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8/09/09 to 8/15/09

$500K prize divides 2 elderly sisters in Conn.

CT - The court said 83-year-old Theresa Sokaitis, of Middletown, can try to enforce a written contract she signed with her 87-year-old sister, Rose Bakaysa, of Plainville, agreeing to split any gambling winnings. Sokaitis said they decided to put the agreement in writing in 1995 after she won more than $160,000 playing poker at Foxwoods and split it with Bakaysa. "They actually sat down with typewriter and typed up this four-line agreement which says that 'we will share in any future winnings from lottery, cards, bingo' and actually had this agreement notarized," said Sokaitis' attorney, / Associated Press / By PAT EATON-ROBB / Aug. 11, 2009

APNewsBreak: Resorts AC wants lenders to be owners

NJ - Strapped for cash and unable to make loan payments since October, America's first casino to open outside Las Vegas wants to hand itself over to its lenders. Resorts Atlantic City had faced a foreclosure threat from lenders since January because the casino had not made monthly payments on a $10 million loan backed by a $360 million mortgage... If approved by the state Casino Control Commission, it would be the first arrangement of its kind in New Jersey's 31-year history of casino gambling, / Associated Press / By WAYNE PARRY / Aug. 14, 2009

Are lottery machines too tempting?

FL - Coming soon to a Lottery vendor near you - a faster way to buy more scratch-off tickets. Not a problem for most people but potentially a big issue for those with a gambling problem, advocates say. The Legislature granted approval for the placement of 1,000 machines... The potential for underage users is one of several concerns about the machines raised by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. "Certainly our greatest concern is underage gambling," longtime council executive director Pat Fowler said. "These machines will allow underage gamblers to have access to them without having to present themselves to an individual. But there are two other groups of gamblers who can't see any way out during bad economic times, and these include people with gambling problems - who need to gamble no matter what the situation is - as well as those who are gambling in desperation to try to get more money." / By Karen Voyles / August 13, 2009

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Down 12.7% In July

NJ - Atlantic City's painful losing streak continues, as its casinos reported revenue of $383 million in July, a 12.7% decrease over the same month a year ago, said the New Jersey Casino Control Commission Monday. / Of Dow Jones Newswires / By A.D. Pruitt / AUGUST 10, 2009

Atlantic City Customers Headed to Online Casinos?

NJ - July reports show Atlantic City casinos continuing the long slide of earnings, as the gambling city dropped 13 percent over the same month the previous year. As patrons continue to desert the New Jersey resorts, observers are wondering whether online casinos are becoming the new destination for Jersey players. "We know online gambling pays at a better rate, / by A.J.Maldonado / August 10, 2009

Atlantic City wants $20M a year to promote itself

NJ - But Atlantic City, the nation's second-largest gambling market, has no such luck. It has a racy slogan - "Always Turned On" - but not the money to spread it far and wide. Atlantic City's 11 casinos want to spend $20 million a year to promote the oceanfront resort. They would like New Jersey's cash-strapped state government to help, saying it would be an investment that would repay itself through increased tax revenues and contributions to statewide projects. / Associated Press / By WAYNE PARRY / Aug. 12, 2009

Bondholders oppose Trump plan to retake casinos

NJ - Bondholders who stand to lose their $1.25 billion investment are standing up to Donald Trump, asking a bankruptcy court judge to block the planned sale of three Atlantic City casinos to the man who once controlled them. Donald Trump currently has no role in running the casinos or in the company that owns them, Trump Entertainment Resorts. He resigned as chairman of the board just before the company filed for bankruptcy in February. In court documents, the bondholders refer to the proposed sale as "a brazen insider deal." "The debtors' plan benefits two people - Andy Beal and Donald Trump - and ignores the legal rights of $1.25 billion of notes and all unsecured creditors... Fields and his company, Initially offered $270 million in May 2008 and sued Trump Entertainment last month over the failed sale. / Associated Press / By WAYNE PARRY / Aug. 12, 2009

