The fight against The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) continued with a Congressional Committee hearing in Washington that took place on March 26. While I believe the pro RAWA forces did not perform well at this hearing, and there now is some concern that RAWA might also impact how state lotteries are sold, we are still a long ways from winning this fight and might even be the political dog.
So it’s still important to keep up with what is happening and to participate whenever you can in the Daily Action Plans that TheEngineer (Rich Muny) posts on our site. Also, be sure to read his article in this issue to see where everything stands on this front in much more detail.
On a related note, the question has come up again in one of the threads in our “News, Views, and Gossip Forum” as to whether we should call or participate in a boycott of Sands properties. This includes The Venetian, since Sheldon Adelson, the head of The Sands Corporation is the major force behind RAWA, and its impact on poker, and this includes live poker, would in my opinion be quite severe.
The official policy of Two Plus Two is that this should be up to each of us as individuals because if somehow a boycott of The Venetian and other related properties was successful, all it would accomplish is cost some very good people their jobs. It would have no more than a negligible effect on The Sands Corporation or their effort to damage poker. On the other hand, if Adelson’s quest for RAWA becomes successful, it would not only be a major blow to poker but one of its long term effects would be to eliminate even more jobs in our industry than the closing of something like The Venetian Poker Room.
So my personal decision is not to play poker at The Venetian, but since I mainly play in limit games, my poker time will almost always be spent some place else anyway, meaning that this decision was easy for me. For you, it might be different, and we at Two Plus Two respect that. But keep in mind that if RAWA does become law, it’s our opinion that the decline in all of poker over time will be large, and we’ll all be sorry whether we play live or on the Internet.