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5/16/10 to 5/22/10

A first step toward thoroughbred racing in Ocala
FL - the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association's board of directors approved a measure to start the process of converting a recently issued quarter horse racing permit to a nonprofit thoroughbred permit. The conversion of a quarter horse permit to a thoroughbred permit was made possible by the Seminole Indian Gaming Compact, which was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. The conversion of a quarter horse permit to a thoroughbred permit was made possible by the Seminole Indian Gaming Compact, which was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. Any races under a converted permit would be open to pari-mutuel wagering, but the permit holder must run 40 days of racing, with at least eight races per day, / By Carlos E. Medina / May 20, 2010

Arkansas Lottery needs vending machines, Director says
AR - The machines are suitable for airports and other high-traffic areas, Passailaigue said. Busy convenience stores could shift to automated sales to save labor. Arkansas Family Council spokesman Jerry Cox, a lottery opponent, said he was puzzled by Passailaigue's claim about the machines' importance. "He's exaggerating," Cox has asked the legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee to study the machines' effect on underage and compulsive gambling. / May 20, 2010

Ark lottery chief: Games need automation to grow
AR - For the Arkansas lottery to increase revenue from year to year, the lottery's director told commissioners Wednesday that they will have to approve the use of ticket-vending machines. Many large stores won't sell lottery tickets themselves, but are amenable to have a machine do the work. Cox (Family Council) has asked the legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee to study the machines' effect on underage and compulsive gambling. / By CHUCK BARTELS / The Associated Press / May 19, 2010

Andy Rooney and the Gambling Business
good news revenue from casino gambling fell by almost two billion dollars last year. It's a law for people to protect themselves by wearing seat belts for their own safety. How come the government doesn't protect citizens from losing their money by making gambling in casinos illegal? There should be a sign in front of every casino that says "enter at your own risk...of losing your shirt." Gambling produces nothing. I mean who's best for this country - a machinist at an automobile plant in Detroit or a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas? / CBS / May 16, 2010

After 120 years, NC Lumbee Indian recognition bid may fall short over gambling dispute
CA - The Lumbee Indians of North Carolina, tired of being not quite a tribe in the eyes of the federal government, are watching their best-ever chance at recognition slip away because of a dispute over the role gambling should play in their future. it specifies that Lewin (lobbyist) will try to win passage of a bill "preferably without any language" blocking the Lumbee from getting into the gambling business. If Congress passes a bill that allows the Lumbees to open a casino, Lewin would have dibs on developing the property. In that scenario, if the Lumbees opted not to open a casino, Lewin would walk away with a $35 million payout. Leaders insist the dustup over gambling is overblown and say the contract offers a range of scenarios and compensation options for Lewin, a firm they argue has leverage in the Senate the tribe didn't get with Locklear. Lumbees founded a bank, utility cooperative and Southern Baptist association, all of which still flourish. And over the last decade, the tribe has thrown itself into new building projects and services, aided by federal Housing and Urban Development funding. Ten years ago, the tribe had $2 million in assets and fewer than 10 full-time employees. Today, it's worth more than $50 million and has 80 permanent workers, The current bill would send at least $108 million a year in federal dollars to the tribe, mostly in health care funding, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate. Leaders also say that if Lewin fails to win recognition by January 2011, the tribe owes nothing. / Associated Press / Tom Breen / May 18, 2010

A Rand Paul Win a Win for Online Gambling
KY - While it is not exactly known what if any stance Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul might have in regard to online gambling, one can only speculate he is not against such activity. Paul's views are believed to be in line with his dad, Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The elder Paul has been an ally for online gambling, even co-sponsoring a bill with Democrat Barney Frank to legalize Web betting. / / May 17, 2010

A Hotel Doesn't Make a Resort
MA - The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe yesterday proposed what the Globe calls a "massive gambling complex" for Fall River. Gov. Deval Patrick announced almost three years ago that he wouldn't back changing state law to allow casinos in Massachusetts - but he would support allowing "destination resort casinos". I have one more question about how the media has covered the House bill. The legislation would allow not just two casinos with hotels but slot machines at the state's four race tracks. Some in the media have coined the word "racino" for these race-track-slash-gambling facilities. / by Mark Leccese / May 18, 2010

Bingo backers want piece of gambling action
TX - charitable bingo groups would be devastated if the state expands gambling without giving them the electronic-game technology that would allow them to compete in a market that includes casinos or video lottery terminals at racetracks. State law prohibits using bingo proceeds on lobbying the Legislature and prevents bingo charities from working for or against a proposed constitutional amendment on the state ballot, which a gambling extension would require. Bingo interests want to establish a fund of at least $5 million "to mount a major media campaign that will allow bingo charities to defend their interests," / AUSTIN BUREAU / By PEGGY FIKAC / May 21, 2010

Bill would allow gambling expansion in Rhode Island
RI - Papanier, president and chief operating officer of UTGR, said the expansion of gambling could be achieved without amending the state constitution, Twin River, whose ownership, faced with insurmountable debt, filed for bankruptcy protection last June, / The Day / By Brian Hallenbeck / 05.21.2010