Bullitt County police bust elaborate gambling ring

KY - Police in Bullitt County say they have busted an elaborate gambling ring. 13 people were cited, including a Shepherdsville police officer, an attorney and a Mount Washington city employee. / August 12, 2009

California Casino Competitors Unite for Intrastate Online Poker

CA - California poker rooms are teaming up with tribal casino operators to lobby for the bill proposing the licensing and regulation of interstate online poker. Some tribes are dissenting, saying online casino poker may violate fedral restrictions regarding gambling off reservation land, / by Preston Lewis / August 12, 2009

Casinos in crisis Part 2: Back to Basics

- According to research polls, about 20 percent of casino customers provide about 80 percent of the gaming business, which can probably be said of many businesses. And the demographic of those core casino customers hasn't fluctuated much over the past few years. The majority, about 54 percent, are over 55 years of age. Only 11 percent are under 35. Meczka [member American Marketing Association] believes customers will "give you all my money, if you give me machines that will tease me during my stay ? It's no fun to be at the casino for three days and lose my bankroll in the first few hours." Another tactic would be to reduce the number of coins or credits needed to play a slot machine, which would slow down the rate at which players are losing. "Do what you do best in an industry that affords operators the highest known (legal) return on investment - run a casino, nothing more, nothing less." / by David Stratton / August 11, 2009

Casinos still raking in profits

MO - The lagging economy isn't keeping people away from Missouri casinos. The Missouri Gaming Commission reported yesterday that revenue rose 4 percent at the state's casinos in July, "I [Gaming Commission Director] think a large percentage of gamblers are senior citizens, He also cited benefits from the repeal of the state's $500 loss limit... / The Associated Press / August 13, 2009

Church group will fight 24-hour Ohio slots

OH - The Ohio Council of Churches promised Thursday to fight proposed rules allowing Ohio horse racetracks to operate video slot machines around the clock, with 18-year-olds welcome to play. He said the rules would make slots enticing to poor urban residents and teens least able to handle gambling debts. Gambling opponent David Zanotti of the Ohio Roundtable said the business group was reviewing the proposal and plans to file a lawsuit. "High school kids who are supposed be helped by lottery, they'll be dumping their dollars in there too," he said. / The Associated Press / THOMAS J. SHEERAN / August 13, 2009

Compromise could make gambling compact a reality

FL - But the two sides are still far apart on a gaming compact, an agreement many believe is needed to clear any lingering controversy over the Seminoles' lucrative blackjack and card games. The tribe wants to stick to an arrangement already made with Gov. Charlie Crist... State lawmakers successfully sued to have their say, and came up with a proposal for more money and limits on exclusivity. / Sun Sentinel Editorial Board / August 15, 2009

County smoking ban bill gets airport exemption

MO - The St. Louis County Council is considering a new version of a bill that would send a smoking ban for indoor public places to voters on Nov. 3. Councilwoman... Fraser... Introduced a version Tuesday night that includes an exemption for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, The bill retains exemptions for casino floors and bars, but no longer says the council would rescind the exemption for casinos if St. Louis, St. Charles County, the city of St. Charles or the state of Missouri passed a smoking ban that prohibited smoking in these areas. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Phil Sutin / 08/12/2009

Crucial Week For Florida Seminole Gambling Compact

FL - The House has been firm in their ideas that the expansion should not include exclusivity for the Seminole Indians. The House also does not want full fledged casino gambling. But there is still a chance that the Seminoles would agree to a deal without those games. In order for that to happen, the Seminoles want to pay the state less money from the revenue generated. / / By Tom Jones / August 10, 2009

Danny Glover Brings Lethal Weapon -- His Mouth -- to Aid of Casino Workers

MO - Actor Danny Glover was in town yesterday in a show of support for union employees of the Lumiere Place and President casinos. / Community, Follow That Story / By Chad Garrison / Aug. 10 2009

