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The latest example of the dishonesty and corruption of state-sanctioned lotteries

Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets—but waited 10 months to notify the Department of… Read more

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New MA study on citizen addiction to state-sanctioned gambling will lead to nowhere

Most lottery profits are extracted from daily lottery players. Gambling addiction studies like this one create the public appearance that state governments and problem gambling councils are helping the millions of Americans who are being harmed by state-sanctioned gambling. But… Read more

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Political official attempts to silence citizen leader from speaking against state-sanctioned casinos

When you push something that will lower a region’s standard of living and severely harm thousands, you are forced to silence credible citizen leaders who publicly reveal the truth. http://www.journalinquirer.com/public/maynard-muzzled-casino-opponent-steele-first-selectman-wouldn-t-let/article_82861b10-0fdd-11e7-86a2-4bf30374b152.html

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More than 500,000 Michigan citizens called the state’s gambling addiction hotline number

More than 500,000 Michigan citizens called the state’s hotline number because they’re being hurt by state-sanctioned commercialized gambling. It’s one of the many ways that state-sanctioned gambling has been a spectacular failure. http://wwmt.com/news/local/thousands-calling-michigan-gambling-helpline-as-state-fights-addictions  

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Gambling addicts made more than a million pleas for bookies and online casinos to ban them last year

American predatory gambling operators often point to the UK as a “model” when lobbying for more government-sanctioned gambling. Below is one example of how it has been a spectacular failure. Gambling addicts made more than a million pleas for bookies… Read more

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The link between between predatory gambling and economic hardship facing Americans

Melissa Chadburn of The Economic Hardship Reporting Project published a first-rate piece of journalism this week on the link between between predatory gambling and the economic hardship facing Americans. We urge you to read it here and then share it… Read more

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The Aroma of the Mob

The Mob has long since given up direct investment in casinos, but the mentality of the Mob still lingers with the leadership of various casinos. On December 28, 2016 an alleged Mobster told a person who owed $30,000 to a… Read more

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Downsizing Harness Racing

In Lawrence County, Indiana the end of 2016 has seen the demise of a twelve year effort to gain financing for harness track with a casino. On July 13, 2016 the Gaming Control Board turned down a casino/track application on… Read more

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The Pressure is on Virginia

The completion of Maryland’s National Harbor Hotel and Casino, just across the river from residential Virginia, has applied pressure upon Virginia to stop the flow of bettors over the river and add their own casinos. The arguments on both sides… Read more

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Illinois calls for investigation

A week ago the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Lottery had not awarded 40% of the biggest prizes. The games started in mid-2011 and several of seventeen big games did not award at least one big prize, and three… Read more

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Kentucky Update

Time for a look at events in the “Horse Capital of the World.”   Our struggling horse track that “needs casinos” is planning a $37 million expansion. The expansion calls for 36 additional luxury suites, 1800 more seats next to the… Read more

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Nevada Gambling Accounts

QUIZ: What is the purpose of gambling regulations in Nevada? a) To make money, b) To make money, c) To make money, d) To make money. Did you get it right? The Gaming Control Board is asking the Legislature to… Read more

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Nevada Wagering Accounts

QUIZ: What is the purpose of gambling regulations in Nevada? a) To make money, b) To make money, c) To make money, d) To make money. Did you get it right? The Gaming Control Board is asking the Legislature to… Read more

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Illinois lawmakers call for investigation

A week ago the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Lottery had not awarded 40% of the biggest prizes. The games started in mid-2011 and several of seventeen big games did not award at least one big prize, and three… Read more

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Genting and South Florida

  Malaysian giant casino company has been seeking entry to Miami-Dade County since 2011.The company apparently views Miami as prime casino development territory, despite the presence of Seminole enterprises in the region. The latest move by Genting is to contract… Read more

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New Jersey Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll found that a majority of New Jersey residents said gambling had been bad for New Jersey and would resist additional casinos in the state. When asked whether gambling had been good for New Jersey 62% said… Read more

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Gamblers and Integrity

These two words do not ordinarily fit together. The longer you bet in a casino or on the Lottery the more likely you are to be a loser. There are many ways the gamblers scam the players. One of the… Read more

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Digital Danger for the Young

A basic foundational principle of the gambling interests is attracting and addicting the young to guarantee the next generation of gamblers, to keep the money flowing to the empire. The latest innovation has caught most of us off guard. Most… Read more

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Rhode Island casino seeks greener pastures

A casino plan to move from Newport, R.I. to Tiverton won locally by just 368 votes, but won easily state wide. The casino corporation spent $3 million on the election, gainst no formally organized opposition. The move for the casino… Read more

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The state AGs appeal to VP Elect Pence to reverse the DOJ action on internet gambling