Bible prohibits gambling
AL - Gambling is desiring something that belongs to someone else and is a violation of the 10th commandment (Exodus 20:17 "You must not covet your neighbor's house. You must not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor."). Gambling undermines the work ethic by encouraging people to hope for wealth without working for it. Gambling is motivated by a greedy lust for riches. First, it is an activity that is in violation of principles set forth in God's Word. Second, it harms the lives of people who participate in it. Sooner or later, gambling has a detrimental effect on the lives of all who choose to participate in it. / Dr. R. Gary Ashley / / May 19, 2010

Perhaps the place where Sands has given the most is also where it has fallen short the most -- jobs. The 780 workers employed at the casino almost overnight it still is even after laying off 80 people last month. But that's still 545 short of the 1,825 Sands told the Gaming Control Board would be created, and that number doesn't figure to improve unless Sands completes the mall. Statistics from the state police at the casino show 472 crimes were committed there since it opened. Two-thirds of those were thefts, mostly by people picking up vouchers cards left in the slot machines or dropped on the floor. Chai, a law school graduate-turned gambling addict who tricked ATM users at the Sands into letting her into their bank accounts and stealing at least $10,000. / The Morning Call / By Matt Assad and Nicole Radzievich / May 22, 2010

Bachus: "Internet Poker Is The Crack Cocaine of Online Gambling"
DC - Rep. Bachus, R-Alabama, said he would do everything in his power to stop the legalization of Internet gambling, specifically singling out online poker. "Internet poker is the crack cocaine of gambling," "Young people are particularly vulnerable _ we don't want to put a casino in every dorm room in the country. Compulsive gambling, by many accounts, is a very serious, growing problem." / Alejandro Botticelli / / May 19, 2010

Board denies Foxwoods more time to defend license
PA - In yet another blow from state regulators, the Foxwoods Casino partners will not get a requested extra month to prepare an argument against losing their license, according to a ruling Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. the board took the first step toward stripping the project of its license to build a gaming parlor. Keystone Redevelopment Partners, which includes casino developer Donald Trump, is challenging an earlier decision by the gaming board to extend the deadline for opening the Foxwoods Casino until May 2011. The group is still reeling from the abrupt decision in April of Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn to abandon the project as developer and financial backer. / INQUIRER / Jennifer Lin / May. 17, 2010

County gives race track more time
FL - Commissioners approved Tuesday a one-month continuance on a zoning measure seeking to allow a quarter-horse race track in Southeast Marion County. "We don't want the race track. It's real simple," said Sheila Smith, who lives on several acres across from the proposed track site. "We are a farming community. There is rural land and farms for miles." "What they are counting on is The Villages to make it profitable. South Marion Real Estate Holdings also is tied to the current proposal, Gray said. The entity lists as its principals several family members who serve on the Isle of Capri Casinos board of directors. The group was awarded a quarter-horse racing permit in May 2009 / By Carlos E. Medina / May 19, 2010

Chatham Borough is sued by owner of proposed gambling rehab center
NJ - The owner of a proposed gambling addiction rehabilitation center in Chatham is suing the borough, accusing it of unfairly blocking him from opening the facility. Osborne appeared before the Planning Board to request a site plan waiver for the facility, which he said would treat wealthy individuals suffering from gambling addiction. / By Sarah Schillaci / the Star-Ledger / May 17, 2010

Cape officials plan June 3 public meeting with casino developers
MO - During the work session, Ward 3 council member Debra Tracy said she worried that a casino would drain money from the area, hurting existing businesses without bringing real growth. "The owners of the boat take the money, and that money is gone from the state." organizing a petition drive to force a new vote on gambling in the city / Southeast Missourian / By Rudi Keller / May 18, 2010

Charlie Dooley Opposes Casino Next to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
MO - Despite strong opposition from environmental organizations and neighborhood associations in nearby Spanish Lake, the plan to build casino slowly gathered steam. First the St. Louis County Planning Commission allowed the land in the floodplain to be re-zoned for commercial use, then the Missouri Gaming Commission torpedoed the Admiral Riverboat freeing up a gaming license. "Do we need another?" Dooley (County Executive) said. "No, we have enough." / By Keegan Hamilton / Daily RFT / May. 19 2010

Casino opponents says proposals to expand gambling are bad policy
MI - A diverse group of opponents are asking Michigan citizens not to sign petitions that would put casino expansion proposals on the November ballot. The two ballot proposals to change the Michigan constitution would be for corporate casinos like the three operating in Detroit. ballot proposal would put in the state constitution the ability of a company called My-Casino Inc. to establish casinos in each of seven cities - Muskegon, Lansing, Detroit, Benton Harbor, Flint, Port Huron and at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Both ballot proposals overturn the Michigan voters wishes in 2004 when the state constitution was amended to mandate a statewide and local community vote if new corporate casinos were to be established. Specifically, the ballot proposals do not require local voter approval for a new casino and do not specify how the tax revenues the casinos would generate would be spent. / By Dave Alexander / Muskegon Chronicle / May 18, 2010

