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SPG files amicus brief in support of casino repeal ballot question in Massachusetts

Yesterday, Stop Predatory Gambling filed an amicus brief with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding the soon-to-heard case on whether citizens can vote to repeal state government’s sponsorship of casinos. Casino interests are strongly opposing the repeal question. Oral arguments… Read more

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Why don’t casino advocates and executives patronize casinos?

SPG’s National Director Les Bernal has an op-ed in today’s New Hampshire Union Leader, that state’s largest newspaper. He emphasizes that while many state leaders say they are committed to fighting unfairness and inequality, their policy of sponsoring casinos is… Read more

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Article Makes the Case Against Sports Gambling

An article in the New York Times by Stop Predatory Gambling’s Executive Director Les Bernal discusses the impacts of predatory gambling on problem gamblers and the poor and disadvantaged. It also explains the case against legalized sports gambling, saying it will… Read more

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New Report Shows How Casinos Affect Seniors

Senior citizens are becoming more and more prone to problem gambling due to casinos, according to a new report by the Institute for American Values. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to slots and similar electronic games, some of the most highly… Read more

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SPG’s Executive Director Makes the Case Against Predatory Gambling

Les Bernal, the executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling argues against the government’s involvement with and support of legalized casino gambling as a means of economic support, saying the predatory gambling has a human cost, causing many, especially the poor… Read more

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Bad Headlines Again From A Familiar Name

During the New York casino referendum, Genting Group made huge headlines for “doubling the wages” of employees at Resorts World New York (not without some prodding from a labor arbitrator). On Wednesday 175 of them were told to pick up… Read more

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SPG board member Paul Boni holds Pennsylvania regulators to account

Faith in gaming board grows as it is assigned more tasks December 29, 2013 “I think the public interest should encompass protecting the consumer from predatory tactics by the industry, instead of officially supporting the industry,” said Paul Boni, a… Read more

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“Pushing Luck” Documentary to Premiere January 15th in Tallahassee

Stop Predatory Gambling is pleased to invite you to the premiere showing of Pushing Luck, a short documentary produced by NoCasinos.org that examines the question of whether government’s policy of sponsoring casinos has failed. From Miami to Atlantic City to… Read more

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New Hampshire’s largest newspaper names casino opposition leader “Citizen of the Year.”

For his selfless and effective leadership opposing government sponsorship of predatory gambling, New Hampshire’s largest newspaper named Jim Rubens “Citizen of the Year.” We are all deeply proud of Jim and his fellow citizens who have sacrificed much to fight… Read more

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Oregon Lottery: Gamblers hooked on slot machines leave a trail of debt, divorce and despair

The Oregonian newspaper finished its series on the impact of the state lottery and gambling earlier this month. This is one piece of many in the series done by the Oregonian and we urge you to read them all. The… Read more

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Les Bernal on Internet Gambling

Earlier this month Les Bernal, president of Stop Predatory Gambling, testified before the U.S. Congress on the issue of internet gambling. You should hear what he had to say on the issue. Follow this link to the full release from the Institute for… Read more

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NY’s chief advocate of government sponsored casinos admits he doesn’t gamble himself in TV debate with SPG head

Hosted by ABC-TV New York news anchor Diana Williams, watch Les Bernal, National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling, and NY State Sen. John Bonacic, the leading proponent of casinos in NY, debate government’s sponsorship of casinos.

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Letter to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling sent a letter along with several groups urging Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to oppose efforts to bring a casino into the city of Kenosha.  The text of the letter is below. The link to the PDF… Read more

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American Gaming Association called upon to take down its “dishonest” media campaign around new film

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling called on the American Gaming Association to take down its  “dishonest” media campaign around the film release of  “Runner, Runner.”  The Associated Press carried the story. Below is the text of our letter to AGA President… Read more

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33 Scholars Link State-Sponsored Casinos to Patterns of Economic Inequality

Casino gambling is spreading into the mainstream of American life and unleashing a host of troubling problems: it is harming health, draining wealth from people in the lower ranks of the income distribution, and contributing to economic inequality. These are… Read more

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“What do you do when the toothpaste is out of the tube?”

In the video below, Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling presents to an audience of more than one thousand people at the New York State Capitol about why it is so critical that government phase out its sponsorship of predatory… Read more

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False thinking can ‘recruit’ addictive emotions

Luke Clark (2011) explains how faulty thinking helps trigger the brain’s pleasure centers, creating a cycle of harmful and sometimes addictive behavior in gamblers. Occasional wins, near misses, and machine environmental features all impact cognitive and emotional factors, Clark reports… Read more

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An early review at ‘harm minimization’

Australia has been into government-sponsored machine gambling for decades, but unlike most US jurisdictions, the government units have made some efforts to study and look for ways to minimize harm to customers. (Government acknowledges it is harming it citizens, but… Read more

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Addiction: Morals or neurology?

