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Las Vegas is covering up its basic business

Las Vegas casinos are trying to prove they are good corporate citizens, while continuing to prey upon their customers. What is the point? I would believe in the sincerity of their efforts if they removed overspending gamblers from their floor;… Read more

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A question about stolen money

Why is it that casinos get away with keeping stolen money when the criminal patron is discovered? Since most players use a rewards card, and the casinos gather all kinds of information including annual salary, why are not casinos required… 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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My personal dreams

    I dream of the day when gambling will shrink instead of grow. I dream of the day when state budgets will shrink instead of grow with gambling. I dream of the day when lies and distortions will be… Read more

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A new way to raise political contributions

A few legislators across the country have discovered an effective means of raising campaign donations. What they do is sponsor controversial legislation. While the legislator may lose a few donations, they tend to gain many from the true believers or… Read more

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Gambling Employment Statistics

Someone may be fudging the figures. The American Gaming Association 2013 State of the States claims there are 332,000 gaming employees nationwide with over half of them in Nevada. The U.S. Government Occupational Employment Statistics says there are only 263,500… Read more

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Describes a new way the slot machines works behind the scenes to manipulate you

An interview with Natasha Schull recently appeared in the Christian Science Monitor. In the interview, she revealed the newest form of manipulation by the casinos to get you to gamble more, faster and longer. You would not know that anything… Read more

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The growth of pathological gamblers

How do gambling advocates get away with saying with pride that the percentage of pathological gamblers has remained at 1.5% for decades? It is really quite simple. They may be correct that the percentage of “active” pathological gamblers is from… Read more

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California Revenues from Gambling

California is our third largest state geographically, and the largest in population at 38,332,521. If it were a separate nation it would be the 13th largest economy in the world. California has a lottery, card rooms, race tracks and 58… Read more

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Proposed new casino in New Jersey

  Yet another new casino is proposed for the northeast, this time at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This casino, estimated to cost a billion dollars, could easily become another failure like the Revel in Atlantic City. The… Read more

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Back to Iowa in 2000

Prior to 2003 when I began collecting gambling information online, I used to collect news articles from friends around the country, and file them in photo albums by topic and date. I have a closet lined with shelves for albums…. Read more

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Gambling and Hypnosis

Treatment of “disordered” gamblers does not get enough attention. Since most states have chronic budget problems, many of them have looked at the money for treatment of addicted gamblers and either reduced or eliminated it. Much of the research about… Read more

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The basic dishonesty of “Responsible Gaming”

Casino representatives claim that the casinos “take addiction seriously.” The evidence points in another direction. One bit of evidence is the location of “Responsible Gambling” information on websites. On many casinos websites it is difficult or impossible to find the… Read more

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Why do Business Leaders Support Casino Gambling? (Continued)

Business Losses   As indicated above in the discussion of jobs, surrounding businesses suffer loss of income when casinos absorb huge amounts of cash from the local economy. Gas stations in the immediate area of the casino enjoy a boost,… Read more

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Why do business leaders support casinos?

WHY DO BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT CASINOS?   Why have several Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky (e.g., Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky) issued statements of support for the introduction of casinos into the state? This is a mystery in the light… Read more

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Alabama PBS Interviews SPG’s Les Bernal

SPG’s Les Bernal was recently in Montgomery, AL by invitation of the Alabama Citizens Action Program to lobby against a lottery and gambling bill.  Below is an interview with Alabama PBS about predatory gambling and Alabama. Watch it here:  ​http://video.aptv.org/video/2365493405/​

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Is day trading fading

About 15 years ago there was a rising tide of concern over compulsive gamblers getting hooked on day trading of stocks. The fear among those who treated gamblers was that day trading fed the worst kind of addictions, and that… Read more

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Washington Post columnist: “Why you should never, ever play the lottery”

Washington Post columnist Matthew O’Brien explains “why you should never, ever play the lottery.” Yet state governments endlessly encourage citizens to do just that, underscoring why we need national reform on this issue. Read his excellent column here.  