Casino slots to pay out 85%
OH - Practically speaking, most slot machines return a higher percentage. On the Las Vegas strip, for example, quarter slot machines paid back 92 cents on the dollar, according to Nevada gambling regulators. Lawmakers have until June 3 to adopt rules on the casinos. The Republican-run Senate introduced its own version Monday after failing to come to terms with the Democrat-run House on a few items. The House released its version yesterday. The House version would earmark the $200 million in licensing fees the state is expecting from the four casinos: The largest shares would go toward an urban workforce initiative ($70 million), a workforce guarantee program ($60 million) and a co-op/internship program ($60 million). / THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH / By James Nash / May 19, 2010

Casino pitched for Fall River
MA - Reviving its quest to open a casino, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe unveiled plans yesterday to build a massive gambling complex in downtown Fall River, abandoning plans to open a destination resort in the fields of Middleborough. The Massachusetts House of Representatives earlier this year approved legislation that would grant licenses for two casinos in Massachusetts and allow slots at its four racetracks. Tribal representatives said yesterday they are confident the federal law will be updated to allow the Fall River site declared sovereign land. If that happens, the Wampanoag tribe could develop the Fall River site into a casino without the state's approval. The state would have no say over licensing, zoning, traffic, or environmental impact. One of the things that made the Fall River site a more attractive casino site is a new $70 million off-ramp from Route 24 being built with taxpayer funds awarded under the federal stimulus program. "The tribes are used as a front to get a foothold by wealthy billionaire foreign investors so they can extract monies out of local economies, at the sacrifice of families, and costly impacts to municipalities, "said Kathleen Conley Norbut, president of United to Stop Slots, / Globe / By Casey Ross / May 18, 2010

Congress may roll dice, legalize Net gambling
DC - In much the same way that some state officials have proposed taxing marijuana to raise money, advocates of legalizing online poker and slots are saying that billions of dollars in new tax revenue could be raised just by changing the law. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is the author of H.R. 2267 which would allow Internet casinos to obtain licenses from and be regulated by the federal government. Frank and some of his allies, mostly Democrats joined by a few libertarian-minded souls like Ron Paul (R-Texas), have been trying to reverse the online gambling ban ever since George W. Bush signed the measure. Opposing the plan are conservative groups including Focus on the Family Action "This is all about Big Government decriminalizing an addictive, predatory vice in order to exploit more citizens for more money...When federal government tries to cannibalize its own citizens for more revenues, something is wrong." / by Declan McCullag / May 18, 2010

Competition to provide train from LA to Las Vegas getting crowded, all 4 plans face hurdles
CA - Competition to provide passenger train service between Southern California and Las Vegas is heating up, even though the last such effort to carry fun-seekers across the Mojave Desert was derailed by a lack of customers. Even with a slump in Las Vegas tourism due to the recession, airline flights fill up on weekends and congestion on the main highway between the two regions is legendary. Last month, Las Vegas Railway Express announced plans to acquire double-decker passenger cars and convert them into casinos on steel wheels. The proposed "X Train" would feature a sports bar, sushi bar and entertainment to keep passengers amused during the roughly 5-hour ride. An executive said a round trip on the "X Train" would cost about $99, and floated the possibility of allowing riders to gamble as soon as the train crosses the state line into Nevada. The companies are locked in a legal battle while they face a bigger challenge in trying to convince Union Pacific Railroad, which owns a majority of the tracks between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, to let them use the right of way. Concerned about growing publicity about the party trains, Union Pacific issued letters last week denying it has had any serious negotiation to allow either company to operate on its tracks. Union Pacific also does not endorse and will not allow gambling on its tracks, / AP / DAISY NGUYEN / May 22, 2010

Charlie Crist backs destination casino resorts in Florida
FL - Las Vegas-style casinos near Florida's beaches sound pretty good to Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist won't be around the Capitol next year to decide the issue, but he urged his successors to go for more gambling. / Sun Sentinel / by Josh Hafenbrack / May 21, 2010

Casinos to Escape Reach of Consumer Watchdog
DC - Casinos and other businesses that extend customers interest-free credit would escape the reach of a proposed consumer financial-protection bureau under an amendment U.S. Senate lawmakers unanimously approved late Wednesday. / By VICTORIA MCGRANE / MAY 20, 2010

Dooley opposes Riverview Casino in Spanish Lake
MO - I oppose the development of a sixth St. Louis-area casino at this location," Dooley wrote in a letter "The environmental concerns relating to the wetlands and conservation area adjacent to this site, as well as the challenges posed by constructing such a project in the floodway and in proximity to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, have led me to this decision." / St. Louis Business Journal / by Kelsey Volkmann / May 18, 2010,

Full-Scale Casino Gambling On The Horizon In Rhode Island?
RI - The Rhode island House Finance Committee became the latest to discuss the casino expansion idea in a hearing The casinos in Rhode island are currently struggling financially. Twin River has owners who have filed for bankruptcy protection. Twin River's President Papanier stressed that the new gambling was needed to help the casino compete with casinos in neighboring states. / By Terry Goodwin / / May 21, 2010

Freed from binds of Republican Party, Crist flexes political freedom
FL - No longer shackled by Republican Party orthodoxy, Gov. Charlie Crist flexed his newfound political freedom Thursday. Crist, who pushed hard for the deal with the Seminoles to allow expanded gambling at Indian casinos, said he 'd have no problem with an expansion of gambling to beachside locations. / Sun Sentinel / by Anthony Man / May 20, 2010

