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PokerNews.com Banned From Covering Poker Tournament at Venetian

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Jun/08/2014
PokerNews.com Banned From Covering Poker Tournament at Venetian

One of the largest poker news venues, PokerNews.com, has been banned from covering the Mid-States Poker Tour at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on grounds that it promotes online poker sites.  PokerNews.com was unaware of the reasons behind the ban until this weekend.

The Venetian is run by Sheldon Adelson, who is currently on a mission to stop the proliferation of Web poker in the United States. 

"Given our Chairman's clear position on the matter of online gaming, the Venetian/Palazzo made a business decision to not allow an online blog during the Mid-States Poker Tour event," Kathy Raymond, executive director of poker operations at The Venetian, told PokerNews in a statement.

"It is now clear this was another political stiff arm against our industry that Sheldon Adelson is behind," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters on Saturday. "It is unfortunate that one man's stance against poker holds such strength — and yes, I do mean poker as a whole and not just online poker, because Adelson is without a doubt hurting the overall growth of the game the more he fights against the virtual variant."

PokerNews.com provides exclusive live updates of the World Series of Poker via the WSOP.com website.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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