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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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Confucius and the Lottery

China restricts legal gambling to casinos on Macau and the national lottery. They even restrict the number of trips a gambler can make per year to Macau. But even this limited gambling sagged so the China Lottery in 2010 added… Read more

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A new way to take your money

Yet another devious means of increasing gambling is in the works here in Kentucky. The Lottery has proposed a new game called EquiLottery which although opposed by The Family Foundation, sailed through Committee to the floor of the Senate where… Read more

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Gambling you cannot refuse

Illinois is really struggling. The state is the worst case example of how to maximize the problems that stem from gambling. Illinois, once a wealthy industrial state with a huge farming base as well, has fallen on hard times. It… Read more

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Looking back to issues eight year’s ago

Eight years ago I wrote a blog outlining reasons to oppose casinos. Those reasons are worth revisiting.   1.) Casinos want you to gamble ten times what you lose. That way you are supposed to be happy 90% of the… Read more

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How to kill a casino

For casinos to be profitable they must have a monopoly and their customers must have no protection. So, here are some suggested amendments to any proposed casino bill that will make it less attractive to bring a casino to your… Read more

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Opening horse farms to tours

I have lived in Kentucky for 48 years. I have managed to tour a horse farm twice in that time. The horse farms are not currently open. And who can blame them, for who wants a visitor to accidentally damage… Read more

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Oklahoma Senator wants to end Lottery

A rare event has happened in Oklahoma. A state senator, A.J. Griffin, has suggested shutting down the state lottery. The Oklahoma lottery is one of the smaller ones which produces only $200 million in revenue per year. It costs more… Read more

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Casino cash payments to Native American tribes

The cash from casinos has done some very good things for some Native American tribes. Direct per capita payments may not be one of them. Revenues from casinos go into three main expenditures: direct per capita payments, tribal infrastructure, and… Read more

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Proposal to expand casinos in Illinois

Some Illinois legislators appear to be slow learners. Over the past decade as legislators have expanded gambling to solve budget problems, the state has fallen deeper into deficit spending. The solution: expand gambling some more. With a new Republican governor… Read more

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The role of ATMs in casinos

One of the most honest statements ever made by a casino executive was that the goal of the casino was to get you to “gamble to extinction.” This was expressed by an official if Harrahs (before it was absorbed by… Read more

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More bad news for racing

On the slippery slope to disaster horse racing just cannot seem to find its footing. State governments keep approving additional gaming competition and are gradually killing racing. In December betting on racing was down 9% and for the year it… Read more

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Some Casino Problems

It is not just horse racing that is experiencing some difficulties. Some casinos are also enjoying reduced revenues. When casino revenue declines, employees are always the first to feel the pain. That happened again last week when the Casino Queen… Read more

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More Horse Racing Woes

Misery and woe continue for the horse racing enterprise. On-track gambling is disappearing, with approximately 80% of gambling based on simulcasting. The tracks with high overhead receive a much smaller percentage of the gambling dollar than the low overhead betting… Read more

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State approvals of Instant Racing”

Various websites give conflicting information concerning the status of Historical or “Instant Racing.” The states approving Instant Racing include Arkansas by constitutional amendment, Kentucky by action of the Racing Commission undergoing a constitutional challenge, Oregon in 2006, but later ruled… Read more

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Michigan Horseracing is Dying

In 2000 there were eight horse racing tracks in Michigan. Now there are two. This is the result of a January 7, 2015 announcement that Sports Creek Raceway in Swartz Creek (west of Flint) was closing for good. It had… Read more

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About Gamblers Anonymous

Many people have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step program to assist people in overcoming alcoholism, With a good dose of will power this program has helped tens of thousands. Gamblers Anonymous is a similar organization for… Read more

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Suppression of free speech

Assaults upon our Constitutional guarantee to free speech have often happened down through our history. Political speakers in the nineteenth century were stoned and rotten tomatoed off the stage.  The FCC has threatened to shut down Christian broadcasters who refused… Read more

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Casinos and Embezzlement

Embezzlement is very interesting because it is among the most frequently mentioned crimes to which pathological gamblers admit, yet the number of arrests and convictions nationwide is quite small.   The question becomes, is there really a connection between embezzlement and… Read more

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The relation of casinos to divorce

Today we return to the abc’s of gambling addiction.  The topic is divorce.  Scholars have established that pathological  (or disordered) gambling results in extreme financial stress on the gambler and his or her family.  Financial stress is one of the… Read more