Foxwood casino suffers another setback
PA - Another setback for the Foxwoods Casino partners as they battle to keep their gaming license. Foxwood lawyers are in Court where a suit brought by Keystone Development partners to stop the project is scheduled to be heard. / by Tom Byrne / May 18th, 2010

Florida State Lottery Being Sued for Refusing to Pay Prize
FL - A Florida woman is suing the State of Florida for $500,000 after she claims she won the lottery but the state refuses to pay her. Lottery officials claim there was a misprint / Christopher Costigan / / May 20, 2010

Editorial: Betting with your life
PA - When Pennsylvania lawmakers created so-called protections for nonsmoking patrons in the state's nine slots parlors, they didn't bother to require licensees to erect walls to separate the puffers from other gamblers. So the health of patrons and gaming workers clearly is secondary to Harrisburg's interest in milking revenue from the cash cow of legalized gambling. As in Atlantic City, gambling interests lobbied hard for an exemption from the 2008 law banning smoking in most indoor settings. The casinos hit the jackpot - even winning permission to end-run Philadelphia's more comprehensive smoke-free law so that city casinos, too, would be smoke dens. / May. 21, 2010

Dooley says no dice to $350 mill. North St. Louis County casino
MO - St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley changed his tune. In a letter, he told state gambling regulators that environmental concerns have led him to oppose the plan,

This stance doesn't automatically kill the North County proposal, perhaps the biggest of 11 would-be casinos vying for one license in the state. The Gaming Commission is unlikely to put a casino someplace where the local government doesn't want it, and the commission has plenty of alternatives. As recently as February, Dooley was still sidestepping, telling protesters only that he wanted a "win-win" outcome for all involved. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / by Tim Logan / 05/19/2010

Despite Dooley's opposition, North County casino developers to plow ahead
MO - Charlie Dooley may not like the idea of a casino in north St. Louis County, but that's not stopping the people who want to build one. Local environmentalists have argued that the project would harm fragile wetlands by the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi, and on Tuesday, Dooley said he agreed. Dooley presented his stance in a letter to the Missouri Gaming Commission, / St. Louis Post Dispatch / By Tim Logan / 05/20/2010

House Tax Panel Urged to Legalize Online Gambling
DC - The bills would legalize and regulate online poker, The banking and gaming industries support the legislation. Conservative groups, professional sports leagues and state attorneys general oppose it. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), testifying against the legislation before the House panel, charged the bills do not adequately protect minors and could lead to societal ills like addiction and divorce. / By MARTIN VAUGHAN / MAY 19, 2010

High Stakes Showdown: Internet Gambling Debate Rages on Capitol Hill
DC - With just two weeks to go before a federal law aimed at quashing Internet gambling takes effect, a handful of House Democrats, including Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, are going all in, pushing for the legalization of some of the most popular forms of online gambling. The lobbying is intense, and the stakes are high by some estimates the Internet gaming industry generates as much as $6 billion a year in profits and no one on either side of the debate appears ready to fold. "Internet gambling is the crack cocaine of gambling," Bachus (R-AL) told "Young people are particularly vulnerable we don't want to put a casino in every dorm room in the country. Compulsive gambling, by many accounts, is a very serious, growing problem." Several forms of online gambling are currently legal in the U.S., including state lotteries and Native American tribal activities, which are governed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Two dozen or so states allow for "advanced deposit wagering" for online betting on horse races as well as dog races and jai alai, according to Rose. Regardless of the potential windfall to federal coffers, "the American government does not need to become addicted to gambling revenue, because that will only lead to more gambling and hurt more people," Rep. Bachus said. Meanwhile, the Justice Department and other law enforcement officials have made their position known: online gambling in all of its many forms is illegal. In a Nov. 13, 2009 letter sent to Rep. Bachus by Shawn Henry, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cyber Division, on behalf of F.B.I. director Robert Mueller, Henry spelled out concerns over the use of online poker sites by parties engaged in money laundering activities, setting up what amount to private "shell games" with cohorts serving as "mules." / By RICH BLAKE / May 19, 2010

Gov. Patrick: State wouldn't charge casino for $47M Wonderland garage
MA - Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki said Tuesday that the state would consider charging the joint effort between Suffolk Downs and Wonderland to build a casino at Suffolk Downs, about two miles from the parking garage. The tracks have shown an interest in a casino, but are also authorized to install up to 750 slot machines under an expanded gambling bill sponsored by DeLeo that has cleared the House. Patrick has taken a harder line with the bid by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and the casino giant Arkana Ltd. to build a casino in Fall River, saying the state would require reimbursement of almost $35 million in public money for an off-ramp from Route 24 if the gambling facility supplants a bioprocessing facility originally slated to benefit from the ramp. / State House News Service / By Jim O'Sullivan / May 20, 2010