Distressed NJ casinos selling at bargain-bin rates

NJ - The recession and the mountains of debt that casinos in the nation's second-largest gambling market have amassed has driven the value of some gambling halls to bargain-basement prices. "The gaming industry is in serious trouble," Donald Trump told The Associated Press. There are other ways to cut debt without going through bankruptcy. Casino companies including Harrah's Entertainment ( HET - news - people ), MGM Mirage ( MGM - news - people ) and Pinnacle Entertainment ( PNK - news - people ) have refinanced debt, but bankruptcy was the most effective way for Trump Entertainment Resorts to shed more than two-thirds of its debt. The newly private company would carry a debt load of about $486 million, down from as much as $1.7 billion before the bankruptcy filing. Atlantic City's casinos make most of their money from slots. / Associated Press / By WAYNE PARRY / 08.10.09

Elderly sisters fight over Powerball winnings

CT - A passion for gambling shared by two once-inseparable octogenarian sisters has ended up dividing them, with the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that one can sue the other for a share of a winning lottery ticket. The court said 83-year-old Theresa Sokaitis can try to enforce a written contract she signed with her 87-year-old sister, Rose Bakaysa agreeing to split any gambling winnings. / The Associated Press / Aug. 11, 2009

Experts say senior citizens at high risk for problem gambling

WI - Gruber... Council on Problem Gambling, says... Use gambling as a distraction from emotional pain, Chronic pain or even the fear of death. / Wisconsin News / August 12 2009

Flagler Dog Track, Calder Race Course almost ready for slots

FL - Miami-Dade parimutuels continue to move closer to opening their slot machine casinos, with Flagler Dog Track today set to receive its slots license from the state... / Miami Herald / Michael Vasquez / August 11, 2009

Florida's July gaming revenue down 9.1%

FL - July net gaming revenue fell 9.1%, to $15.5 million among the state's three racinos. / Staff & Wire Reports / August 11, 2009

Former health care worker pleads guilty of exploiting elderly St. Charles woman

MO - A former health care worker was placed on probation today after admitting that she took $100,000 from an elderly St. Charles woman because of a gambling problem. McClinton worked for a health care company an 85-year-old woman used in 2005 to help care for her 103-year-old mother. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / By Shane Anthony / 08.12.2009

Fraser prepares third version of St. Louis County smoking ban bill

MO - The version retains exemptions for casino floors and bars, but removes triggers that could lead to revoking them. Only bars which whose income from food is 25 percent or less of gross income and are operating when the ban takes effect on Jan. 2, 2011 could get an exemption. Other changes would: > Add smoking areas at Lambert Field as an exemption. Using some unusual procedures, the council last Tuesday tentatively approved a smoking ban bill with the casino floor and bar exemptions. Fraser decided to reintroduce the measure to avoid legal challenges. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / By Phil Sutin / 08.10.2009

Harrah's considers race track for casino

OH - Now that Ohio has decided to allow expanded gambling at seven horse racing tracks, a major casino operator has expressed interest in operations in Ohio... Las Vegas-based Harrah's... The plan to install up to 17,500 slot machines at Ohio's seven race tracks was included in the state's $50.5-billion, two-year spending plan. / by Jeff Saunders / August 12, 2009

Hialeah racetrack owner wins round

FL - A judge has dismissed Internet mega-millionaire Halsey Minor's lawsuit over ownership of historic Hialeah Park -- Wilson based his Aug. 8 ruling on a decades-old court case between Brunetti and the county tax assessor. Back then, Brunetti was trying to duck paying property taxes by saying the city owned the land -- Brunetti and Hialeah City Hall partnered in purchasing the track in 1978 -- but the courts found Brunetti was the primary owner and therefore had to pay taxes. Minor -- a race-horse owner who boasts a reported net worth of more than $200 million -- last year attempted to buy Hialeah Park from Brunetti for an undisclosed price. / Miami Herald / BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ / 08.13.09

If Seminole gambling pact is rejected, what happens?

