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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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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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Why Sheldon Adelson Opposes DFS

Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the largest gambling empire in Las Vegas, the Sands. He is the main mover behind the $1.9 billion football stadium planned for Las Vegas and the move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas…. Read more

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Online Lotteries

Did you know that you can play several lotteries without leaving the comfort of your home? Of course, you can play Powerball and Mega Millions online without having to wait through those long lines when the prizes get into the… Read more

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Blog No 88 Ohio Losses

Ohio now has four large casinos, racinos at seven racetracks and a large lottery. Over the past four years Ohioans have bet $62.9 BILLION at these venues. They lost $9.7 BILLION meaning that 84% of what was bet was returned… Read more

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New York State Approves Daily Fantasy Sports

New York State approved daily Fantasy sports and allowed the DFS companies to resume play on August 22. The New York Gaming Commission notified five companies, Fan duel, Draft Kings, Yahoo, Fantasy Draft and Draft that they could begin processing… Read more

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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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New York Fantasy Sports Battle

A week from today, New York’s legislative session for 2016 ends. There is fantastic pressure to craft a “regulate and tax” deal to allow the games in the state with over a million players. The opponents and proponents are various,… Read more

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New books on the current plight of Native Americans

The plight of Native Americans in the United States has once again caught the attention of journalists and writers. New books have come out that deal with real issues. Most of us are ignorant of what is happening to Native… Read more

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Massachusetts Lottery

Once again Massachusetts tops the lottery sales charts with sales over $5 billion last year. The individual sales average was $740 per capita, with 50 communities (lower incomes) topping $1000 per capita. A total of $3.6 billion was paid out… Read more

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Kentucky Poverty Rankings: a simple analysis you can do

  The following data comes from www.statehealthfacts.kff.org. This is the Henry J, Kaiser Family Foundation website which contains a variety of health facts for the states. For context there are several demographic comparisons as well. I have selected some that… Read more

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Public Gain and Private Pain

Let me say it again with emphasis! Slot machines bring money to owners and government very visibly. The players lose money and suffer in private. The gains are very public, but the losses are borne privately. Until government officials and… Read more

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DFS Predators have little concern for the addicted

Peggy Noonan, the noted political analyst, wrote a powerful article in the Wall Street Journal on February 25, 2016. She described two groups, the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected have to live by it…. Read more

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Growth of Daily Fantasy Sports Games

Perhaps you are tired of my writing about DFS games again,.This is the fastest growing expansion of gambling at the present time, therefore worthy of attention. The top two companies attracted approximately $3 billion dollars in “entry fees” commonly known… Read more

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Fantasy Sports Games Work on their defense

  As attacks against daily fantasy games (DFGs) have increased, so has their defensive strategy. While they are struggling against New York’s Attorney General, other states have proved to be softer targets, if the states have more poorly written laws…. Read more

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New York Battles Fantasy Game Companies

NEW YORK BATTLES FANTASY SPORTS GAMES Things are moving fast in the world of fantasy sports as the states move to shut things down. Back in December after the New York Attorney General ordered a shut-down of the two largest… Read more

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Citigroup shuts off Fantasy Games

CITIGROUP AND FANTASY GAMES On February 5, 2016 announced it was blocking payments from credit and debit cards to FanDuels and DraftKings fantasy sports game sites from New York patrons. The New York attorney general has declared the sites to… Read more

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The worst casino II

WORST CASINO II You were not convinced that Three River Casino is the worst in the country? Just because a couple of patrons were so drunk they rated it a five? Well let me give you some more comments from… Read more

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Fantasy Game Proponents Distort Reality

DISTORTING REALITY As the debate over Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling intensifies, more and more outrageous claims are made. A push is currently underway to legalize the games in Nebraska and some rather wild claims are being made. The promoters of… Read more

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Connecticut ignores GE, lavishes attention on casinos

CONNECTICUT MISTAKE The Democratic leadership if Connecticut had a choice. They could lower the massive tax increases, reasonably, lower the “yawning” deficits, and clean up and clarify the murky budgeting process, or General Electric Co. would move its headquarters to… Read more

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Lottery Winners

LOTTERY WINNERS Adam Osmond did a study of 21 year’s worth of winners of the Connecticut Lottery. He confirmed what we have been saying for 20 years ourselves. The winners are “largely poor, largely minorities and often addicts.” As we… Read more

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Florida and Daily Fantasy Sports

