Brian Rast Challenges Sheldon Adelson to $2 Million Heads-up Grudge Match

Brian Rast Challenges Sheldon Adelson to heads-up poker for $2 million.

Adelson describes the planned light show at the opening of his new casino, the Parisian, in Macau this week. It uses a new sophisticated heat beam which he calls “a laser.” (Image: David Becker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Sheldon Adelson is not content with attempting to wipe regulated online poker in the US off the face of the earth.

He has now besmirched the reputation of online poker as a cerebral pursuit and game of skill.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Finance, in which Adelson was asked his opinion of daily fantasy sports, the octogenarian casino mogul proffered the following conclusion.      

“Some say poker is not gambling,” he observed. “Poker is gambling,” he insisted, triumphantly.

OK, fair enough. None of us are really in denial about that. But wait, it gets worse.

“They say poker is a game of skill,” he continued, warming to his theme. “I don’t know how skill can apply to somebody shuffling a deck of cards and randomly giving them out to you. You don’t have any control over it. Can somebody bluff and can somebody place bets better than somebody else? Yes. But that doesn’t make poker a game of skill.”

Brian Rast Steps Up

There must be a counter argument to Adelson’s opinion of poker and the skill that is involved, right?

Enter, Brian Rast, a man who could find an edge on a sphere, and, with $17.7 million in gross tournament earnings, the seventh winningest poker player of all time.

Rast also happened to read Adelson’s comments and was incensed, offering an opportunity for Adelson to put his money where is mouth is.

“Hey Sheldon Adelson, waz up?” tweeted our hero at the mogul. “Poker is a skill game. Don’t believe me? You’re a billionaire, I’m not close. Let’s play HU 4 2 million each.”

After four minutes considering the matter, Rast decided to sweeten the pot.

“In fact Sheldon, my man, I’ll pay you 500$ 2 play 100bb freeze outs for 2mil, so if poker isn’t a skill game u earning and can prove me wrong.”


We’re not sure Adelson is likely to get back to him on this, or read it, as we can’t imagine he actually manages his own social media account.

Besides, he’s probably in Macau overseeing the opening of his new $2.7 billion casino resort, the Parisian Macau, making the final touches to the half-sized replica of the Eiffel Tower, straightening the drapes, etc, etc.

That means the Republican Mega-donor is unlikely to make any mega-donations to Rast soon. But props must go to Rast for sticking up for our beautiful game of skill (and chance), nevertheless.

Meanwhile, in case you were wondering about Adelson’s opinion on DFS, he’s not for it. Unlike the craps and slots games he spreads in his casinos, which are “entertainment,” DFS is “immoral” and “exploits the poor.”

Whatever you say, Sheldon.

Written by
Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.


lorres1991 wrote...

Adelson is one of my least favorite people in the world, and despite being a frequent visitor to Las Vegas, I refuse to spend a single penny in his Venetian casino. One of the 25 richest people in the world, and uses that money and influence to try to hold back progress and send the US back to the 1950s.

eberetta1 wrote...

Sheldon has done a good job of protecting his turf. Sounds like he is a real Republican, not a RINO. Especially, his it is ok for me but for the masses, I know what is not good for them, so let’s restrict online poker, etc.

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