Gaming Act allows closed hearing in Arneault case
PA - Investigators with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which represents the public, don't want the board to renew the gambling license for Ted Arneault, who developed Presque Isle Downs & Casino. At the request of Arneault, a hearing officer with the Gaming Control Board closed Arneault's license-renewing hearing, Arneault and his lawyers will get a chance to present their case, but also confidentially. The investigators don't want the board to renew Arneault's license because of concerns about his "character, honesty and integrity," The confidentiality provisions of the Gaming Act give the Gaming Control Board "a very broad authority," said Adam Cutler, a Philadelphia lawyer who has unsuccessfully tried to get records from the board. "Gaming needs more daylight, not less," McCord (state Treasurer) said, The document said investigators were accusing Arneault of perjury, and alleging he "provided false or misleading information to the board regarding the nature of the services that Charles O. Sack provided" to MTR. When he started to develop the Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Arneault hired Sack, a former Las Vegas gambling executive with links to a convicted bookmaker who had worked with organized crime, / By ED PALATTELLA / May 20, 2010

Gambling Study Says NH Would Face Benefits, Costs
NH - Expanding gambling in New Hampshire to include slot machines and full-scale casinos would generate more revenue and jobs - and more problem gamblers, according to a commission created to study the issue. But expanded gambling in New Hampshire overall would add costs in the treatment of gambling addicts, and it likely would reduce funds to charities that depend on gambling revenue to cover program costs, the commission said. / Associated Press / KATHY McCORMACK / May 20, 2010

Gambling debate hampers NC tribe's recognition bid
NC - The Lumbee Indians tired of being not quite a tribe in the eyes of the federal government, are watching their best-ever chance at recognition slip away because of a dispute over the role gambling should play in their future. The dispute centers on a contract, The contract took many Lumbees by surprise, because their bill for recognition in Congress forbids the tribe from making money off gambling, and the contract makes gambling the most attractive option for Lewin (gambling industry consulting firm, the tribe's sole representative). Lewin will try to win passage of a bill "preferably without any language" blocking the Lumbee from getting into the gambling business. If Congress passes a bill that allows the Lumbees to open a casino, Lewin would have dibs on developing the property. In that scenario, if the Lumbees opted not to open a casino, Lewin would walk away with a $35 million payout. In 1956, Congress stranded the Lumbee in their current legal limbo by recognizing them as Indians but denying them the full tribal status needed to receive benefits. And over the last decade, the tribe has thrown itself into new building projects and services, aided by federal Housing and Urban Development funding. Ten years ago, the tribe had $2 million in assets and fewer than 10 full-time employees. Today, it's worth more than $50 million and has 80 permanent workers, / Associated Press / Tom Breen / May. 18, 2010

Gambling could be costly
TX - Legislature could try to expand gambling. Studies have shown that gambling can increase divorce, crime and bankruptcy, and change our community values. / Glenn Heights / May 16, 2010

Lowering Gambling Age Is Good For Casinos, Bad For The State
CT - Lowering the gambling age or extending drinking hours would put more lives at risk. / Maureen Larkin / May 18, 2010

Lobbyists swarm as casino bill debated
OH - The stakes are clearly high, as evidenced by the more than 40 Statehouse lobbyists wandering in and out of hearing rooms to protect the interests of a wide range of clients from casino developers, slot machine manufacturers and restaurants to churches against gambling but for charity games like bingo. On the opening day of hearings on Senate Bill 263 and House Bill 519, legislators expressed concerns about how much to pay commission members (one suggestion is $60,000-a-year for the "part-time'' job); whether to collect $50 million license fees up front or after casino developer/manager background checks; whether to renew casino licenses if $250 million in up-front investments aren't met; and whether new casinos can even be licensed in one to two years. Despite differences on key issues, both political parties have agreed on key details including: Charging a $2 million application fee for a casino license, to cover processing costs. Permitting alcohol consumption from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. - the same as other nightclubs and bars in Ohio. Barring anyone under 21 from entering the gambling facility, unless the person is 18 and employed in a non-gambling function. Barring convicted felons from most jobs at the casinos for at least a decade after conviction. / Enquirer / By Jon Craig and Alexander Coolidge / May 19, 2010

Lawmakers push long-shot legislation designed to regulate, tax online gambling
DC - Prohibition didn't work with alcohol and it's not working with Internet gambling now, say lawmakers pushing Congress to approve long-shot legislation that would legalize and tax online wagering. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told lawmakers that almost all the nation's attorneys general have opposed similar legislation in the past. He referred to a constituent whose son committed suicide. "Unfortunately, financial ruin and tragedy are not uncommon among online bettors," Goodlatte said. / Associated Press / Kevin Freking / May 19, 2010

Lawmakers Ignore Social Costs, Push for Legal Internet Gambling
DC - The lone opponent to testify was Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the author of UIGEA. People sometimes resort to drastic things when they're strapped for cash," Goodlatte said in his testimony before the committee, "although it's unfathomable for Congress to consider legalizing a currently illegal activity that poses harm to the most vulnerable members of our society just to raise money for more big federal government spending. The estimated costs of Internet problem and pathological gambling addictions among adults each year in the U.S. would be $18 billion. It would total $7 billion for those under age 18. "Gambling is not a victimless activity," Goodlatte said. "The anonymity of the Internet makes it much easier for minors to gamble online." / Kim Trobee / 5.20.2010

