Cincinnati Trying Again To Bring Casino Gambling To The City

In the state of Ohio voters were asked back in the last election about a casino measure and it did not pass. That did not deter lawmakers, however, and they have come back with yet another constitutional amendment that would bring casino gambling to several cities throughout the state.

Cincinnati is one of those cities. They are attempting to bring a casino to the outskirts of downtown along Broadway Commons. The support for this casino is coming from many different areas.

“We think we’re going to be successful, and it’s a very exciting time for Cincinnati,” said City Councilman Jeff Berding. He is in favor of the new amendment and believes that others in the state are now as well.

My Ohio Now pushed strongly for Issue 6 in the last election, but it was defeated. That was mainly because there was opposition from Penn National, who did not want the competition. The two sides will be on the same side of the argument in the future.

“When the two forces came together, My Ohio Now and Penn National, and said, ‘Yes, we want to join up and have a casino program in Ohio,’ that really gave this a boost,” said Berding.

Last election there was only one area that was going to get the casino, if approved. This time around, the state is being sure to include other areas. Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus would all receive casinos if the current plan is approved.

China Changing Lottery Laws For First Time in Over Twenty Years

China became active in the lottery industry back in 1987. Back then, everything was new and fun with the lottery. Recent reports of addictions with devastating effects has prompted the government to look into changing regulations within the lottery.

New regulations may be put in place to ensure that people are safe guarded as much as possible against gambling addiction. The new laws would make it more difficult to develop addiction to the lottery.

While gambling is illegal in China, the lottery is not. That leaves people who are looking to gamble with only one option. That means that addiction to the lottery could occur more frequently than in countries where other forms of gambling are offered.

One of the proposed changes is that minors will not be allowed to participate in the lottery. Another change will be that people will not be allowed to purchase lottery tickets with a credit card.

The Chinese government is still getting public opinion on the matter of the proposed changes. The final results will come out later in the year with the new regulations.

Like most countries outside of the United States, China is addressing the problem by finding solutions, rather than just banning the revenue generating activity all together.


ATM Machines Banned at Gambling Halls in Victoria in 2012

Victoria is leading the way in an efoort to cut down on the amount of gambling taking place. Premier John Brumby announced ATM machines would no longer be allowed at places with poker machines starting in 2012.

The current gaming licenses expire in 2012, which makes that the date that the new laws would go into effect. The law would ban ATM machines from clubs or bars that offered video poker.

“A lot of Victorian problem gamblers and their families are going to suufer terribly in the four years until this government finally takes some minimal action towards dealing with the problem,” said Michael O’Brien, opposition gaming spokesman.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had talks with Brumby on Monday. The talks led to the decision that barring ATM machines would cut down on problem gambling.

The hope is that other states in Australia follow the lead of Victoria. The idea, on the surface, appears to be a good one.

Anyone who wants to withdraw money to gamble would have to go to another location to do so. That time would give the gambler time to reconsider their decision to withdraw the money.

Club owners have asked Rudd to not make the rule a national one. So far there has been no decision on whether he was considering expanding the law outside of Victoria.

Cell Phone Ban in Casino Sports Books Coming To An End in Nevada

Cell phones used to give an advantage to the sharp bettor in Nevada casino sports books. They would use the devices to relay information back and forth between casinos, to see who had the most favorable lines.

The Gaming Control Board in the state banned the use of cell phones in these sports books to stop the illegal wagering. Now, in a day and age where the cell phone has become the main form of communication by most people, the Board is considering lifting the ban.

“When the law was enacted, probably the only guys using cell phones were book makers and drug dealers. Since then, even my 12 year old has a cell phone. The whole landscape has changed dramatically,” said Chris Andrews, from Leroy’s Race and Sports Book.

The people running the sports books have also gotten much more advanced at spotting anyone engaging in illegal betting operations inside the sports books. This advancement has led to less of a need for strict rules regarding cell phones.

The people who are in charge of this issue of cell phones will be holding public workshops. Once that has been concluded, the likely plan of action will be to eliminate the ban.

Another concern with the current laws is that it is almost impossible to stop cell phones from being used. Everyone has them, and telling the everyday person who roams into a sports book they cannot use their phone is more of a hassle than it is worth.

Catawba Tribe Loses Supreme Court Poker Battle in South Carolina

Most Indian tribes are not regulated by state laws and are usually governed by themselves, this is not the case, however, for the Catawba Indian Tribe in South Carolina.

In 1993, a land settlement was reached over 144,000 acres of land that the tribe had argued was illegally taken from them in an 1840 treaty. The Indian tribe was awarded its land, or at least 630 acres of it, along with $50 million and having its rights as a nation restored.

Along with that, the tribe felt that since they were no longer bound by the laws of South Carolina that they would have no problem putting video poker machines on their reservations.

They were wrong, and after being told the machines would not be allowed, they brought the matter to the Supreme Court. After learning of the Supreme Court’s decision, Tribe attorney Jay Bender had this shocking reaction, “At every opportunity the state has tried to trim back what it agreed to give the tribe to get the land claim settled. I guess in my cynical evaluation I have continued to believe that screwing Indians is still public policy in South Carolina.”

The state attorney did not respond to the comments immediately.

The Catawbas became the 317th recognized Indian Tribe back in 1994, and although they were disappointed about the outcome, they will push forward with their ultimate goal, which is bringing high stakes bingo to their reservation.