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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opponents won by one vote last year in NH

For a couple of decades the New Hampshire legislature has been haggling over introducing casinos. Most of the usual reasons pro and con have been aired. The Senate has traditionally favored adding casinos and the House has rejected them. In… Read more

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Las Vegas is covering up its basic business

Las Vegas casinos are trying to prove they are good corporate citizens, while continuing to prey upon their customers. What is the point? I would believe in the sincerity of their efforts if they removed overspending gamblers from their floor;… Read more

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Gambling Employment Statistics

Someone may be fudging the figures. The American Gaming Association 2013 State of the States claims there are 332,000 gaming employees nationwide with over half of them in Nevada. The U.S. Government Occupational Employment Statistics says there are only 263,500… Read more

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Describes a new way the slot machines works behind the scenes to manipulate you

An interview with Natasha Schull recently appeared in the Christian Science Monitor. In the interview, she revealed the newest form of manipulation by the casinos to get you to gamble more, faster and longer. You would not know that anything… Read more

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California Revenues from Gambling

California is our third largest state geographically, and the largest in population at 38,332,521. If it were a separate nation it would be the 13th largest economy in the world. California has a lottery, card rooms, race tracks and 58… Read more

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Why do Business Leaders Support Casino Gambling? (Continued)

Business Losses   As indicated above in the discussion of jobs, surrounding businesses suffer loss of income when casinos absorb huge amounts of cash from the local economy. Gas stations in the immediate area of the casino enjoy a boost,… Read more

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Why do business leaders support casinos?

WHY DO BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT CASINOS?   Why have several Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky (e.g., Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky) issued statements of support for the introduction of casinos into the state? This is a mystery in the light… Read more

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Sale of Revel Casino

Want to lose a lot of money? Invest in a casino in the wrong place. The Revel cost $2.4 billion to build, and was the most lavish casino in Atlantic City for its brief two year existence. Several bids for… Read more

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Casinos keep you gambling

It has been reported a hundred times from coast to coast that there are no clocks in casinos. Any visitor to a casino knows that as well, so probably two-thirds of the population knows that. Most also know that the… 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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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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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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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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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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It’s time states stopped the use of “free play” to entice citizens to gamble and allowing casinos to escape paying taxes

State governments continue to allow casino operators to offer free play to lure citizens into gambling. Today’s casinos use mail, phone and email solicitations to offer free slot machine play to citizens who have rarely been to a casino before,… Read more

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Newspaper blisters the sham of casino “responsible gambling” programs

After many years of watching government’s failed predatory gambling policy unfold in their state, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial unloads on the recent efforts by casinos to eliminate the last of Missouri’s precautionary operating restrictions: offering loans to gamblers. Here… Read more

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“The Smartest Guys Not in the Room” makes its video debut featuring America’s favorite casino stars

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