Las Vegas Casinos See A Decline In Revenue Continue, But Begin To Level Out
NV - With that in mind, the gaming industry has suffered just like and other industry. Tourists are choosing to keep their money away from tables and slot machines and exchange it for food and mortgages. / Bryan Cross / May 17th, 2010

Is Gambling Worth It?
CT - The Courant has always had reservations about gambling in Connecticut and, looking back, not without justification. Chief among them - at least in terms of personal loss - has been the heavy cost of gambling addiction and the subsequent wreckage of careers and breakup of families. This is not something that should be swept under the rug. Also, there are the heavy costs to towns surrounding casinos in police work, road repairs, the death of restaurants en route to the pleasure palaces (gamblers eat where they're gambling) and so on. Competition from neighboring states - New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and probably Massachusetts - suggest that neither Connecticut casino will ever again reach the heights they enjoyed in years past. / The Hartford Courant / May 17, 2010

Inside the Mind of a Problem Gambler & The Science of Addiction
Millions of African Americans find themselves financially ruined by the gambling that takes place on casino boats that are heavily marketed to inner city communities. The conclusion of the scientists is that near misses are tempting for the problem gambler, because it tricks the brain into thinking that it is actually learning something about the gambling environment. The gambler thinks, "I almost won, and now I've got it figured out." The reality is that the same probabilities always apply and you are no less or more lucky than you were before. A gambling addiction is one of the easiest ways to destroy your financial security, as well as your relationships and personal life. /By Black Voices On Money / Lawrence Watkins / 5.17.2010

Icahn reopens bankruptcy fight for 3 Trump casinos
NJ - Carl Icahn and Dallas-based Beal Bank appealed a bankruptcy court ruling they lost to Donald and Ivanka Trump over the three Trump Entertainment casinos / By WAYNE PARRY / 05.17.10

Nine mobile gambling games headed for Apple's iStore
Mobile gambling solutions provider and Microgaming associate Spin3, has announced that users can now access and play its play-for-fun 21 Blackjack Party native app on the Apple iPad. The games, which were developed to support the Apple iPhone and smartphones with advanced web browsers, are expected to launch on the iPad in the coming months. / / 5/17/10

Night of the living slots players
MA - When you strip the pleasure from the routines of gambling, as an all-slots casino does, you're left with little more than the deskilled, dehumanized extraction of money from individuals by corporations. An all-slots casino rejects all that, reducing gambling to little more than bad odds and time down the drain. "The Matrix" when we see all the humans in pods being milked of their life force by nefarious machines, only in casinos the people hooked up to the machines are allowed to drink and smoke to pass the time while being used up. / by Carlo Rotella / May 17, 2010

New York horse racing threatened by money woes
NY - The New York Racing Association is running out of money and may have to shut down in less than three weeks, Saratoga - the jewel of New York racing - could be threatened by the turmoil. NYRA had hoped video lottery terminals would be in place at Aqueduct to generate needed revenue, but the state's failure to name a gaming operator has been delayed several times NYRA also is owed $17 million by the bankrupt New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, If a resolution is not reached after two weeks, NYRA will close all three tracks, / Associated Press / By RICHARD ROSENBLATT / May. 17, 2010

New Lottery Game Brings Concerns About Gambling
CO - The Mega Millions lottery game is now under way in Colorado. but for others that hope can become an obsession, leaving someone with a gambling problem. "It prays on the weak and the poor and causes a lot of disruption in their lives, in their families." The odds of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot are nearly one in 176 million, "It's just total destruction because if you start going in to huge amounts of debt you can never come out of it." / CBS4 / Valerie Castro / May 17, 2010

New Casino Possible in North County
MO - The state gaming commission has pulled the license from the President Casino on the Admiral downtown this year. That has freed up a valuable license for another casino. Dooley's opposition probably dooms any casino in North County, / / Charles Jaco / May 18, 2010

Mohegan Officials: We Won't Push For Lower Gambling Age
CT - Slot revenues for Mohegan fell just under 1 percent compared with the same month last year, to $63.7 million, compared with a drop of 3 percent in March. By contrast, Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods reported April slot revenue of $52.3 million - down 9 percent from a year ago. / By ERIC GERSHON / May 18, 2010

Miss. casino revenues down
MS - The Mississippi River casinos - including Tunica, Vicksburg and Natchez down 6.5 percent / AP / May 19, 2010

Mashpee Wampanoag tribe eyes casino in Fall River
MA - The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said Monday it had struck a deal with Fall River to develop "an integrated resort-style casino" in the city. The tribe says it has the financial backing of Arkana Ltd., a Malaysian investment group that tribe officials said also helped bankroll the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut in 1992 and the Seneca Niagara Casino in New York in 2002. / By STEVE LeBLANC / 05.17.10

Mashantucket Tribe Wants Connecticut Gambling Age Limit Lowered
CT - New York also has an advantage with their gambling age limit, and that is something the Mashantucket Pequot tribe wants changed. The tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut, is lobbying legislators to consider changing the betting age limit from twenty-one to eighteen. the state does not appear willing to listen. In recent months, several expanded gambling proposals have come before the legislature, and each time the lawmakers have turned away the idea. / / By Terry Goodwin / May 17, 2010

