Miss America slot coming

September 03, 2002 2:30 AM
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Seeing Miss America introduced as a slot machine is enough to make past winners turn in their crowns.

Reigning queen Katie Harman said the use of Miss America’s likeness on a slot machine is demeaning. She has support from former winners Leanza Cornett and Marian Bergeron.

Others like the idea of combining Atlantic City’s original claim to fame with its current one. A.C. Coin & Slot, which developed the Miss America Slots, will unveil its latest creation Sept. 20 at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

The pageant will receive millions of dollars in revenue from the machines over the next four years. The licensing fee will be used to fund scholarships.

The 25-cent machine, with jackpots of up to $625 for three-coin plays, features a bonus round in which the head, torso and feet line up to form the image of a Miss America winner.

Harman’s reign ends Sept. 21 with the crowning of Miss American 2003. In February, she opposed the idea but was told the machines wouldn’t hit casinos until she stepped down.

In fact, the slot machines will be introduced Sept. 15 at the Global Gaming Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Nebraska fights for votes

A number of state senators in Nebraska are urging voters to reject a constitutional amendment that would legalize video slot machines.

The statement from the 14 senators against the slots said that the overall tax burden would be increased on Nebraska citizens.

"We are already short on money in Nebraska," the statement stated. "We cannot afford the increased tax load and social cost of video slot gambling."

Idaho court passes

The State Supreme Court is going to leave it up to Idaho voters to decide the future of gambling at Indian reservations.

The measure would legalize the 3,000 electronic gambling machines already in use on the reservations. Talk of the measure is moot, however, says the court until the voters settle the issue.

Rob Smith, an attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe, said the decision was a victory for Idaho voters.

Macau wants discounts

The chairman of the Macau Jockey Club would like to see discount wagers on Hong Kong horse races.

The club has proposed giving bettors a 10 percent higher return on their money if they wager on the Hong Kong races from the former Portuguese island.

The chairman of the Macau club has offered to meet with the bosses of the Hong Kong Jockey Club to smooth out their differences.

ALSO: The chairman of the National Gaming Commission is expected to step down next week, leaving the agency without a quorum to conduct a $12 billion industry.

An Alabama circuit judge has ruled that adult arcade operators cease operating video redemption machines in the state until the legality question is answered...