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I've read a lot of this before going back to when casinos opened in
Atlantic City but this is so timely and so well written I had to share
it with you. Isaiah does a good job of voicing the concerns of the
anti gambling groups and presenting what's going on behind slots and
how they seduce you.
became a major gambling state literally overnight. Act 71, the law
which legalized slot casinos here, was passed in the middle of the
night on July 4, 2004, without public input, public hearings or — it is
increasingly clear — any meaningful research by the state.
that there isn't any out there. Pennsylvania's decision flew in the
face of, among other things, the recommendations of the National
Gambling Impact Study Commission, which reported on gambling to
Congress in 1999, concluding that the problems gambling caused were so
serious that they warranted a nationwide moratorium.
legislators, though, apparently felt they could overcome these
challenges. To that end, Act 71 created the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board (PGCB) — a kind of mini-government, really, but funded entirely
by gaming revenues — charged with two missions: To "protect the
interest of the public by ensuring the integrity of legalized gaming,"
and to "[fulfill] the objectives of limited gaming in the Commonwealth
to deliver a significant source of revenue."
But there is
substantial evidence that those two missions — protecting the public
and facilitating legalized gaming — are inherently at odds.
At the crux of this conflict is the very gambling institution the state has billed as least harmful: slots.
known as "convenience casinos," slots-only (or slots-mostly) gambling
parlors located in highly populated areas are precisely the model that
Foxwoods and SugarHouse casinos hope to replicate here in Philadelphia.
If they do, we will be the largest city in the United States to host
In pushing for casinos, Gov. Ed Rendell and others have
portrayed slots as a safe medium, a cautious stepping stone to a
possible future expansion of gambling to table games, as if roulette or
craps posed the greater threat to the safety and sanctity of public
life in Pennsylvania.
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