Our view Extended alcohol sales at the casinos and a lower age for gambling are bad ideas.
CT - But we do find that objectionable. Forget for a moment how such a rule might be enforced, and instead focus on the question, are we so strapped for money these days that plying people with alcohol to entice them to gamble more is now acceptable? / Norwich Bulletin / By Anonymous / May 16, 2010

Online Gambling Tax May Be Jackpot for Congress, Lawmaker Says
DC - When U.S. Representative Jim McDermott went looking for revenue to improve foster care for kids, he said he stumbled on what may turn out to be a jackpot: a tax on Internet gambling. Opponents such as Chad Hills, an analyst for gambling research and policy at Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, say tax gains would be offset by social costs, such as gambling addiction. Online betting is "the most predatory, addictive and invasive form of gambling," Hills said. "If people are sitting around in their pajamas on their computer in their living room playing on multiple Internet sites, what is this going to do to the United States?" / Business Week / By Catherine Dodge / May 18, 2010

Online gambling on credit cards 'a pricey mistake'
Consumers are being warned by that using their credit cards for online gambling counts as a cash withdrawal for which higher interest is charged. "However, many people do not understand where else their provider will treat purchases as cash withdrawals and can be fooled into making a pricey mistake." / May 20, 2010

Online Casino Gambling Coming To Television With Google TV
In some countries, actual gambling can already take place on television. interactive gambling shows in the UK, and in some casinos, gamblers can play casino games on their hotel room television sets. While online gambling laws are the biggest obstacles for gamblers these days, with many jurisdictions still outlawing online gambling, it is clear that technology is preparing for the inevitable. / / By Larry Rutherford / May 21, 2010

Ohio casino bill: Gamblers must be 21, no alcohol after 2:30 a.m.
OH - Ohio's casinos will allow only gamblers over 21, will have to pay $25,000 for liquor licenses and only be able to serve alcohol as late at 2:30 a.m. The House has not introduced its bill for casinos. Legislation to govern the gambling industry - such as specific procedures to issue gambling licenses - is required in order for Ohio to begin collecting tax revenues, including the $50 million one-time license fees spelled out in the constitutional amendment approved by voters. A $2 million appreciation fee will be charged to anyone seeking a casino license. Casinos may serve alcohol with a liquor license that will cost $25,000. Alcohol consumption is permitted 5:30 a.m to 2:30 a.m. The bill does not provide casinos the ability to provide free drinks to valued customers. Barring anyone under 21 from entering the casino. Barring convicted felons from most jobs at the casino. / By Alexander Coolidge / May 17, 2010

Ohio House And Senate Debate Proposed Casino Regulations
OH - Lawmakers in the state of Ohio have proposed that the state's four casinos be a smoke-free environment, and in addition will cease the dispersion of alcohol after 2:30am. Both Senate and House agree on a $2 million casino application license / By Bryan Cross / May 19th, 2010

Scooter-Riding Senior Takes Freeway To Casino
NM - when Martin wanted to go to the casino, she said she hopped on her scooter and took off -- except it wasn't a short trip. police tracked her down after she had pulled over to the side of the road because her oxygen tank was low. / May 19, 2010

State Lotteries Eye Jackpot Through Internet Sales
While legal doubts have to date restricted U.S. lotteries' activities on the Internet, states led by Illinois and New York are now challenging prior assumptions regarding online lottery sales and intrastate Internet gaming in general, U.S. state lotteries are pushing forward with Internet sales initiatives, notwithstanding the long-held position of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on Internet gambling that would appear to preclude such activities. two lotteries - the Illinois Lottery and the New York Lottery - are in the vanguard of the push for clarity in the applicable federal law so that they can expand the types of lottery products they offer for purchase on the Internet. The Wire Act generally prohibits gambling businesses (including state lotteries) from knowingly using a wire communication facility - e.g., the Internet - for the transmission across U.S. state or national boundaries of (i) wagers or information assisting in wagering on any sporting event or contest, or (ii) communications entitling the recipient to money or credit as a result of wagers or information assisting in wagering. Thus, it seems clear that state lotteries will not violate the UIGEA if they accept payments or credit in connection with their sales of online lottery games, provided: (1) the players and lottery game servers are physically located within the state when the transactions are initiated and received, (2) the state's laws expressly authorize such Internet lottery transactions, and (3) the laws or regulations of the state require age and location controls and appropriate security standards. As mentioned, the Illinois Lottery and the New York Lottery are not waiting for federal legislation or additional judicial decisions to resolve the ambiguity surrounding intrastate Internet lottery sales. Instead, they are actively negotiating with the DOJ, explaining how conventional lotteries work today, where conventional lottery purchases at retailer locations may cross state boundaries (indeed they may leave the earth's atmosphere if satellites are involved in the communication) before returning to a point within the same state, and why these activities should not be considered violations of federal law. / Edwards Angell Palmer Dodge / 21 May, 2010

Springfield's lost boys
IL - As they try to cut this year's version of The Deal, flummoxed Democrats look inept and distracted, their attention flitting from gimmick to gimmick. Witness the loopy, lingering proposal to, in effect, turn six Illinois racetracks into land-based casinos by letting them install thousands of slot machines. That might have been an OK idea before these same lawmakers in 2009 authorized 45,000 video gambling machines statewide. Now it looks like what it is: a late-game gambit to scrounge a little revenue instead of reforming how Illinois spends. / Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2010

