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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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Searching for hope in the horse industry

The leaders of the horse enterprise are searching for reasons to hope things will get better. They found a couple of glimmers of hope in recent days.  The first was that the leading breeding state, Kentucky, had a rise in… Read more

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Update on Massachusets effort to rescind casinos

Eight days from the election in Massachusetts, and the winner in the repeal drive is still in doubt. The repeal effort is still a few percentage points behind, but seems to be within the margin of error with a larger… Read more

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Battle for control of thoroughbred racing in Virginia

The dispute between the owner of Colonial Downs in Virginia and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (VHBPA) has resulted in the closing of the turf track by November 1. This has been a protracted dispute with public claims… Read more

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Disarray in the Horse Capital (Kentucky)

BLOG NO 130 THUNDER RIDGE AND KEENELAND October 22, 2014   Kentucky is the self-proclaimed “horse capital of the world.” More horses are bred here than in the next several states combined.  There are five functioning thoroughbred tracks, three of… Read more

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Why do we think we are winning on a slot machine?

Why do so many gamblers think they are winning when they are losing? One traditional reason is that we remember a win so much better than a loss.  While there is for many people more stimulation in anticipating the risk… Read more

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Young Jockey Dies at Indiana Track

Each week in the US over 40 horses break down in horse races, over 2200 per year. Of these about 1200 die each year, many put to death because so badly injured.  While most states require tracks to report horse… Read more

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Kentucky Tracks Squabble over race Dates

Tracks in Kentucky have argued over racing dates for years, with Churchill Downs with the most dates and large purses usually getting its way. Two years ago the dispute was between Turfway Park (near Cincinnati) and Churchill.  Churchill wanted Turfway’s… Read more

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New Jersey is chasing losses

“Chasing losses” among gamblers means trying to recover money lost gambling by more gambling in the vain hope that the next round will be different. As states have become addicted to gambling revenue, they too can chase losses by expanding… Read more

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Massachusetts Recall Movement Growing

The repeal effort in Massachusetts has captured the attention of those opposed to casinos all across the country. The effort started out over twenty points behind those who thought they wanted casinos.  A recent poll showed the gap to be… Read more

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The Real Strategy of Racetracks Like Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is not popular with all Kentucky citizens. Arrogance has made enemies of many including some legislators.  Actions such as giving large donations at the beginning of a legislative session, being unable to understand “no” after 20 years’ of… Read more

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SPG Sends Pennies to State Opinion Leaders Calling on Them to Use Slots

Below is the press release and here is the link to the letter  SPG mailed on Thursday: (LAWRENCE, MA)- In sharp contrast to the  millions of dollars spent by casinos on TV ads and mailings that don’t mention the word… Read more

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Columbia School of Public Health publishes major story on impacts of casinos and lotteries

The Columbia School of Public Health published a major national story about the massive public health impacts of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries. Investigated by Elaine Meyer, it spotlights how predatory gambling is harming millions of Americans and the communities they… Read more

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The “losers” just shared the truth with Congress

This week retiring U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf presented a statement for the Congressional Record on behalf of SPG that directly confronted how the policy of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries is dishonest, harmful and creates unfairness and inequality of opportunity. We… Read more

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SPG Supports Operation Chokepoint, Urges Senators to Do the Same

Last week, Stop Predatory Gambling wrote to Senators in support of Operation Chokepoint – a Department of Justice program designed to uncover third party payment processors who facilitate fraud and related criminal activity associated with illegal commercial gambling. SPG has… Read more

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SPG’s National Victims Advocate powerfully speaks out in today’s Chicago Tribune

Melynda Litchfield, SPG’s National Victims Advocate, has a powerful op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune about the failure of state government to protect the safety of its own citizens from the exploitation of predatory gambling operators, operators who are sponsored by… Read more

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Invitation to National Conference on Govt-Sponsored Casinos and Lotteries

We encourage you to attend an important national conference on government-sponsored gambling being held this summer titled “Gambling Addiction and Society: Thinking Anew.” Several of the most prominent scholars in the nation will be presenting including: MIT’s Dr. Natasha Schull,… Read more

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Leading public health law organization spotlights casinos and how they compare to tobacco companies

Below is the must-read amicus brief filed with Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Spring 2014 by the prestigious Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern School of Law, substantiating the very serious public health aspects of state sponsorship of commercial gambling… Read more

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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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