The news two days ago that Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt would be signing a letter from other AG’s in support of the federal ban regarding online gaming and poker came as a stunner. Not only did it surprise the online gaming and poker communities – and the casinos that support online gaming – but it particularly surprised Laxalt’s bosses in the state house and Governor’s quarters in Carson City. Evidence has now come to light that demonstrates that Laxalt may be directly influenced by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his continued drive to ban online gaming and poker.
Laxalt came out on Tuesday supporting the federal bill regarding the banishment of online gaming and poker, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) of 2016, putting out some flimsy arguments as to why he was taking the action. “Congress spoke on this issue (online gaming) and has an existing Wire Act,” Laxalt stated toJon Ralston on his show Ralston Live. Laxalt would then go on to state that further reasoning for his support was the factor that “it was an overreach by the executive branch” into the issue.
All of this is despite the current stance of the state of Nevada regarding the subject. One of three states to have passed online gaming regulations (albeit only for online poker), Nevada’s governor Brian Sandoval wasn’t pleased with his AG stepping outside the lines as he did. As reported earlier this week here at Poker News Daily, Sandoval stated that he was “very concerned that anyone representing the state’s legal interests would speak out against current state law in our leading industry.” Sandoval also stated he disagreed with Laxalt’s vision of state’s rights versus federal legislation.
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