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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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Caesars stock will end up like Enron’s: virtually worthless

Caesars Casinos, the casino operator taken over by buyout firms TPG Capital and Apollo Global Management LLC in 2008, announced plans to sell shares in an initial public offering at $8 to $10 apiece. According to Bloomberg News: “Caesars, which… Read more

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Watch Florida casino promoters be afraid to use the word “casino” at their own press conference

Predatory gambling operators promote the “destination resort” message because it polls very well, much better than framing it as casinos or slot parlors. The public conjures nice restaurants, golf courses and high-end retail as opposed to the most predatory business… Read more

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Casinos are fighting against efforts to reduce gambling addiction in Pennsylvania

Casinos like to declare they are “just like any other business” but they continually to defy efforts that treat them like any other business. In Pennsylvania, a grassroots push is underway that would require casinos to mail monthly statements to… Read more

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Philadelphia leads way against “Quicksand credit” at casinos

Casino-Free Philadelphia, a vocal and effective citizens group against government’s policy of predatory gambling in that city, is hosting a meeting TOMORROW, Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at their Center City office, 714 Market Street, Suite 3…. Read more

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Lotteries are now running ads to teach citizens how to play lottery games

One publicly-stated reason why government got into the predatory gambling business in the first place was “citizens are doing it anyway so we may as well capture that money.” The evidence is indisputable, however, that government has turned a nation… Read more

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Another major U.S. media outlet exposes the failed government policy of predatory gambling

Following on the heels of the 60 Minutes investigation into slot machines that aired in January, The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Science Writer John Mangels publishes his investigative series into predatory gambling this week appropriately titled “Game of Trance.” The quality… Read more

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Prove that slot machines and casinos are safe to be promoted to the public

Below is testimony I submitted at yesterday’s casino hearing in Massachusetts: Good morning, my name is Les Bernal and I’m the Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling, a national organization based in Washington DC, and our mission is to end… Read more

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Is there a soup kitchen across the street from Pebble Beach Golf Course?

In states across America, predatory gambling operators and some political officials have deceptively framed their proposals as a push to legalize “destination resort casinos.” They use the frame to avoid arousing serious questioning by media, legislators and citizens about the… Read more

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“I have a feeling but I can’t quite pinpoint the research”

Previously we have highlighted the push in Pennsylvania to require casinos to send monthly statements to gamblers about how much money they lost. This week, in an effort led by activist Bill Kearney and Rep. Paul Clymer, the bill passed… Read more

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Promoting indebtedness, addiction and now cancer to pay for government

The Illinois House voted this week to lift a smoking ban in all of the state’s casinos during a debate that pitted the health of gamblers and casino workers against hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues. The proposal,… Read more

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The failed policy of exploiting human weakness for profit faces unrelenting fire in Australia

A MUST-READ piece by the editors of The Kings Tribune from Australia about why government’s partnership with predatory gambling interests is a failed public policy. They make a powerful, evidenced-based public argument.  Here it is: Don’t gamble with human weakness… Read more

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“Come Play” and then later we’ll sue to recoup the money we loaned you to gamble with

Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is suing a Florida man who gambled away $1.2 million in credit that the casino loaned him in May 2009. Court documents filed by the man say the casino solicited him to open a line of… Read more

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Must-watch video of a Merchant of Deceit

Roxbury News captures Sands Bethlehem (PA) president Robert DeSalvio testifying before the Pennsylvania Legislature that sending monthly statements to gamblers about their losses will violate privacy and may encourage citizens to gamble more because it will remind them about their… Read more

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Government’s biggest dirty secret

The Philadelphia City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson writes another excellent column this week about casinos, this time about the recent hearing on a bill that would allow the revoked Foxwoods Casino license to be re-bid statewide. Thompson writes: “Less cunning was… Read more

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State government and casinos aim to exploit Asian and Slavic communities

Kellie Patrick Gates of Plan Philly wrote a must-read news account about how casinos, in partnership with state government, aggressively target Asian and Slavic populations across the U.S.  Her account is below: Philadelphia’s large Asian and Slavic populations help make… Read more

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We already know you can’t stop yourself but we’ll keep the burden on you to stop because we’re making a lot of money at your expense

The concept of the “self-exclusion list” has always been a scheme for casinos and government to help deflect attention away from how they severely exploit addicted gamblers to reap their profits. Such lists allow them to say, like the Indiana… Read more

