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Federal Court Blocks New Jersey Attempt tp 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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Petition drive fails for casinos at the tracks

Secretary of State John Gale announced Thursday August 11 that a propose constitutional amendment to allow casinos at the horse tracks fell short of qualifying. Thirty-five percent of the 120,000 signatures submitted were invalid because they were not registered voters,… Read more

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Alabama considers a lottery

The Republican Governor of Alabama has asked the legislature to approve a referendum on a lottery. He says the legislature has refused to reduce spending or raise taxes, and the state is facing an $80 million shortfall. The Christian Science… Read more

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Indian Property Rights

Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote an appeal for Indian property rights, so they can borrow to establish businesses, in the July 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal. For the last three decades about all they could do to make money… 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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DFS slips through the MA Legislature

Daily Fantasy Sports legislation slipped through the Massachusetts Legislature, tucked in a popular development bill.  Proponents slipped it into a bill the legislature wanted to pass. Massachusetts became the eighth state to legalize DFS games, although the governor still has… Read more

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National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling Sept 25 through Oct 1

National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling is Sept 25 through Oct 1. One of the major actions that week is to organize more than 200 local screenings of the new film “Out of Luck” across the United States… Read more

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High Tech Wagering

You will never guess how high-tech wagering in entering the US. Through horse-racing!!! Only New Jersey has approved it so far, although it has also passed the California and New York Legislatures, although the tracks are resisting. You can bet… Read more

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Comments on workplace theft

A new study has been conducted of workplace theft in Australia. A special focus of the study was of medium sized businesses where the theft involved cash, electronic fund transfers and false invoices for goods never received. Fast growing businesses… Read more

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Churchill Downs continues to proper, but not with horse racing alone

Of the 64% of Americans who gambled on something this past year, only 7% gambled on horse racing. Yet Churchill Downs enjoyed a record setting second quarter with revenues of $438.5 million, up 7% over last year. By holding expenses… Read more

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Federal judge rules against MA tribe seeking casino

A Federal judge ruled on Tuesday, July 26 that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe inappropriately received permission from the Department of the Interior to build a billion dollar casino near Taunton, MA. The judge ruled that since the tribe was not… Read more

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Gallup Poll on Gambling

A new Gallup poll on gambling habits was conducted by phone with 1025 participants. The headline draws the wrong conclusion from data that shows that the percentage of lottery players is larger at higher income levels. From this the reporter… Read more

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Graphic Presentation or video: does it matter?

The Franklin Circuit judge ruled that a graphic representation is as good as a video and does not affect the issue before his court which is whether the gambling is pari-mutuel. In one small concession to The Family Foundation, Judge… Read more

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Australian Sports Betting

Sports betting is legal in Australia, unlike the US where it is legal in only four states, although widely practiced in many other states by means of fantasy sports sites. In Australia, as a result, there are serious concerns about… Read more

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Skill Based Slots

The next wave of slots will have an element of skill involved, which will slightly increase the player’s chance of winning. The goal is to entice younger players who largely shun regular slot machines.   The difficulty is to provide… 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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Kids and Simulated Gambling Games

Australia is frequently ahead of the US in developing gambling problems, because gambling is so readily available there. The latest report from the Australian Gambling Research Centre   indicates the popularity of simulated gambling games has been growing, with a third… Read more

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Fasig Tipton Crashes

After Monday’s promising Fasig-Tipton sale, the realities of the horse racing market returned with a thud. The few horses with the right pedigree and a strong physical appearance drew active bidding and good prices. The rest of the field with… 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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Lottery Rigging

U.S. Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, has sent a letter demanding a hearing to the leaders of the Multi-state Lottery Association. He claims the lottery association has done little to assure that the theft cannot occur again…. Read more

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Battle of kottery game suppliers

In a display of just how competitive and nasty the lottery business can be an employee of Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia downloaded thousands of computer files, which included intellectual property, trade secrets, contracts, marketing and sales plans and data… Read more

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Atlantic City Casinos

Atlantic City was reduced to eight casinos after it lost four in 2014 and 2015. It is supposed to get back to nine as The Revel was to reopen on June 16. I have yet to find where that is… Read more

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Results of the expansion of racinos

Two decades ago there were only a handful of racinos and the tracks were enjoying their best days. In the intervening years the tracks pleaded that they needed slots at the tracks to remain viable. Over the past twenty years… 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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Downtown Atlanta Casino

As usual, the casino owners are touting taxes and jobs as they woo downtown Atlanta as a new potential site. It will be an expensive proposition with high land costs, expensive building costs and other problems, so the initial proposal… Read more

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Differing Gambling Definitions

Ever wondered why different states allow different kinds of gambling without changing the law? As it turns out states define gambling differently. They fall broadly into four different categories: states that ban games where chance is the predominant factor, states… 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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State Rank by Fiscal Condition

The  Mercatus Center of George Mason University has issued its second annual ranking of the states by fiscal condition. The ranking is based such factors as cash on hand, short and long term debt and underfunded pensions and health care… 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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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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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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Vegas Sportbook Underpays Winners

Are you surprised?  Sometimes the regular percentage for gambling establishments is just not enough.  Cantor Gambling (CG) operated sports books at The Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Tropicana, Hard Rock, Palm, Silverton and the M.  In 2014 CG reached a settlement with The… Read more

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Most Gambling Addicted States

WalletHub.com has published its evaluation of the states that are most gambling addicted. Not surprisingly Nevada, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey made the top seven. But there were a few surprises in the top ten. WalletHub.com used 13 key… Read more

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This morning’s congressional hearing on gambling

Here’s a link to the statement we’re presenting to members of Congress at the congressional hearing on online fantasy sports gambling this morning in Washington, DC. Many of us first participated in our mission to oppose a regional casino or… Read more

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Age Verification for Online Gambling: “The appearance of protection but in reality it buckles like a wall of tin foil”

Age Verification for Online Gambling: “The appearance of protection but in reality it buckles like a wall of tin foil”

Below is how online gambling operators like FanDuel, in their own words, describe the age verification process they use to protect kids. It gives the appearance of protection but in reality it buckles like a wall of tin foil The… Read more

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3 things to know about your taxes and state gambling revenues

As the nation’s annual April 15th tax filing deadline nears, one reason why you and citizens everywhere are paying more taxes for less government services than you should is because of regional casinos and lotteries. State governments have relentlessly pushed… Read more

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Thoroughbred racing deaths

  Finally, we see a little ray of sunshine for the racing industry. The Jockey Club announced yesterday that during 2015 deaths of horses within three days of their last race had declined 14% over the previous year. The racing… Read more

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