The Battle Of A Christmas Past To Save Internet Gambling And Sports Betting

The classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas came frighteningly close to reality for the U.S. gaming industry five years ago as members of Congress rushed to finish a lame duck session and return home for the holidays.

Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson and his lobbyists launched an aggressive last-minute offensive to include a bill called the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), which would ban all internet gambling in a massive spending package that had to pass Congress to prevent a government shutdown. 

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