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NY Lottery has known for a long time its games are used for illicit purposes; Columbia Journalism report intensifies the spotlightesty of the NY Lottery

The Columbia School of Journalism published an investigative report about the abuses occurring at the NY Lottery in which there “repeat winners” at rates that are statistically impossible. After looking away for so long, this week the NY Lottery took… Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Types of Legal Gambling and the rates of Gambling Behaviors

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Gambling Studies carried an article about the relationship between availability of legal gambling and gambling problems. Five authors contributed to the article and the results were pretty much what you would expect…. Read more

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Australian Children Influenced by Gambling Ads

Deakin University researchers found a big impact of gambling ads upon children watching football games (we call it soccer) on TV. The kids understand the various betting options during a game and have the impression that if you play the… Read more

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Virginia Fantasy Sports Innovation

One Virginia company is trying to remove the biggest complaint about Daily Fantasy Sports: the wealthy players who dump a thousand entries into the pot every day and dominate the winners. Virginia has legalized the games and passed some fairly… 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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Federal Court Blocks New Jersey Attempt to introduce Sports Betting at Casino and Tracks

New Jersey’s plan to legalize sports books at casinos and racetracks was rejected by the United States Court of Appeals, which upheld the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act which prohibits authorizing sports betting. Of the twelve justices hearing the… Read more

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Las Vegas tightens its belt, and yours too

And you thought that just those playing the daily sports fantasy games, or the lottery’s new Keno games, or the new casinos in Massachusetts, or the casinos at the racetracks were the only ones being hurt. Not so. Las Vegas… Read more

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Meaning of the “duty of care”

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled that casinos and suppliers of gambling technology have no “duty of care” to their customers. West Virginia joins Indiana in declaring that casinos have no responsibility to their patrons and cannot be sued… Read more

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New gambling for kids

Now we have a “weird” new $2.3 billion gambling game involving garish virtual assault rifles. The latest scandal involves “video game weapon skins” available to any age including kids using parents credit cards. The video gaming world based on “Counter-Strike:… Read more

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Need for legislatures to rein in the excesses of casinos

Former President Bill Clinton once floated the idea of a 2% federal tax on casinos. He drew such a storm of criticism from gambling governors and casino owners that there were two results. Clinton withdrew his proposal and the American… Read more

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Business and Gambling

  One of the greatest mysteries of any campaign to introduce slots at a tracks or to open a new casino is that the local Chambers of Commerce lends their support to the gamblers.. The reason this is a mystery… 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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Illinois Creates Addicts

Back in October 2015 Keith Whyte, director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, called the Illinois video gambling law ”perhaps the worst model for legalized gambling in the country right now.” Whyte further pointed out that there is no… Read more

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Daily Fantasy Sports Update

Here is a brief update of the Daily Fantasy Sports Games as of the end of April. Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington have prohibited them as against state laws on gambling. Attorneys General or Gambling Control Boards in Nevada,… 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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Skill Based Slot Machines

  The search for new ways to draw in players who may become addicted and a new source of revenue never ends. Casinos are now preparing for skill based slot machines. They are currently in the testing stage. The target… 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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Nominee for the worst casino

THE WORST CASINO   Ever wondered where the worst casino in the US is? Ever wondered why people keep going back? Here is one nomination. Had some of the worst reviews I have ever read. This is not a balanced… 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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Powerball Frenzy

POWERBALL FRENZY This morning the Powerball grand prize stands at $1.3 BILLION, the largest in history, and more than the budget of several of the smaller countries in the world. As you can imagine, the nation has gone crazy in… 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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New Mexico Lottery Scholarships

The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill to allow lottery tickets to be purchased by credit card. Fortunately, it is being opposed by Guy Clark of Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico. There is so much wrong about this bill… Read more

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