FL - But what happens if the Seminoles, the governor and the Legislature can't agree to a gambling deal by the Aug. 31 deadline? In one scenario, federal regulators would order blackjack tables at Hard Rock and other tribal casinos shut down, perhaps triggering years of costly litigation. Federal marshals could be called in to enforce the order, if necessary. In another, the tribe petitions the federal government to keep its blackjack tables. The government agrees and the state gets no money for education. There is precedent for federal regulators getting tough on tribal gambling. / Tallahassee Bureau / By Josh Hafenbrack / August 10, 2009

Ill. county votes to restrict video gambling

IL - WHEATON, Ill. -- Video gambling is being banned from unincorporated parts of DuPage County in Illinois. Critics say it's a mistake to bring legalized gambling to every corner tavern. / Associated Press / 08.11.09

Is poker gambling? Colorado Supreme Court may decide

CO - The case stems from an undercover probe by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation last year into a $20 buy-in Texas... Hold'em tournament at a Greeley watering hole. Five people were arrested and charged with illegal gambling. During trial, Raley argued, among other things, that poker is a game of skill and not a game of chance. The jury didn't state a reason for the not-guilty verdict, If Hartmann's ruling is upheld, cash poker games and Hold'em tournaments that charge a buy-in would be legal only at casinos... / The Denver Post / By Andy Vuong / 08/12/2009

Just what Missouri doesn't need: another casino

MO - If Pinnacle moves its casino, it forfeits its casino license. So when the Admiral closes, its license could: * (a) Go to Pinnacle's replacement boat, * (b) Go to North County under Pinnacle - * (c) Go up for grabs. * (d) Go into a deep freeze. Option (d) is by far the best choice. State-sanctioned gambling preys on human weakness and creates social problems (among them bankruptcy, broken families and addiction) that aren't properly addressed. / By Editorial Board / 08.11.2009

Kansas City-area riverboat casinos' July revenue falls

MO - The Kansas City market as a whole had revenue of $61.5 million in July, down 1.1 percent from $62.2 million last year. The four casinos had a combined customer count of 928,514 in July, up less than 1 percent from 926,870 last year. / Kansas City Business Journal / August 10, 2009

Leagues get last-minute chance to stop Delaware betting

DE - A federal appeals court judge granted an expedited appeal Friday sought by the four major sports leagues and the NCAA, Lawyers representing the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA and Major League Baseball sued Delaware in July, arguing that its venture into single-game and parlay sports betting violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). / USA TODAY / By A.J. Perez / Aug 14, 2009

Legalized video poker may be a bad bet for Illinois budget

IL - Gov. Pat Quinn's hopes of funding new Illinois building projects by legalizing and taxing video poker across the state is already in jeopardy, with one major upstate county voting to keep the games illegal within its jurisdiction and others considering such a ban. "I think most people would say we have no problem with taverns and clubs having video poker. ... If there's proper oversight, there should be no issue whatsoever," East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. That laissez faire attitude toward the issue isn't shared by Meyer's counterparts on the DuPage County Board, The board voted unanimously last week to reject the state's legalization of video poker in areas under the county's jurisdiction. "It brings gambling into our neighborhoods.... / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / BY KEVIN McDERMOTT / 08/15/2009

Limited Smoking Ban Gets Early Nod From St. Louis County Council

MO - Two bills were before the council. One banned smoking in all indoor public places in St. Louis County, while the other exempted casinos and drinking establishments where alcohol sales accounted for 75 percent or more of business. After much debate among council members, the council moved forward with the bill that included exemptions. / by Linda Jarrett / August 07, 2009

Lottery vending machines coming to store near you

FL - The Legislature granted approval for the placement of 1,000 machines in top-selling retail stores, Wright said. The potential for underage users is one of several concerns about the machines raised by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. These machines will allow underage gamblers to have access to them without having to present themselves to an individual.The security of the machine where underage gambling is concerned is directly related to the monitoring which will likely vary from location to location." In a recently released annual report, the council noted that about 60 percent of its callers have indicated that the lottery is their secondary gambling problem. / By Karen Voyles / August 12, 2009

Midwest Pools Resources At Problem Gambling Conference This Week

- Problem gambling is on the rise. It is just that there are more gambling options presented in states all across the US. While expanding their gambling options, some states have not put in place the proper treatment programs, and it is a cause for concern for many counsellors. / / By April Gardner / August 11, 2009

