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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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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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Self-Exclusion Programs used too little

Do casino self-exclusion programs really help people who are addicted, or are they window dressing to make the casinos look like they are doing something to help the addicted. Over the last seven years there have been several useful studies,… Read more

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Office Pools are Illegal in 46 states

  Sports betting is legal only in Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon. In all other states it is illegal, including your office pool on the NCAA basketball tournament. Last year the American Gaming Association estimated that $9 million was bet… Read more

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Under-age Gambling and Faily Fantasy Sports

  Gambling online by those who are not legally old enough has been a problem for two and a half decades. Early in the last 25 years the gambling was on Poker, then other online casinos, both on-shore and off-shore…. Read more

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Effects of Parental Gambling

Effects of Parental Gambling   I am repeating a blog I published in 2010 relating to the effects on children with gambling addicted parents. There are many articles that describe the effects on children but few relate to whether the… Read more

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Tightening the screws on the poor gambler

 ANOTHER TURN OF THE SCREW The hottest new thing in Australia where citizens gamble more per capita than any other country is the casino debit card account. The bettor places money on the card and then can use it for… Read more

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Consumer Protection

  Electronic gaming machines do not need to comply with consumer protection laws in any state. Regulators turn a blind eye to any features that would be misleading or deceptive in any other business. This has always been the case… Read more

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Are gamblers happy?

An older study of self-excluded gamblers separated demographically reveals few surprises. The study showed that gamblers over 55 averaged 17 years of gambling before excluding themselves, twice as long as younger gamblers who excluded themselves after eight or nine years…. 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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Former NFL player steals from Ohio charities

A former NFL star player for 12 years stole from at least two charities he managed. He pled guilty to charges of stealing about $100,000 after an FBI investigation. He used the money to pay off gambling debts and personal… Read more

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Churchill Downs Prospers

While many tracks around the country are struggling and a few are closing, Churchill Downs, Inc. continues to prosper, having net revenue of $1.2 billion for 2015. Despite having the best Derby profits ever, and a very strong Fall meet… Read more

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Reducing Unfairness of the Massachusetts Lottery

  The Boston Globe published an interesting editorial, calling for the scaling back of the MA Lottery. The editors call the Lottery an “economic burden on those who can least afford to shoulder it.” The average resident spends about $700… 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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Las Vegas and Suicides

  I am always fascinated by the way casino proponents distort the facts. I was filing some old stories when I ran across the transcript of a 2008 NPR All Things Considered broadcast. Suicides in Las Vegas are twice as… 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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Slots Invade the Airports

 SLOTS INVADING THE AIRPORTS OTG is a little known company that provides food services at many airports around the country including many of the largest. They have recently been installing tablets at their tables so you can order the minute… Read more

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Creating Piecemeal casinos in Illinois

PIECEMEAL CASINOS Bureaucrats are not always consistent. You put several together and form an Illinois Gaming Board, and the resulting rulings can be inconsistent. Some time back one member of the Board called strip malls with two or more five… 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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Racetrack Subsidies Decline

RACETRACK SUBSIDIES DECLINE In this time of tight state budgets, with several states running deficits, states are turning to the money that flows from casinos to racetracks to prop up the purses. The states are redirecting the money to other… 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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Education and Powerball in Arizona

POWERBALL AND EDUCATION IN ARIZONA A friend recently sent me an article about the shading of money for education in Arizona. As is the case in states that participate in Powerball only 26% of the money that Arizonians spend on… Read more

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Keeneland January Sale ends

KEENELAND JANUARY SALE Don’t get dizzy from the spin. For a sale that saw both the mean and median prices decline, the sale was still described as “solid.” This sale lasted five days instead of last year’s four, and yet… Read more

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Balmoral Park and Maywood Park Permanently Closed

  BALMORAL PARK Among its other woes, Illinois has los two historic racetracks: Balmoral Park and Maywood Park. The tracks were not killed by the usual decline in betting and attendance, but by a $77.8 million dollar judgment against the… Read more

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Suicide

SUICIDE AAmericans do not want to face the ugly side of gambling. One of the hidden side effects of gambling is suicide. Here in the US we do not even collect information about suicide and gambling. They do in Canada…. Read more

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Keeneland January Sale

  KEENELAND JANUARY SALE Here in the heart of horse country we are in the midst of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale. The usual lavish coverage by the local papers is a little subdued by the Powerball craziness… Read more

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The Powerball Frenzy is over

POWERBALL RELIEF Whew!!! Its over and three someones won and will share $1.6 billion. Of the $530 million each will receive. Federal and state taxes will take 40-50% of it leaving $260 million for each of the three. The rest… 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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Les Bernal Recognized

LES BERNAL RECOGNIZED Welcome recognition came the way of Les Bernal recently. Deseret News recognized seven people as “heroes” for making a difference. Les was among them. He was not recognized for his moral stance against gambling, but for arguing… Read more

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Judge Awards $870 million to Kentucky

JUDGE AWARDS $870 MILLION TO KENTUCKY Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate awarded $870 Million to the state against Amaya, Inc., the parent company of the website PokerStars, for illegal play from 2006 to 2011 in Kentucky. The State sued… Read more

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