Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio loves casino gaming. That much is clear. After all, he recently paid $5,000 for a weeklong stay at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Sorry, let’s clarify that. The Republican Party of Florida paid for it, at least 70% of it. The records released by his campaign showed that Rubio paid 30% of the costs because part of the trip was personal.
We know what you’re thinking. How do we deduce a stay in Las Vegas to loving online casino gaming just as much? After all, Marco Rubio has come out as an opponent of online gambling regulation. Sheldon Adelson, the staunch anti-online casino billionaire, is a huge contributor to Rubio’s campaign. It’s safe to say that if Rubio wins the Republican nomination, and subsequently manages to win the Presidency, he’ll push through a ban on online gambling.
Or will he? Rubio is a Republican, and at the core of the Republican party is individual state rights. As it stands right now, states have the right to determine what type of gambling they want to offer their residents. In New Jersey, the government has authorized land-based casinos to offer their games online. That includes poker and casino games. And in Delaware, players can enjoy online poker.
In Nevada, the state where Sheldon Adelson rakes in a ridiculous amount of money through his land-based casino ventures, casinos are licensed to offer online poker.
If Rubio gets elected and takes away the rights of states to offer online gaming, he could face the wrath of state governments. What’s more, he’ll also anger Adelson’s competition, who are in the online gaming business. Taking away the rights of these Nevada-based companies could lead to major political turmoil.
That leads us back to all things politics. Rubio’s campaign is being fueled by Adelson, who is an online gaming opponent. However, like everything in US politics, the President’s hands could be tied depending on how the House and Senate line up politically. At the end of the day, state rights could trump what one billionaire wants just because he doesn’t like competition.
Also, we’re confident Rubio has tried online casino gaming before speaking out so hard against banning it. And if he has, he likely knows that online casinos are safer than land-based casinos, locking out underage players, limiting betting limits, and ensuring that things are always fair. He is likely turning a blind eye to the truth so he can win the top spot of the Republican party.
After all, it’s not uncommon for Republicans to secretly love online gaming. In 2013, Senator John McCain was caught playing online poker on his smartphone while Congress discussed plans for military intervention in Syria.
Truth both be told, at the end of the day, we don’t know what Rubio is actually thinking. But we do know he spent a week in Vegas, 30% of which was for fun, not business. So he clearly loves Vegas. And therefore, we know he’d love Slots of Vegas, which brings the best of Sin City right to your Mac, PC, or mobile device.