how to play and perfected their game online.

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