My job is to watch Sheldon Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and report on the various myths, half-truths, and outright fabrications they use to persuade people that online gambling is bad, evil, dangerous, and in need of extinction. In the 14 months I’ve watched, I have NEVER seen a blatant, dishonest, and full-of-shit presentation as today’s post.
It’s a 10-page pdf file of a PowerPoint presentation that takes forever to load. If you want to see it, click here and be prepared to wait – apparently, they don’t know how to do file compression to save time for downloads (don’t these people understand how the Internet works? Oh, wait…).
The summary goes like this:
- Slide 1 – How easy is it for kids to gamble online? VERY!
- Slide 2 – Demo on how to load an app that SIMULATES a casino from iTunes
- Slides 3-4 – Discussion as to the age restrictions for the game and how to download with password from iTunes Store account.
- Slides 6-7 – Demo on how to get free coins from Facebook signup and more about the bright colors of the game and how easy it is to play.
- Slides 8-10 – Explanation as to how it’s possible to buy more coins to keep playing the game.
Yeah, that’s it. Of course, they “hype” it up a bit, using Caesar’s Slots as their example (how convenient), with this clincher:
Players are then encouraged to purchase digital gaming coins. In essence, real money is now being used to gamble online.
First – gambling is placing a wager in the hopes/expectation of winning something of value, such as money or prizes. Can’t win shit here, Shelly. It’s a FUCKING GAME, like Candy Crush or Words of Wonder. This is NOT gambling.
Second – it’s not as simple as you showed. Yes, the child needs to have an iTunes Store account – WHICH THEY CANNOT SET UP THEMSELVES – a PARENT must create the account for a minor. Once they have an account they can download whatever game they want (provided it’s OK with the parents – restrictions are easy to establish).
So, in essence, a kid can’t download a casino game if parents say no! Gosh, that sounds completely different than what CSIG said.
These people are pathetic.
PS – I’m SURE they received permission from Caesar’s to use their game, logo, and screen shots in this presentation. Right?