FLORIDA AND DAILY FANTASY SPORTS   The editors of TCPalm put together an interesting piece concerning daily fantasy sports, The key issue is whether it is a game of skill or chance. Two Florida legislators, a Senator and a Representative,… Read more

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States want more gambling

Several states are attempting to expand gambling to shore up state revenue. One of them is Georgia. There has been little serious checking of the downside of gambling expansion: increased crime, divorce, poverty, addiction. As is usually the case, the… Read more

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One Day Fantasy Sports Games are Gambling

One day fantasy leagues are gambling. You put down money and you risk losing it. Nearly everyone does. Like other forms of gambling the money is distributed from the many to the few. The big winners constitute 1.6 % of… Read more

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Tribe wants casino in panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma

No matter where you live casino operators do not intend to leave you alone. The Texas and Oklahoma panhandle region is lightly populated compared to many other parts of the country. But the Shawnee Indian Nation began planning a casino… Read more

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Growth of Bankruptcy

The connection between the opening of a new casino and the increase in the number of bankruptcies has been hotly debated for over a decade. On the one side is the American Gaming Association, the lobbying arm of the casinos… Read more

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The exploitative Lotteries

The Huffington Post recently published an extensive analysis of the characteristics of lotteries in the US. Almost $70 billion was spent on the Lotteries in 2014. This is $630 per year per household. This was more than the approximately $60… Read more

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Casinos Proposed Again for Kentucky

One week ago on KET’s Kentucky Tonight four congressional leaders discussed issues to come up in the next legislative session which begins in January. Among the issues discussed were funding education, retirement programs, health care and how to fund everything…. Read more

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Video Debate renewed in St, Charles, Illinois

A year ago St. Charles, Illinois town Aldermen would not even discuss allowing video gambling in a town that prides itself in being family friendly. On August 1 the topic came up again in a fashion that once again showed… Read more

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Play the Lottery at the gas pump

  In California you can now lose your money at the gas pump, and not to the oil cartel. At 87 selected locations (I would guess in the poorer parts of town) in Los Angeles and Sacramento you can buy… Read more

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Illinois Budget Problems

Illinois provides a reminder of just how uncertain gambling receipts can be when they support government. Governor Rauner and the Legislature have been unable to agree upon a budget. Rauner blames the legislature for not sending up a balanced budget… Read more

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Swindling the poor

Michael Gerson has written a powerful article, which appeared in the Washington Post, about Lotteries, payday lending and payday gambling, all of which swindle the poor. He raises the serious question, “How about a renewed effort to help the poor… Read more

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The tragic tale of Tunica

Twenty-five years ago the casino boom began in Tunica. Mississippi. Just 20 miles south of Memphis Tennessee, it drew customers from the metropolitan area. It climbed to the third largest casino center in the US behind Las Vegas and Atlantic… Read more

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Lotteries and taxes on the poorest fifth

Poor families spend more on the lottery than they pay in any state or federal tax. In 2014 Americans spent $70.1 billion on lotteries, that is $230 for every man, women and child in the nation, $920 for a family… Read more

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Proposed new casino in New Jersey

  Yet another new casino is proposed for the northeast, this time at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This casino, estimated to cost a billion dollars, could easily become another failure like the Revel in Atlantic City. The… Read more

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Washington Post columnist: “Why you should never, ever play the lottery”

Washington Post columnist Matthew O’Brien explains “why you should never, ever play the lottery.” Yet state governments endlessly encourage citizens to do just that, underscoring why we need national reform on this issue. Read his excellent column here.  

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Gambling you cannot refuse

Illinois is really struggling. The state is the worst case example of how to maximize the problems that stem from gambling. Illinois, once a wealthy industrial state with a huge farming base as well, has fallen on hard times. It… Read more

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Looking back to issues eight year’s ago

Eight years ago I wrote a blog outlining reasons to oppose casinos. Those reasons are worth revisiting.   1.) Casinos want you to gamble ten times what you lose. That way you are supposed to be happy 90% of the… Read more

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The role of ATMs in casinos

One of the most honest statements ever made by a casino executive was that the goal of the casino was to get you to “gamble to extinction.” This was expressed by an official if Harrahs (before it was absorbed by… Read more

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The effects of casinos on bankruptcy/foreclosure

Nearly two years ago (January 2013) I wrote a six page paper on the relationship between bankruptcy and gambling.  It was a repeat of the same study I had done in 2007 and 3010.  In those first two studies there… Read more

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