Ruben Rosario: For 100th grad, drug court saved his life
MN - she was already a mother of three and holding down a good-paying carpet-installation job when she was told meth would keep her awake and help her do her job better. Within a year, she was forging checks and had pretty much smoked away a good chunk of $100,000 she won in a lottery. Also afflicted with the gambling bug, she attempted suicide at least twice. / by Ruben Rosario / 05/19/2010

Senate Democrats plan to block legislation that would prevent officials from conducting some business in Atlantic City
NV - the casino industry is dealing with a Congress that seems adamant that it will not let federal funding support gaming-industry destinations. An amendment inserted by conservative Republicans bars any money in the so-called "Cash for Caulkers" program from being spent on travel to "gambling or gaming establishments." Federal sentiment against the casino industry intensified after questionable spending for a similar state energy program in California. Government workers who were organizing the California program racked up an $8,000 bill for hotel rooms and meals while holding a planning meeting at an Indian-owned casino, Last year's massive federal economic-stimulus bill explicitly excluded the casinos from receiving any money in the $819 billion program. / By DONALD WITTKOWSKI / May 21, 2010

Roy Moore: Government is not God
AL - Money controls government, Moore said alluding to special interests in Montgomery. Moore said lobbyist outnumber legislators in the capital. And, as he sees it, that is one of the dangers of gambling. "Gambling brings corruption," he said. "It will eventually devastate jobs, though it has jobs tied to it in restaurants and hotels." Gambling will weaken local economies, but it will do the most damage at the capitol, he said. "We have always prohibited gambling in this state," he said. / Ed Enoch / May 17, 2010

Rep. Brown-Waite Oblivious To WTO Violations Regarding UIGEA
DC - In fact, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was created in 2006, places the US in direct violation of World Trade Organization's General Agreement of Trade and Services. the European Commission released a report, alerting the US and the rest of the world that the country was in violation. Representative Barney Frank understood the violations and the need for Internet freedom last year when he offered legislation to overturn the UIGEA and set up the groundwork for a regulated online gambling industry in the US. / / By Tom Jones / May 20, 2010

Race track casinos gain in popularity nationwide
A portion of the revenues generated by the casino gambling component of racino operations go toward supporting horse racing programs. Computer programs and the availability of advanced statistical information makes pari-mutuel wagering a studious pursuit in contrast to the 100 percent luck factor associated with all casino games with the exception of blackjack and poker. Betting on horse races on-site was legal in all states with pari-mutuel wagering legislation, but even kids back in horse racing's hey-day knew all book makers didn't work in binderies. Friendly neighborhood bookies could be easily accessed at corner newsstands, tobacco shops, bars, restaurants and even the work place. / By John G. Brokopp / May 21, 2010

Some betting on New Jersey to be first to regulate I-gaming
NJ - "Based on its status as a leading regulator of the land-based industry, New Jersey is in a position to lead and be a worldwide launching pad for the online industry." Identical bills are currently awaiting committee hearings in both the state Senate (S490, sponsored by Raymond Lesniak) and Assembly (A2570, sponsored by John Burzichelli). The New Jersey bills would give gaming companies currently operating brick and mortar casinos in Atlantic City the opportunity to apply for licenses to offer online gambling services (Internet poker, slots and table games) to state residents. / / By Aaron Todd / 17 May 2010

Without Lottery Terminals, Scioto Downs Says It May Have To Close
OH - Scioto Downs horse racing track is looking for answers to stay in business, and track management believes video lottery terminals could be the only hope. / May 20, 2010

West Alton mayor endorses revival of casino plan
IL - Niemeyer (mayor) says the casino - which would be along the Missouri River east of Highway 67 in St. Charles County's extreme northeast corner - would be good for his area and he recently sent a letter of support to the Missouri Gaming Commission. Casserly said a key will be lining up a casino company. He said he's talked with two such operators who have asked to remain anonymous for now. / By Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / 05.19.2010

Trading firms put their money on poker experts
NY - Susquehanna International Group, a 1,500-employee trading firm based in a Philadelphia suburb, has made the card game a central part of its training program. New hires are given copies of "The Theory of Poker" and "Hold 'Em Poker" and spend one full day a week studying the game by playing it. / Los Angeles Times / By Nathaniel Popper / May 16, 2010

Weitzner Owed Large Sums of Money Before Suicide Pact
VA - Officials at the website have finally come forward to confirm that the website's late founder did owe significant gambling debts prior to taking his own life last month. Weitzner and his wife both inhaled lethal amounts of poisonous carbon dioxide and pills in their Virginia home. A source claims Weitzner bet and lost $100,000 on an NCAA basketball game prior to his death. Others have speculated the amount owed is significantly higher. / / Christopher Costigan / May 20, 2010

The art of tease: Burlesque and cabaret making comeback in S. Fla.
FL - "People are kind of tired of instant gratification," says Rico James, co-producer of Temptation, the uber-sexy cabaret show at Passion Nightclub in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. / South Florida Sun Sentinel / By Rod Hagwood / May 18, 2010