Money Troubles Force Fairmount Park To Close One Month Early

IL - Money troubles are forcing the shutdown of Fairmount Park one month early. Largely because it can't compete with the casinos that have fought putting slot machines at the horse track. / By John Auble / August 11, 2009

More old folks are gambling

WI - Rose Gruber, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, says many seniors use gambling as a distraction from emotional pain, Signs a senior is developing a gambling problem: Frequency in playing, lengthy absences from home, increased health issues because their medication and food money is spent on gambling, cashing-in life insurance policies, depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, missing household items to get extra cash. / By Jackie Johnson / August 11, 2009

NCAA takes stand against sports betting

- The NCAA will no longer hold championship tournaments in states that permit betting on single games. Chancellors and presidents from all three NCAA divisions approved the measure Thursday, saying it applies to "any session of an NCAA championship." It does not apply to states that allow parlay betting, lottery tickets, pull tabs and sports pools. / The Associated Press / Michael Marot / August 7, 2009

NFL Worried Delaware Sports Gambling Could Spread Throughout US

DE - The NFL knows that, and that is why they are panicking and showing an aggressive nature in trying to stop the betting from starting. The NFL season is less than a month away, and Delaware has every intention of having their new sports betting options in place by that time. The NFL and other major sports leagues have tried feverishly to stall this gambling from taking place. / / By Vincent Tapoglia III / August 13, 2009

Nevada casino winnings down 14 percent in June

NV - For the fiscal year ended June 30, the state Gaming Control Board report said the total gambling win was $10.8 billion, down almost 14 percent from the previous 12-month period. June was the 18th straight month of decline. / Associated Press / By SANDRA CHEREB / 08.11.09

New north St. Louis County casino debated

MO - Spanish Lake residents who want to keep their portion of Mississippi riverfront quiet and pristine flocked to a hearing of the St. Louis County Planning Commission to oppose plans for a casino and entertainment complex there. "The community does not want the complex," said Dora Gianoulakis, president of the Spanish Lake Community Association. The development is too intense and inconsistent with the Spanish Lake Area Study, a 10-year guideline for development in the area, she said. Representatives of four churches in the area opposed the project, saying it would disrupt the community. The Rev. Harold Hendrick, said the county should "stop predatory casinos. The people close to it are vulnerable." Hendrick said the area is already saturated with casinos and providing another place to gamble would increase the number of people with gambling problems. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / Phil Sutin / 08/11/2009

Newspaper Industry Could be Saved by Online Gambling

- New York Daily News Publisher Mortimer Zuckerman... "(The) federal government ought to ... allow sports betting on newspaper Web sites. That would save every newspaper in America." / Aug 7, 2009

Online Poker Sites Allowing US Players Exploding

- Ease of depositing is one of the main reasons poker sites that allow US players are maintaining such a large player database. At places... Someone can download the software, make an account, and deposit using their checking account from the US and within 5 minutes they are playing poker. / 24-7PressRelease / August 13, 2009

People should say no to more casinos

MO - Lifting the gambling loss limit last year has done a lot of damage to the community. Who is so crazy as to want to set up another casino in north St. Louis County: It must be the interested parties that want to squeeze people dry by luring them to gamble. / David Cheung / 08/12/2009

Plan to raise state fees on charity gambling has nonprofits worried

MI - But the Kiwanis and other charity organizations are concerned their works could be in jeopardy if legislation to increase fees five-fold for some charitable casino-style gambling events is passed. Bills introduced to the state House and Senate in June would up licensing fees from $50 to $250 a day when a charity rents a facility or hires people or a business, which can get up to half of the profit, to run the gaming. Large parties -- for example, those facilitated for charities by businesses in gaming rooms at bars, bowling alleys or racetracks that can take up to 50% of the profits -- would see fee increases from $50 a day to $250 a day. "I call them legalized casinos that aren't casinos," Haugh [State Rep.] said of the events, which raked in more than $10.4 million for charities in the 2008 fiscal year. / The Detroit Free Press / BY GINA DAMRON / August 9, 2009

