Hong Kong chilling

August 27, 2002 5:55 AM
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Gambling may be taking a hit in Hong Kong.

A legislator has come out against both gambling as a whole and its affect on soccer matches.

"Football (soccer) is the favorite sport of young people and students and it must not be mixed with gambling," said Yeung Yiu-chung, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong.

Unlike horse racing where dividends are paid out after tax and commission are levied, payouts for soccer betting depend totally on the odds.

The dissenting opinion comes in the wake of public sentiment showing that gambling should be legalized in Hong Kong.

Gaming hot in Bama

Gambling has never been more popular than it is now in Alabama and the Poarch Creek Indians pay no state or local taxes.

The tribe is about to move in a gaming hall in Montgomery and rake in millions without paying a dime in taxes. Since 1984, parimutuel industry has paid over $400 million in taxes.

However, the four race tracks in Alabama are suffering because of the casino boom in Mississippi, the lotteries in Florida and Georgia and the expansion of Indian gambling inside the U.S. borders.

Poarch Creek tribal chairman Eddie Tullis said he plans to work with Harrah’s to build a $100 million gaming center complex that would open next year in Wetumpka.

The complex would include a multilevel gaming center with 1,000 high-stakes video gaming machines, a 200-room hotel, progressive jackpots as high as $60,000 and a riverboat landing so that customers can travel by boat from Montgomery.

Wisconsin hits limit

Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum said he would not approve any additional casinos.

The governor believes that 17 facilities is more than enough for the state.