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A video every legislator in America needs to watch

Dr. Kevin Harrigan, a gambling researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada, has been an international leader in exposing the highly-deceptive and predatory nature of electronic gambling machines. He has produced several brief, must-watch videos to spotlight the issue,… Read more

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Make the casinos return the stolen money

The government program of predatory gambling can now add several more names to its continually expanding list of victims. A longtime bookkeeper for a small Chicago machinery company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the business… Read more

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How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere

Popular Mechanics examines how the predatory gambling trade employs the most effective and invasive surveillance technology in the world. How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere

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Leaked memo shows a glimpse of casino business practices

Tina Detelj of WTNH in Connecticut gets the exclusive on a leaked memo from Mohegan Sun that offers a glimpse into casino business practices. The memo included a reference to the casino’s push for its employees to “Sex It Up.” You can… Read more

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Profiting by pushing their fans into deeper debt

Officials from the four major professional sports franchises in the Boston area – the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics and the Bruins – gathered together yesterday to heap praise on their business partnership with the State Lottery to sell… Read more

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New York Times online op-ed and Stop Predatory Gambling

The New York Times is holding a discussion forum on internet gambling in their online opinion section. SPG contributed an op-ed which appears below: Internet gambling is one of the most predatory businesses in the world which is why public… Read more

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The Economist hosts a debate on gambling

Over the past week The Economist has been conducting a debate on whether government should have no restrictions on gambling. Stop Predatory Gambling was invited to make the case against the proposition. Here are the opening statements, the rebuttal statements… Read more

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Casinos put people on welfare and profit from welfare

California casinos continue to reel from news reports that the state’s casinos are profiting from the gambling losses of welfare recipients using taxpayer-funded debit cards. How did the casinos respond? They expressed surprise that the ATMs can be used by… Read more

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Racial profiling, casino-style

East Coast casinos are intensifying their targeting of Asian-Americans in an effort to get them to lose more money. They are hiring directors of Asian-American player development, expanding dining areas and menus, and spending money on foreign-language advertising in newspapers… Read more

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The next story that needs to be written

The Erie Times (PA) has a report about a local man who was denied a $2001 jackpot at Presque Isle Downs & Casino because he put himself on the state’s self-exclusion list. He now faces a summary criminal trespass charge…. Read more

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Staying on the predatory gambling story

Philadelphia Citypaper newsman Isaiah Thompson, the reporter behind what may be the best investigate news story into the business practices of the predatory gambling trade to date, predicts this week how Pennsylvania will attempt to fund its billion-dollar budget shortfall…. Read more

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Why does our government consider this man less equal?

A Massachusetts firefighter/­paramedic was arrested for embezzling $46,000 from his labor union’s bank account to feed a gambling addiction at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. As the 35-year old firefighter was arraigned in court, the defendant’s elderly father watched from the… Read more

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The most predatory business in America today

SPG executive director Les Bernal has a column about predatory gambling in today’s Boston Globe.  We urge you to check it out.

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There are no snow days in this government program

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Monica Yant Kinney writes a first-class story exposing the most predatory business in America. Here are a couple of the most remarkable excerpts in which she quotes the President of the former Philadelphia Park racetrack now known… Read more

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Florida reporter exposes the Lottery’s highly predatory practices

Reporter Lindsay Peterson of The Tampa Tribune wrote one of the best investigative stories on the lottery that has appeared anywhere in America in recent years. Read it here. Some of the story’s highlights include: “The state pays millions to… Read more

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Now the Symbol of Phony Prosperity

Over the weekend there was a news story about the Bethlehem (PA) casino, built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel- once a symbol of America’s industrial might. It was supposed to be a “destination resort casino” yet they… Read more

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Another victim of predatory gambling speaks out

Kent Glowinski, an attorney and former gambling addict, speaks out against the government program of predatory gambling. Glowinski rightly argues that government is unwilling to aggressively stop the predatory business practices used by casinos because it depends on the revenue…. Read more

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Casino lets man gamble and lose for 23 hours straight

Yesterday in Massachusetts a top executive of the Mohegan Sun Casino helped release recommendations for dealing with problem gamblers if casinos are legalized in the Bay State. For public relations purposes, casinos spend tens of millions of dollars trying to… Read more

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