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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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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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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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Electronic Gaming Machines and Domestic Violence

For several years the relation between various gambling venues and domestic violence has been established in several studies. This particular study investigates the relation between electronic gambling machines and domestic violence reports by postal codes in Australia. The study used… 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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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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SPG Sends Pennies to State Opinion Leaders Calling on Them to Use Slots

Below is the press release and here is the link to the letter  SPG mailed on Thursday: (LAWRENCE, MA)- In sharp contrast to the  millions of dollars spent by casinos on TV ads and mailings that don’t mention the word… Read more

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Columbia School of Public Health publishes major story on impacts of casinos and lotteries

The Columbia School of Public Health published a major national story about the massive public health impacts of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries. Investigated by Elaine Meyer, it spotlights how predatory gambling is harming millions of Americans and the communities they… 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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Machine gambling faster track to addiction

In this hallmark study, Robert Breen and Mark Zimmerman (2002) demonstrate how much faster gamblers become addicted to machine gambling than more “traditional” modes of play. Their study, conducted from the Brown University School of Medicine, demonstrated development of pathological… Read more

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I’m Losing Money. So Why Do I Feel So Good?

The Sunday New York Times published an excellent piece by Randall Doss about slot machines and MIT’s Natasha Schull new book “Addiction By Design”: I’m Losing Money. So Why Do I Feel So Good? By RANDALL STROSS Published: January 12,… 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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Government allows slot machines to be “legally rigged” against its own citizens

Steve Siegel has a must-read piece analyzing the slot machine business model  in The Buffalo News. Read it below: All but the most brazenly optimistic gamblers entertain the possibility that they may lose money at a casino. Therefore, gamblers usually… Read more

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Why casinos program slot machines to simulate near misses

Numerous studies over the last two decades have noted the tendency of gamblers to remember their wins better than their losses.  Others have noted that gamblers frequently underestimate their losses and claim to have “broken even” for a night or… Read more

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New Slot Machines: Who’s Playing Whom?

Ron Dicker of The Huffington Post exposes server-based slot machines, the newest development in government’s failed predatory gambling program: More than a million slot machines inhale $1 billion a day in American casinos. Apparently that’s not enough. The machines are… Read more

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Making the experience of losing almost $3500 feel like you’ve only lost $100

A recent column in The Sydney Morning Herald underscores how little knowledge problem gamblers have about the amount of money they are losing. While people often underestimate their spending on various items, like transportation and clothing, the amount of money… Read more

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Addictive Nature of Slots Forces Australia to Consider a Policy Change

According to a 2010 Australian Productivity Commission Report, 60% of total poker machine losses in the country were lost by problem gamblers. Now, the Australian government is considering major reforms of predatory gambling policies in the country. This includes reducing… Read more

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Why is the U.S. so far behind on “harm minimization” policies?

In his excellent series this week on the technology behind slot machines, John Mangels of the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out that many countries are enacting policies that minimize the harm that casinos and slots inevitably cause to individuals and… Read more

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Another major U.S. media outlet exposes the failed government policy of predatory gambling

Following on the heels of the 60 Minutes investigation into slot machines that aired in January, The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Science Writer John Mangels publishes his investigative series into predatory gambling this week appropriately titled “Game of Trance.” The quality… Read more

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One of the world’s experts speaks out on electronic gambling machines

Dr. Tim Falkiner, one of the world’s foremost experts on electronic gambling machines,  is interviewed on Australian radio as the predatory gambling debate dominates the national agenda in that country.  “Pokies” is the term used by Australians to describe electronic… Read more

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Government’s biggest dirty secret

The Philadelphia City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson writes another excellent column this week about casinos, this time about the recent hearing on a bill that would allow the revoked Foxwoods Casino license to be re-bid statewide. Thompson writes: “Less cunning was… Read more

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Take five minutes to help stop predatory slots

Native American casinos have been a driving force behind the massive expansion of predatory gambling that has overwhelmed the U.S. over the last twenty years. It’s happened in large part because so-called “Class II” slot machines, often called “electronic bingo… Read more

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Bally Slots Wins Coveted Title of “Best Slots Manufacturer;” Heads to roll at IGT

On the eve of Super Bowl Sunday, Bally Slots is proudly hoisting its own championship trophy this morning as it won the title of ‘Best Slot Manufacturer’ at the recent 2011 International Gaming Awards. After winning the prestigious award, Bally… Read more

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Slot machine designers target kids

International Gaming Technology, the biggest maker of slot machines, offered previews of the company’s machines based on “American Idol” and “The Dark Knight” at last week’s Global Gaming Expo. There can be no question who the target audience is for these machines…. Read more

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A huge ripoff even by the standards of a business based on ripoffs

The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland state government agreed this week to pay nearly $50 million to buy about 1,000 slot machines for the planned Cecil County casino. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a longtime leader against the government program of predatory… Read more

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Big Deception will win the Derby

On the eve of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, much is being written about the economic decline for horse racing. Money bet on horse races, known as the handle, is off nearly 30 percent, to $12 billion in 2009. Casino interests have… Read more

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The Glitch

A Colorado woman won $42 million at a penny slot machine but the casino says it was a “glitch” and will not give her the money. This story adds even more credibility to the description of slot machines as a… Read more

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Problem machines. Not problem gamblers.

Yesterday there was another major story about the amount of injuries being inflicted by casinos and slot machines. “Slot machines produce a trance-like state,” said Wiley Harwell, executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling. “People lose… Read more

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Financial losses, not winning, is the purpose of the new Sex in the City slot machines

The Las Vegas Sun reports about the new Sex in the City slot machine based on the hit TV show. According to the story: Although typical slot machines feature one screen of spinning reels, this game divides the screen into… Read more

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Can we now say the slots user has zero chance?

The Las Vegas Sun has a news story today about new technology that will allow the first Vegas casino to network all of its slot machines on the floor, regardless of which company designed the machine. According to the report:… Read more

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The new story line about the predatory gambling trade in America

The Massachusetts Legislature held a public hearing on casinos last week and not one of the gambling operators who testified denied that their business model, their product or their marketing was predatory. 1) They did not deny that casinos earn… Read more

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One of the most revealing reports about the predatory gambling trade you will ever read

Jim Rubens, leader of New Hampshire’s No Slots effort, distributed an excellent email summary of a must-read report released October 21. Here’s an excerpt from his email: Video slot machines became pervasive across almost the entire Australian nation by 1995…. Read more

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Another example why Congress needs to act now against slot machines

A story from Pennsylvania provides us another look behind slot machines and the nefarious regulatory process surrounding them. Three people — including a former borough police officer — are accused in a plot to rig a slot machine at the… Read more

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Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Slots Proposal

The Ohio Supreme Court did its part yesterday to help get the state and America back on the right track and reaffirm our founding democratic principles. In a 6-1 decision, the Court ruled that voters must have the chance to… Read more

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The Top 10 Best Practices in the Predatory Gambling Trade

Yesterday, a “Best Practices in the Gambling Industry” conference sponsored by the predatory gambling trade was held at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston. Here are the trade’s Top 10 “Best Practices”: 1) Base your business model on 90% of the… Read more

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Rosie the Riveter never relied on gimmicks and false hope

The Bethlehem Sands casino, built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel which was once a symbol of America’s industrial might, asked the state of Pennsylvania for more slot machines yesterday. When the casino was proposed, the something for… Read more

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How is offering free slots play not predatory?

The Connecticut Attorney General announced yesterday the state’s two Native American casinos will pay the state $25 million in slot revenues to compensate for promotions that allowed gamblers to use slot machines for free. State officials said Foxwoods offered some… Read more

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