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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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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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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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Biased Research

I have railed for several years about the biased research produced by the casino interests through their National Center for Responsible Gaming because they fund research only of a particular type. They are mostly devoted to showing that addiction is… Read more

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Loveman leaves divided legacy at Caesars

In June Gary Loveman left as chief executive of Caesars Entertainment after 12 years. He left a divided legacy. While revenues increased during the first seven years of his management, they leveled off over the last five and lagged behind… Read more

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“We, the Losers,” our update on the national movement to stop predatory gambling is out

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Suppression of free speech

Assaults upon our Constitutional guarantee to free speech have often happened down through our history. Political speakers in the nineteenth century were stoned and rotten tomatoed off the stage.  The FCC has threatened to shut down Christian broadcasters who refused… Read more

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Instant Racing comes to Texas

I missed this story back in August, but it is important enough to mention even though late.  Taking a page from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the Texas Racing Commission by a 7-1 vote approved “historical racing” at Lone Star… Read more

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SPG’s National Victims Advocate powerfully speaks out in today’s Chicago Tribune

Melynda Litchfield, SPG’s National Victims Advocate, has a powerful op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune about the failure of state government to protect the safety of its own citizens from the exploitation of predatory gambling operators, operators who are sponsored by… Read more

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Government Casinos as the New Senior Citizen Center

The Atlantic has a must-read story by Amy Ziettlow, an affiliate scholar with the Institute for American Values. Read it below: Are we turning a blind eye to a government-sponsored movement that creates false community, drains money, and undermines dignity… Read more

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Voices against predatory gambling echo around the world

HELENA Koch, the star of this new television commercial, has a message for the network executives who may try to ban it. ”Will you really stop me telling my story?” asked Ms Koch, whose partner was driven to suicide four… Read more

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What other government program causes this result…over and over and over again?

Below is the latest in an endless story of children being left in cars while their parents lose their money to government’s predatory gambling program. This time it happened at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh- a casino owned by billionaire Neil… Read more

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Problem Gambling Awareness Day 2011

Julie Hynes, one of the organizers of Oregon’s Problem Gambling Awareness Day, posted this video of our speech at the State House in Salem, Oregon on September 29th. Hynes joined with Ronda Hatefi to honor Ronda’s brother Bobby (who killed… Read more

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“I would go to bed at night hoping the next day would be different … but it was never different.”

Sharon Oczkowski, a former bookkeeper at Eastern Star Home & Campus in Oriskany, New York, said in court Tuesday that the lure of gambling at the Turning Stone Resort Casino was too much for her, and she spent more than… Read more

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New film reveals how the failed policy of predatory gambling has impacted the black community

The Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law has produced a film examining gambling addiction and its effects on the African-American community in Philadelphia, weaving together interviews from community leaders, casino patrons and academics.  Watch it below.

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ESPN reveals high stakes wagering on youth football games in Florida

While our mission as an organization focuses specifically on the failed government policy of predatory gambling, the recent ESPN segment revealing the high stakes betting taking place on Florida Youth Football games is one of the most disturbing news items… Read more

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New report out of West Virginia offers more damning evidence about how predatory gambling is a failed government policy

West Virginia recently released some jaw-dropping data about the impact of the failed government policy of predatory gambling in that state. Here are some key findings: 1) Since the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia began operating about 10… Read more

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How is it possible the casino did not know this woman was an addict?

After watching the news report below from Good Morning America, how is it conceivable that anyone associated with the Seminole casino in Tampa did not know this woman was a gambling addict? It is impossible to believe that an individual… Read more

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A black woman’s reflections on the failed government policy of predatory gambling

Sandy Adell, a Wisconsin college professor and author of Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen, recently posted the excellent column below. Check it out. From Sandy Adell’s blog: A Black Woman’s Reflections on Casino Gambling, April 2011 A few weeks… Read more

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Make the casinos return the stolen money

The government program of predatory gambling can now add several more names to its continually expanding list of victims. A longtime bookkeeper for a small Chicago machinery company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the business… Read more

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Predatory Gambling Victim Needs Our Help Today

SPG Foundation Executive Director Les Bernal just returned from visiting Arelia Taveras in a New York jail. Arelia was once a highly-successful attorney who became a gambling addict – in the language of the casinos she was “played to extinction” -… Read more

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Indiana Supreme Court Exempts Casinos from State Common Law

Yesterday the Indiana Supreme Court ruled against a woman who said a riverboat preyed on her gambling addiction. Jenny Kephart of Nashville, Tenn., filed a lawsuit against Caesars Indiana in 2007 after the Ohio River casino near Louisville, Ky., sued… Read more

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The Expendable Children

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a powerful, must-read editorial about the amount of children being found left in cars at Philadelphia area casinos. These kids are simply the cost of doing business for the government program of predatory gambling.

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An avoidable tragedy in New Mexico

A heart-wrenching story from The Albuquerque Journal: The countdown to Kathy Borrego’s judgment day had already begun. In less than 55 hours, she would be standing in front of state District Judge Stephen Pfeffer to find out her punishment for… Read more

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Nothing sensible about the government program of predatory gambling

A hospital nurse, curious about what tipped patients into suicidal crisis, prompted a screening program in an Australian hospital’s emergency department. The program’s findings are depressingly stark: problem gamblers made up almost one in five of the 898 suicidal patients… Read more

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