Plan would allow 18-year-olds to play slots at Ohio casinos

OH - Ohioans can vote at 18. They can buy cigarettes at that age. Soon they might be able to play video slot machines. Gov. Ted Strickland and the state legislature last month approved a plan to install up to 2,500 video slots at each of Ohio's seven horse tracks... If approved, Ohio would join four other states with the lowest minimum age permitted to gamble. New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Dakota also allow gambling at 18, according to the American Gaming Association, a trade group in Washington, D.C. / Beacon Journal / By Rick Armon / Aug 13, 2009

Pro Leagues Want Quick Ruling on Delaware Betting

DE - Attorneys for professional sports leagues and the NCAA asked a federal appeals court Monday to decide quickly whether Delaware's plan to allow betting on games should be halted before a trial can be held. The leagues and the NCAA are appealing a decision by a federal judge to refuse their request for a preliminary injunction, which would have prevented the betting from beginning early next month. / The Associated Press / By RANDALL CHASE / August 10, 2009

Residents Oppose Potential New Casino In Spanish Lake

MO - When voters passed Prop A last November not only did they eliminate loss limits they also capped the number of Missouri casino licenses at 13. The new Lemay casino takes the thirteenth license. So on the exterior this would look like a deal that couldn't even get done. / By Sean Conroy / August 10, 2009

Revenue at Missouri casinos increases 4 percent in July

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission reported Wednesday that revenue rose 4 percent at the state's casinos in July, compared to a year ago. Admissions also were up at seven of the 12 casinos. Lumiere Place saw a 37 percent revenue increase in July compared to a year earlier. Pinnacle's other St. Louis property, the much smaller President Casino, saw revenue rise 44 percent. / The Associated Press / By SHEILA ELLIS / Aug. 12, 2009

SD smoking ban legal fight focuses technicality

SD - Bars and gambling businesses that oppose the ban collected signatures to force a public vote in the November 2010 election, but Secretary of State Chris Nelson eventually rejected the petitions, ruling that too few valid signatures were submitted. The petitions fell 221 signatures short of qualifying for the ballot, he said. But the coalition representing bars and casinos submitted 25,400 petition signatures on June 22 calling for a public vote, which would delay the ban from taking effect pending the outcome of the 2010 general election vote. / Associated Press / By CHET BROKAW / 08.10.09

Seminoles Take a Gamble, Table Games are the Stakes

FL - The Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act of 1988 allowed Native Americans to create gambling dens on their land, provided the State itself comes to an agreement, commonly referred to as compact, with the Tribe. The Tribe wants exclusivity and full blown casino gaming. State legislators want to remove the exclusivity and limit the types of games available at the casinos. / Gambling News / by Glen / August 10th, 2009

Senator Menendez Teams With Frank To Change Online Gambling Laws

- It is becoming clear that leaders in both the Senate and the House want change to online gambling laws... Senator Robert Menendez, who has proposed legislation that would legalize online poker in the country. The two lawmakers are both actively pursuing the reversal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. / / By Larry Rutherford / August 7, 2009

Speaker Cretul on gambling, high altitudes and real estate misery

FL - House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, today left open the possibility that legislators could meet in a special session not to rubber-stamp a Seminole gambling deal -- but to reject it. Cretul told reporters that if the governor and the tribe meet the Aug. 31 deadline for signing a deal, the Legislature might call a special session for early October when legislators are already in town for committee meetings. But there's friction between the tribe and the Legislature over key provisions involving gambling games and money. / by Josh Hafenbrack / August 12, 2009

St. Louis County Planning Commission to hold hearing on casino project tonight

MO - The St. Louis County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today on a proposal for a casino complex on 376.82 acres along Riverview Drive in north St. Louis County. Edward Griesedieck, Said the earliest the complex could open is 2.5 years from now. "The proposed development is significantly at odds with sound floodplain management, driven in part by the requirement for casinos to be no more than 1000 feet from the main channel. Thus, the largest portion of the development is located not only in the floodplain, but in the floodway. The Rev. Harold Hendrick, Said the county should "stop predatory casinos. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / By Phil Sutin / 08.10.2009