There are a wide variety of internet gambling approaches to draining the pockets of American families. Those who support internet gambling say it is an issue of personal rights, although those rights have only existed since 2011. They also blame… Read more

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American Gaming Association wants repeal of PASPA

The American Gaming Association (AGA) wants more gambling regardless of the consequences to families and economies. In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which sought to eliminate gambling on… Read more

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Ellis Park (KY) changes gambling machines

While the court sits without judgment the state of Kentucky moves on toward full blown casinos. Ellis Park has joined Kentucky Downs in switching to the Exacta System (formerly Encore) which appears even less to have anything to do with… Read more

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Author John Grisham stirs up the National Indian Gaming Association

Author John Grisham has ruffled the feathers of the National Indian Gaming Association leaders. In a CBS interview promoting his new book “The Whistler,” Grisham made some overstatements including, “Ninety percent of all the money that comes in is in… Read more

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Casinos are in the wind again in Alabama

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only Indian tribe, has responded positively to the Governor’s new Gambling Advisory Council. The Governor failed to get a lottery through the legislature to solve a budget shortfall in the 2016 session, and… Read more

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Trump calls on Casino Cronies for Inauguration

    You will never guess who Trump is calling to help with the inaugural. That’s right, the casino crowd. On the twenty person committee are Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts, Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam of the Las… Read more

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Keeneland Fall Breeding Stock Sale hints at future of racing

BLOG NO 116 NOVEMBER BREEDING STOCK SALE November 22, 2016   Keeneland conducted its annual breeding stock sale over a thirteen day period. Strong sales at the top end of the market could not offset declines in gross sales, average… Read more

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Do casinos improve lives? The Atlantic forcefully says no

The Atlantic, one of America’s most influential magazines, has ripped the curtain off predatory gambling in its December edition. It’s one of the most compelling and revealing stories ever written about the issue. Please read it and then share it… Read more

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Gambling Interests Lose Big on Election Day

Thanks to concerned citizens from all political persuasions, one of the biggest losers on Election Day was America’s gambling interests. The voting results show that in the face of almost limitless spending by big gambling operators, more and more citizens… Read more

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Gambling over the Internet Part II

As we noted in Part I while the two largest companies, Draft Kings and Fan Duels, received over $3 billion in “entry fees” in 2015, they did not make a profit. They were plagued by employees playing on the other… Read more

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The State of This Gambling Nation

Today I am surveying the state of the gambling enterprises in the U.S. The mainstay of gambling is the casinos. The most useful information about commercial casinos was from the State of the States, published by the American Gaming Association…. Read more

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Illinois is Slipping into Addiction

Illinois is slipping away into the depths of gambling. Innocent eyed reporters who believe everything they are told by a nice suit, are reporting on the “hot hand” the video gambling machines have in the state. There are 24,000 of… Read more

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00 Slots in Lexington

In a rare moment of cooperation the Red Mile harness track and Keeneland, a thoroughbred track, opened a joint historical racing venue at the Red Mile which is near downtown and the University of Kentucky campus. The two tracks installed… Read more

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Casino Stagnation

The carpet may be a little more garish, the machines a little fancier, and money a little easier to access from the casino floor. But basically they are still offering slots and table games. When the recession hit is 2008… Read more

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The Casino Trap for the Elderly

There is no doubt that casinos target the elderly. Seniors have access to money until they run out. They respond positively to attention they do not get at home. They come during the day which is often a slack time… Read more

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Millennials have low interest in Gambling

The Millennials are defined as those born between 1980 and 2000 A.D. They constitute the largest group of the population, over 83 million or 25% of the U.S. population. The next largest group are the Baby Boomers at 75 million… Read more

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Gambling kills one Australian pre Day

Australians spend A$761 per capita per year on gambling, the highest rate in the world. As a result nearly 400 per year commit suicide over gambling debt. Australians spent A$23 BILLION last year, over half of it on slot machines…. Read more

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SPG helps to file constitutional challenge of NY’s internet gambling law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       CONTACT: Les Bernal October 5, 2016                                        … Read more

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Blog No 100 New Lottery Game

The Georgia Lottery has launched the latest gimmick to lure players. This time they are after the Millennials and their Smartphones. For $2 per play the person buys a chance to win up to $10,000 electronically. The game was released… Read more

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Long term Leadership

When I first became involved with opposing gambling in 1992, The Rev. Tom Grey was the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, a small Board directed the organization and Dr. Guy Clark was a Board member.   Now, twenty… Read more

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Keeneland Fall Yearling Sale

Eleven days ago  I covered the first two days of the Fall Yearling Sale. Today we wrap up all thirteen sessions for 2016. The sale was a mixed bag. At the top end only nine horses sold for a million… Read more

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