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Three Locations selected for New York casinos

Churchill Downs, Inc. was one of 16 bidders for four casinos licenses in New York.  They had teamed with Saratoga Raceway, and Casino, a harness track.  Applying for a site in the Albany-Saratoga area.  Churchill envisioned a $300 million investment. … Read more

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The relationship of casinos and crime

The relationship with casinos and crime is evolving.  The baseline is changing and the research is becoming more complicated.  The first point is that crime inside the casino would not exist if the casino were not there.  The extent of… Read more

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The effects of casinos on bankruptcy/foreclosure

Nearly two years ago (January 2013) I wrote a six page paper on the relationship between bankruptcy and gambling.  It was a repeat of the same study I had done in 2007 and 3010.  In those first two studies there… Read more

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The best campaign I ever worked on…

The best campaign I ever worked on…

It was a beautiful spring thaw day in February 2013, sunny with temps in the 50s, when a neighbor knocked on my door to ask me where I stood on the casino proposal in Milford. I wear my politics on… Read more

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Addictive Gambling and Public Health

As I indicated yesterday, the health effects of addictive gambling are frequently ignored.  Those who consider addictive gambling to be a victimless matter simply ignore the truth.  Gambling industry research focuses on a “disease” model of pathological gambling which makes… Read more

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Addictive gambling and health problems

One of the least noticed aspects of gambling addiction is the impact upon health.  The economic effects like bankruptcy and foreclosure are well known, and the social effects like divorce receive attention, but the health effects are neglected.,  So far,… Read more

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Gambling Addiction notes

The unraveling of the moral fabric of our nation is evident from the attitude toward gambling addiction.  Gambling is different from most other addictions in several ways. Gambling addiction is more hidden. Families cover it up, and often bail out… Read more

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Instant Racing comes to Texas

I missed this story back in August, but it is important enough to mention even though late.  Taking a page from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the Texas Racing Commission by a 7-1 vote approved “historical racing” at Lone Star… Read more

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Five Year assessment of Pittsburgh casino

Being wrong is not easy.  So, most folks do not admit it, including the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.  The paper was an ardent enthusiast for the casino during the run-up to its opening five years ago.  Opponents cited crime, snarled traffic, and… Read more

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Problem Gambling Under the Radar

One reason that gambling problems are often minimized is that they are often not obvious.  An interview with Al Antle of the Credit Counselling Service of Newfoundland and Labrador revealed several of them.  One reason is that the wealthy are… Read more

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Keeneland (KY) and the spread of Instant Racing

The expansion of gambling has been removed from the voters and the Legislature in Kentucky.  Expansion is now in the hands of the Horse Racing Commission in one of the most blatant seizures of power in Kentucky history.  While Instant… Read more

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The spreading of casino saturation

We have all read the story of saturation of the gambling market in the eastern U.S.  We may not realize it, but the 12 casinos in Atlantic City out-earned the casinos on the Las Vegas strip from 1983-1999.  Such success… Read more

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Expansion of Mini-casinos in Illinois

The story of video terminals in mini-casinos in Illinois is very interesting.  John Alan Boryk recently completed a study of Illinois Gaming Board records to see what is happening.  As originally envisioned, five video terminals would be placed in bars,… Read more

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Illinois exploits citizens through expanded gambling

Illinois is the equal of any state in the fine art of stripping cash from its citizens. Illinois has a lottery, 10 casinos, advanced deposit wagering, horse racing, video lottery terminals, Keno bars and online off=shore sports betting. The state… Read more

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Keeneland Fall Breeding Stock sale favors biggest farms in first two days

The first two days of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale have been a little strange. On the first day seven fillies or mares sold for over a million dollars, but on day two eleven sold for more than a… Read more

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The Atlantic City Casino Problem is Spreading

The tendency has been to focus on the number four- the number of casinos that have closed. The number 8000, the number (nearly) of employees that are out of work, less so.  The tendency has also been to focus on… Read more

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Subtle attempt to expand gambling while pretending not to

New Jersey is not the only state that is suffering from casino competition from surrounding states. Indiana has suffered from new competition from four large casinos in Ohio plus slots at multiple horse tracks there.  They also are suffering the… Read more

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Gambling measures on Tuesday’s Ballots

There are nine major gambling ballot issues at stake in Tuesday’s elections. South Dakota will voter whether to add live craps, roulette and keno in Deadwood. Massachusetts will vote whether to repeal three casinos and a slot parlor. Colorado will… Read more

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