St. Louis County councilman explains his smoking ban position

MO - St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, denies he is the sole reason that exemptions from casino floors and bars are in a ban on smoking in indoor public places that voters are likely to consider on Nov. 3. He said Tuesday he favors the exemptions. Others involved in negotiating a bill to put a smoking ban on the ballot also hold that view, he said. Pinnacle... Is building a casino in Lemay... The county invited Pinnacle to develop the casino site when it did not have a smoking ban, Stenger said. The county owns the site. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / By Phil Sutin / 08.13.2009

State weighing slots at MIA

FL - Miami-Dade officials are hoping they can some day install slot machines at Miami International Airport, but Florida gaming regulators this week are asking plenty of questions about the plan. At the top of their list: Is it even legal? In a letter to MIA, E.J. Barnes, a top official with the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, said Miami-Dade County may not qualify for a parimutuel gaming permit because such permits are limited to ``persons'' under state law. / Miami Herald / BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ / 08.07.09

States End Up Losers in Gambling Pullback

- States' revenue from casinos, slot machines and lotteries is falling for the first time in many of the 48 states that have grown to depend on gambling as a crucial source of income. Revenue contributed by commercial casinos to state and local governments was down 2.2% in 2008, to $5.7 billion, according to the American Gaming Association, an industry trade group. Nevada's gambling-tax revenue fell 15% in the fiscal year ended June compared with the same period a year earlier. Thanks to thousands of new slot machines, Indiana saw higher overall gambling revenue in the fiscal year ended June 2009, but the take was down at casinos that had been open at least a year. Commercial casinos also are competing with the expanding number of American Indian casinos, which now exist in 28 states. Tribal casinos don't pay taxes, though several states have forged agreements that pay them a share of the casino's revenue. Revenue at the 405 tribal casinos tracked by the National Indian Gaming Commission grew 2.3% to $26.7 billion in the fiscal year ended September 2008, compared with $26.1 billion from 391 casinos in the year-earlier period. / By CONOR DOUGHERTY / 8-10-09

States bank on gambling to boost revenue

- States are aggressively expanding legalized gambling, eager to shore up battered revenue sources during the economic crisis and concerned that residents will cross state lines to gamble elsewhere if they don't. "Politicians are pushed toward gambling when times get tough," says William Thompson, a public administration professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. "If it's gambling or a tax increase, / USA TODAY / By Dennis Cauchon / Aug 8, 2009

US Working With UN Could Signal Legalized Online Gambling

- The Obama Administration has made it known that he does not want the US to be viewed as troublemakers anymore throughout the world. Already, the US is in hot water with the European Commission over their online gambling laws. The EC has done an investigation and found that the US is in violation of European Union trade laws. The desire of Obama to reach out is what has people believing that he will eventually oversee the changing of online gambling laws. / / By Larry Rutherford / August 13, 2009

Valentino charged with public records violation

FL - State Attorney Bill Eddins launched the investigation against the District 2 commissioner in late June after local attorney Gregory Smith filed a complaint alleging that Valentino failed to comply with Smith's request under the public records law for e-mails related to a proposal to build a bingo casino on Perdido Key. The reason the charge against Valentino is noncriminal is because the State Attorney's Office found the violation to be unintentional. An intentional violation of the Sunshine Law could have resulted in a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. / Jamie Page / August 13, 2009

Woman Says Iowa Gambling Law Must Be Stricter

IA - An Iowa law designed to help addicted gamblers charges casinos with part of the responsibility for enforcement. Mary, who declined to use her last name for an interview, is a mother, businesswoman and gambling addict. She has gone to each Council Bluffs casino to ban herself for life. "I can't lose my home and my husband," Mary said. She said a stronger ban will keep problem gamblers away. She said casinos must start asking for IDs from all gamblers. / August 10, 2009