Recent views of psychology have suggested conscious thought serves, at best, as an advisor to behavior (See Lehrer, 2010, How We Decide). Salesmen well know the impact of emotion over reason, and gambling enterprises an illicit drug dealers rely entirely… Read more

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Duty of care from the casino side

Though written from a gambling industry bias, Kelly and Igelman (2009) examine some of the intriguing cases involving “duty of care.” Perhaps with the exception of undisclosed out-of-court settlements, casinos and other gambling businesses have largely avoided the setting of… Read more

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Dissenting judge asserts casino “duty of care”

“It seems clear that both the casinos and the State of Indiana share a common interest in gamblers – pathological or otherwise—losing as much money as quickly as possible. One wonders if Indiana’s legislators—and more importantly, their constituents—have any qualms… 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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New Shamelessly Exploitative California Lottery Ads

The California Lottery should pull down its new lottery advertising campaign “Believe” that includes imagery of the women’s suffrage movement and the fall of Communism. There is not a single act of California state government that creates more financial inequality… Read more

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First-rate journalism exposing how the NY Lottery is a policy failure

Gannett’s Albany News Bureau published an outstanding analysis of the sham that is supposed to be the New York Lottery’s whole rationale for existing: to provide revenue of public education. Read the whole story here. Here’s just one of the… Read more

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Even Casino Operators Admit There’s No Such Thing As a “Destination Casino Resort”

At a Philadelphia City Council hearing on February 7, 2013, Penn National Gaming’s Steven Snyder, Sr. Vice President for Corporate Development, admitted that no one from outside of Philadelphia would be coming to a city casino. Many journalists and elected… Read more

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Why “The Good” hang in there in the fight against government-sponsored casinos

Below is one of the best pieces you’ll read about why good citizens fight against casinos. It was written by Ivor Tossell for Macleans Canada. Why the city shouldn’t dump its hopes down a black hole Try as it might… Read more

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Like other states, how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed

Randy Schultz,  Editor of the Editorial Page for The Palm Beach Post, writes a terrific piece about how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed. Read it below: One of the worst things to happen in Florida happened 25 years ago… 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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Internet casinos defeated in Congress

Last Tuesday, Stop Predatory Gambling released its Fact Sheet about the serious and powerful push underway by some in Congress to introduce “Facebook casinos” across the U.S. during its current lame duck session. Thank you to all of you of… Read more

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America Doesn’t “Like” Facebook Casinos

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling released a Fact Sheet about the Reid-Kyl bill titled “America Doesn’t “Like” Facebook Casinos: Why the Federal Government Should Not Get into the Internet Casino Gambling Business.” You can download it here. There are at least… Read more

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Government lottery tickets are now being sold at ATMs

Among the massive mountain of ever-growing evidence about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed, comes this latest avalanche from the Minnesota Lottery: citizens in that state can now buy lottery tickets at ATMs. As they take cash out of… Read more

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Gambling away our cities

In an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Daily News, Richard Florida has a must-read story about the “casinoization” of American cities. Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, Global Research Professor at NYU and… Read more

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The City of Toronto’s Board of Health votes 9-1 against proposed city casino

The City of Toronto’s Board of Health showed uncommon courage and integrity by voting 9-1 against its mayor’s push for a casino. Read the Toronto Sun story below. (you’ll find the full report here.) Toronto’s Board of Health is putting… Read more

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Improving Chicago public schools includes ending the failed funding stream from the lottery

The Chicago Reporter has a a must-read piece by Alden Loury about how funding the public schools with lottery money undermines efforts to improve education, especially in the poorer neighborhoods who make up the bulk of lottery spending. Read it… Read more

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Results of gambling-related state referendums from across U.S.

There were several gambling-related ballot questions decided on Election Day. Here is a summary of the results: Oregon Measure 82 The question to legalize new casinos was defeated 72% t0 28% Maryland Question 7 (which has been driven by over… Read more

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Casinos aren’t much of a capitalist enterprise

There are some journalists in America who have consistently written powerfully and persuasively about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed. Paul McMorrow, an associate editor at CommonWealth magazine and frequent Boston Globe columnist, is one of them. McMorrow has… Read more

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A New Generation of Leaders Takes On Government’s Predatory Gambling Program

New political leaders like Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur continue to emerge who are calling out government’s predatory gambling policy. It is one of the biggest policy failures of the last forty years and leaders like Mizeur will play a leading… Read more

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SPG’s Les Bernal speaks about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed

I recently spoke about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed in a speech at Problem Gamblers Awareness Day held at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon on September 28, 2012. Problem Gamblers Awareness Day (PGAD) was founded by… Read more

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Lies and more lies about government and gambling

A great, must-read piece by Allan Lichtman, a professor of history at American University, making the case about how government’s experiment has failed in The Maryland Gazette: By Allan J. Lichtman Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson famously said in the campaign… Read more

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The push for internet gambling is really about online casinos, not poker

A must-read editorial about the push for internet gambling by The Christian Science Monitor: Many lawmakers in Washington and a few states are eager to approve Internet gambling. But to make it politically palatable, they are first pushing only for… Read more

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