There is a lot of controversy these days about online gaming, with Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson proposing a bill that would ban online gambling. While some see his position as one of pragmatism to protect his brick and mortar casinos than an issue with the ethics of online gaming in particular, Team Poker Stars Pro champion, Vicky Coren-Mitchell, is departing the Team over Pokerstars move into online gambling, as reported by poker news.
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Her statements imply that part of the reason may be ethics and part respect for the game of “real” poker. Coren, the only player ever to win two European Poker Tour titles announced her departure on her blog.
While she understands “business is business” with Pokerstars and she is not “anti-casino, ” she added, “my gut tells me the right thing to do is to walk away.”
While she acknowledges the dangers of gambling addiction, she adds that real poker is a fair game, “I’m always careful to explain the difference between the essentially fair nature of poker, where we all take each other with the same basic chance, and those casino games at unfavorable odds which can be (especially online) so dangerous for the vulnerable and the desperate.”
Vicky Coren-Mitchell’s father is the late journalist, Alan Coren, and she has written for the Guardian and the Observer.