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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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Rigged Lottery Games

RIGGED LOTTERY PRIZES   If the amount of money is big enough, and the opportunity seems foolproof, many among us would be tempted to steal, unless we have a really strong moral reason not to steal. Apparently that has happened… Read more

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Florida and Daily Fantasy Sports

FLORIDA AND DAILY FANTASY SPORTS   The editors of TCPalm put together an interesting piece concerning daily fantasy sports, The key issue is whether it is a game of skill or chance. Two Florida legislators, a Senator and a Representative,… Read more

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Iraqi Man Wins Oregon Lottery

IRAQI MAN WINS OREGON LOTTERY An Iraqi man bought an Oregon Lottery ticket through Thelotter.com which is an internet site on the Island of Malta owned by Israelis. The ticket had been printed at a little deli called Binky’s on… Read more

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Kentucky Horse Farm Revenue

    December 24, 2015   While I could not find the exact figure for the average horse farm revenue, and even less the amount of profit, I was able to establish some figures from the 2012 Kentucky farm census… Read more

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Global Gambling Losses

  December 26, 2015   In early September of 2015 The Economist published one of their “Graphic Detail” series. It was a national comparison of several facts about gambling. The article was entitled “Betting the House.” There are four main… Read more

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Kentucky Racing in Disarray

Kentucky racing is going every which way, and who knows who will be the winner. The Racing Commission approved the fourth “historical racing” site at Turfway in Northern Kentucky. They plan to install 250 machines that are still not certainly… Read more

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DraftKings and Exclusion Lists

DraftKings has finally admitted that it is a gambling game and not a game of skill. Since more than 90% of the winning is done by less than 10% of the players who use special computer based algorithms to pick… Read more

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New York Bans Daily Fantasy Games

We have some really good news from New York. Some of you may have noticed the little article in today’s local papers. The New York Attorney General ordered Draft Kinds and Fan Duel and other daily fantasy companies to stop… Read more

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Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling

We released our new report today on the Presidential candidates and their positions on predatory gambling: “Standing Up for The Lottery Class: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling.”  You can read the full report… Read more

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Racing is a Funny Business

Who can understand the economics of horse racing? Everyone moans about the decline of racing: the closing of tracks, the low purses, the rising expenses, the rising cost of transportation, and even some complaints about unreasonable stud fees. Yet somebody… Read more

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Australian Pokies

Gambling opponents in Australia are trying a new approach. The government and the casinos are pushing the “Gamble Responsibly” message which implies that the problem is a few irresponsible people that are causing the addiction problems with basically harmless machines…. Read more

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Our National Report on How Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling Impacts You

You’ve seen the ads for DraftKings, FanDuel and other online sports gambling operators. Today, we released our new national report on Daily Fantasy Sports gambling: “Use Promo Code INEQUALITY:  Inside Online Fantasy Sports Gambling and the Misleading, Unfounded Lobbying Push… Read more

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States want more gambling

Several states are attempting to expand gambling to shore up state revenue. One of them is Georgia. There has been little serious checking of the downside of gambling expansion: increased crime, divorce, poverty, addiction. As is usually the case, the… Read more

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Illinois Lottery Mess

Many of us have read about the road fund mess in Illinois that is beyond the ability of the state to fix. Then came the Great Budget Impasse of 2015 (since July15). The legislature has been deadlocked and is months… Read more

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Daily Fantasy Games

The fastest growing gambling enterprises are the daily fantasy sports games. An estimated 57 million Americans are playing them, many of them on a daily basis. There are now over 200 sites with DraftKings and FanDuel leading the way. When… Read more

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Connecticut Casino Collapse

The two Connecticut Indian casinos enjoyed over a decade of roaring hot success. They drew over half their customers from out of state, employed over 20,000 people, and fueled expansion from the hundreds of millions they took in each year…. Read more

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Legislative gifts to the New York Lottery

As has been stated by many writers the lotteries are a form of taxation that is regressive. New York has made it worse by adding slots to their lottery. This was done following 9/11 when the state was desperate for… Read more

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Idaho Legislature Rejects Instant Racing

A former Idaho legislator, and SPG affiliate, wrote a packed little one and a half page article about the recent rejection of Instant Racing by the legislature. This action is claimed to be the biggest reaction against gambling since South… Read more

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Crime at Casinos

Casino operators would have you believe that crime is reduced by their brightly lighted parking lots and extra police patrols in the area. Other reports tell a different story, which indicates that the casino is not the safest place to… Read more

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Horse Breakdowns at the tracks

There are so many negatives for horse racing to overcome, that it is not surprising that its popularity is declining. In recent years there have been doped horses, fixed races, electronic cheating, poor purses and shabby maintenance. Nothing is worse… Read more

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First Nineteen Days of a new casino in Kentucky

The Red Mile/Keeneland joint casino at the Red Mile got off to a relatively slow start which the tracks called fast. In the first nineteen days it was open in September the facility took in $5,115,524 and returned just over… Read more

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A Bankruptcy Case

I have always wondered why gamblers who lose more than they make in a year are not checked to make sure they are gambling with their own money. And if they are not gambling their own money why does the… Read more

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One Day Fantasy Sports Games are Gambling

One day fantasy leagues are gambling. You put down money and you risk losing it. Nearly everyone does. Like other forms of gambling the money is distributed from the many to the few. The big winners constitute 1.6 % of… Read more

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