It wasn’t so long ago that we reported on two Attorney Generals from New Jersey and Pennsylvania writing a letter to the Department of Justice regarding the Wire Act reversal. However, it seems as though a few pros from the online poker world have also voiced their displeasure for the changes.
Pros from the PokerStars brand have publicly made their opinions known regarding the actions of Sheldon Adelson, who is thought to have had a major influence over the decision regarding the Wire Act re-interpretation.
Professional players Daniel Negreanu, Jason Somerville and Chris Moneymaker have all taken to their social media accounts to express their upset, frustration and disappointment towards Adelson. Strong evidence that has come to light suggests that the casino mogul did hold a lot of sway with the Department of Justice’s re-interpretation of the Wire Act from 1961, with even more surfacing in recent days.
Somerville spoke out on his Twitter account, referencing a Tweet by The Washington Post, which outlines Adelson’s influence on the DOJ’s recent decision. He branded Adelson a hypocrite and also said that he was pleased that a major media organisation was helping to expose the mogul’s activities.
It didn’t take long for Moneymaker to back up Somerville, re-tweeting the same article by The Washington Post and taking direct aim at Adelson in the process. Neagrenu wasn’t far behind, although his Tweet on the matter simply stated, “Sheldon Adelson is a s***head”.
Other Popular Players Sound Off
It isn’t only PokerStars pros that have been sounding off over the recent changes, though. Andrew Neeme of Run It Up Studios fame released a video in January that expressed his own frustration with the laws in the United States.
We also recently reported on Rich Muny looking for poker players in the US to stand up for their own rights to play online poker. He mentioned that banks and regulators will be roadblocks to the US poker market, following the Wire Act reversal.
Since then, the well-known Poker Alliance looks like it has increased its efforts to reach out to fans of poker, especially those who currently reside in the states that potentially could be impacted heavily by the changes.
This has led to many players calling for boycotts of casinos that are owned by Adelson. Such boycotts include the popular Las Vegas Venetian location, with both professional and recreational poker players standing against it together. The Venetian, many players have pointed out, already provides mobile gaming to players within the state of Nevada, despite the fact that the CEO of the company is making moves to try and restrict such forms of poker.
Time will tell how much notice will be taken of rallying poker players and Attorney Generals from the aforementioned states. With such outcry and backlash against Sheldon Adelson and the DOJ’s Wire Act decision though, things remain in quite the tumultuous position for the US poker scene.