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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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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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