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Convoluted Thinking about Gambling

One of my favorite mathematical exercises is the following: X = 0 X(X-1) = 0 X- 1 = 0 X=1 Therefore, 1= 0 Most of us suspect that the conclusion is wrong. Can you spot the fallacy? While the second… Read more

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Florida Dog Racing

As noted in the past, dog racing is a dying gambling venue. GRA/America disputes this and says it is a growing sport. Grey2K claims it should be dying because it is cruel. I have just spent a month in Florida… Read more

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Keeneland and Red Mile expansion

Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky at one time was associated with elegant gambling in a gorgeous location. Now it is moving toward predatory exploitation. Keeneland is moving its simulcasting facility into a $2 million dollar section of the Red Mile’s… Read more

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Sale of Revel Casino

Want to lose a lot of money? Invest in a casino in the wrong place. The Revel cost $2.4 billion to build, and was the most lavish casino in Atlantic City for its brief two year existence. Several bids for… Read more

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SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Les Bernal recently presented on the public policy of government-sponsored gambling at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee. He explained why any serious effort to address the rising unfairness and inequality in America must include, as part of its… Read more

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Effects of Gambling Parents

  Gambling treatment specialists have long suspected that having parents who were disordered gamblers increased the probability that the children would have gambling problems. The difficulty has been to figure out whether the connection was genetic, or environmental..   A… Read more

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Man Bites Dog

For the past 23 years I have been writing about the social consequences of expanded gambling. The “fruit” of gambling is very public: jobs and revenue. The pain of gambling caused by the addicted and the problem gamblers is mostly… Read more

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Casinos keep you gambling

It has been reported a hundred times from coast to coast that there are no clocks in casinos. Any visitor to a casino knows that as well, so probably two-thirds of the population knows that. Most also know that the… Read more

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Casino expansion makes no sense for citizens

Throughout Kentucky’s long and storied history coal was king in Eastern Kentucky. The government aided the industry with the “broad form deed” and liberal mineral rights laws that often destroyed the surface value for the owner to get the coal…. Read more

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On filling out NCAA Brackets

Have you filled out your bracket for who is going to win it all? Kicked in your $2 or $5 at the office? Turns out these three weeks until the national championship game are second only to Super Bowl Sunday… Read more

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Kansas has lost with casinos

Hard times hit Kansas. Government leaders sold their soul to the casino business and lost.   In March 2007 the legislature passed and Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill to approve the first “government owned” casinos in the country. Casino… Read more

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First National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling, Sept. 26 & 27

Bobby Hafemann took his life because he became addicted to electronic gambling machines. Who was the primary sponsor and beneficiary of the machines that led to his death? His own state government.  Bobby’s sister, Ronda Hatefi, has organized an annual… Read more

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Is raising horses an “industry” or a hobby?

The track spokespersons like to talk about the horse “industry.” The business is more appropriately called an agribusiness since the only product is the breeding of horses, about 80% of which are useless and shipped to Canada for dog food,… Read more

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A Law Suit Against the Oregon Lottery

  An increasing number of legal cases are being filed against casinos and lotteries in efforts to make them responsible for the damage they cause, A recent very interesting case has arisen in Portland, OR involving the dishonest presentation of… Read more

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New legislation proposed in Illinois to limit video slots

Three years ago Illinois approved video gambling machines, up to five per site with an alcohol license. There are now thousands around the state and many people are concerned by the proliferation to include garden shops, gas stations, hardware stores,… Read more

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Complicated Legal Situation in Connecticut

Despite the best efforts of state legislative research offices, and legislative staff members, laws are sometimes proposed and even passed which conflict. As society has become ever more complex the complications of conflicting laws increase. Connecticut is giving us one… Read more

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The battle over Instant Racing in Kentucky

Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky have been battling Instant Racing (brand name) for over four years. On one side are the opponents including individuals, the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the Kentucky Council on Alcohol and Gambling Problems and… Read more

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Instant Racing is not pari-mutuel

Instant Racing (also called Historical Racing) is a slot-like gambling operation. In states that only allow pari-mutuel gambling the key issue is whether Instant Racing is pari-mutuel. It is not. Pari-mutuel is a type of pooled betting where bets of… Read more

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Revisiting a Maine casino after eight years

Penn National, a major casino corporation, opened Maine’s first slots parlor in connection with a harness racing track in Bangor, Maine in late 2006. Some of the results were summarized by CasinosNo, a Maine grassroots organization that opposed the casino…. Read more

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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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30 Reasons to Oppose Gambling Expansion

30 REASONS TO OPPOSE EXPANDED GAMBLING   Reason # 1. If you gamble you lose money.   Reason # 2. Gambling is not recreation. Recreation restores. Gambling depletes energy, resources, and induces guilt.   Reason # 3. Gambling is addictive…. Read more

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Keeneland and Quarter Horses

BLOG NO 24 KEENELAND AND QUARTER HORSES February 19, 2015   Keeneland, Kentucky’s most elegant track, seems to have put its dainty foot in a really big horse pile. The plan was to buy a really decrepit harness track in… Read more

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