Hour Gambling

Hour Gambling

Rhode Island Casino Beginning 24 Hour Gambling This Weekend

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Rode Island lawmakers have been debating a new extended hours gambling Bill for a while now. After the governor of the state, Don Carcieri vetoed the Bill on Monday, lawmakers quickly struck back.

Both the House and the Senate voted to overturn the veto, which means that the states two casinos will now be able to be open around the clock on weekends and holidays. They will also be allowed to be open until 3:00 A.M. during the week.

One of the casinos, Twin Rivers in Lincoln, has already began preparing for twenty four hour gambling, which will come this weekend. The casino will soon be announcing promotions that will start at 2:00 A.M. on Saturday.

The new Bill will have a year to prove that it is worth expanding the casinos’ hours. The current Bil expires in June of next year, and lawmakers have until then to decide whether or not to renew or extend it.

Lawmakers overturned the governor’s veto because of the financial strain that is currently on the state. The revenue that will be generated by expanding the two casinos’ hours will go a long way in helping with a $568 million budget deficit.

Newport Grand, the other casino in the state is not moving as quickly to take advantage of the extended hours. They claim they will meet with city officials before they make the move to round the clock gambling.

Gambling Arrests In New Jersey Linked To Organized Crime

Police agencies have been doing their best to stop organized crime as of late. On Thursday, another twenty three people were named in an indictment that came down in Newark, New Jersey.

Organized crime has had a place in the history of New York and New Jersey for a long time. Police agencies have been working hard as of late to ensure that they put a dent in the families of organized crime.

The latest episode came on Thursday, when an indictment was unsealed that names twenty three people and had several crimes listed such as gambling, labor corruption, and racketeering. Not all of the people named were arrested, but most were rounde4d up by police officers.

Several of the people had ties to the Gambino crime family, including Andrew Merola, who according to the indictment was, “one of the Gambino crime family’s highest ranking members in New Jersey.” Charles Muccigrosso, also alleged to be a Gambino member, was also arrested.

 

Martin Taccetta was arrested in the sting. He was allegedly a former Lucchese family underboss. Police gathered information about the illegal activity through wire and automobile taps.

Others arrested included several members of various unions. The charges involve illegal gambling, labor racketeering, loansharking conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, and illegal gambling.

The gambling operation was run using a toll-free number, and involved sporting events and casino games. Agents that were being used to run the operation were also arrested on Thursday.

Gambling In Florida

Gambling In Florida

Republicans And Democrats Align To Stop Gambling In Florida

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The state of Florida is in a peculiar situation when it comes to expanded gambling involving the Seminole Indians and their casinos. A compact needs to be completed, but legislators, both Democrat and Republican, are putting personal interests in front of the good of the state.

Governor Charlie Crist is inciting some of his fellow Republicans by crossing party lines and lobbying for the completion of the Seminole Indians casino compact that he originally signed back in 2007. The conservative Republicans do not want any form of expanded gambling in the state.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are saying thanks, but no thanks, to the governor. They are supportive of expanded casino gambling in the state, but cannot go along with the compact because many of the Democrats in power in the state have ties to South Florida’s pari-mutuel tracks.

This has made the business of completing the compact with the Seminoles an almost impossible task. If the compact, as written, was put in place, the Seminoles would have had blackjack and baccarat exclusively to themselves.

Democrats will be lobbying that if a compact with the Seminoles is signed, that the exclusivity part should be taken out. If that is achieved, then they can begin to lobby for pari-mutuels to also be allowed the Las Vegas table games.

Republicans do not like either of these outcomes, so they are fighting to have no compact and no expanded gambling laws. That would leave them searching to replace the millions of dollars that would be lost from additional gambling revenue.

For the first time in a long time in the state, Democrats and Republicans have come together for a common cause. The irony is the common cause is the compact, something that could pump millions into a floundering state budget.

Video Poker

Video Poker

Rendell Doing Problem Gambling A Favor By Legalizing Video Poker

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Governor Ed Rendell has made a statement to politicians all across the US with his proposal to legalize video poker gambling in Pennsylvania. The message is simple, stop pretending that gambling does not already exist, instead, use it to the state’s advantage and help people with gambling problems at the same time.

“For years gambling laws have been hard to pass because politicians blindly claim that gambling does not exist in the states they govern. (Governor) Rendell’s proposal shows that there are actually politicians out there who do have a hand on the pulse of their citizens,” said legal analyst Terry Hruntlem.

What Rendell is proposing is taking the illegal activity that is taking place in bars and taverns across Pennsylvania, and legalizing and regulating the industry so that the state can benefit financially.

Now of course, this does not work in all situations. Politicians should not be lining up to legalize drugs and other illegal activity that happens on a daily basis, but in the gambling arena, government regulation actually would help many of the problems associated with its existence.

If Rendell’s plan is passed, it would certainly come with a strict set of guidelines for operators of the video gambling machines. In addition, one of the regulations could have something to do with problem gambling detection and treatment awareness.

“The more that politicians accept that gambling is part of the society in the US, the quicker the country can move towards helping people who abuse the recreational activity. With every state that legalizes a form of gambling comes additional treatment centers and public awareness of the problems related to gambling,” said counsellor Dorothy Freidman.

It is true that Rendell does not see the big picture. All he sees currently is the billions of dollars that can be generated from the industry. That does not mean, however, that good can not come from areas outside his vision.

In some states, law enforcement agencies are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and police illegal gambling activity. As previously reported here, that is money that could go towards helping problem gamblers instead of criminalizing them.

“As the governor said (tavern gambling) has been going on in Pennsylvania for many, many, years. The issue right now is that it’s totally unregulated,” said Amy Christie, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Tavern Association.

Opposition to this new proposal from Rendell could come from casinos operating legally in the state. With regulation of the tavern video poker machines would come more competition. They are waiting, however, to see how a potential Bill is written before they make a public statement.