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Drinks on Senecas

Sep 3, 2002 2:34 AM

The Seneca Indian casino planned for Niagara Falls, N.Y., seems a good bet to serve alcohol, according to a Buffalo News report.

"When you look at resorts and entertainment, you kind of expect it," said Barry Snyder Sr., a tribal councilor for the Senecas. "Alcohol would be limited to a small area on location in the casino. People would not be able to take it out of the casino into the rest of our territory."

Snyder disputed reports in a Niagara Falls, Ont., newspaper that it was unlikely alcohol would be served because it violates tribal law.

Alcohol is a big part of casino life. In Atlantic City and Las Vegas, gamblers often receive complimentary drinks.

A Niagara Falls, N.Y., casino would stop the flow of American gamblers spending money on the Canadian side of the border at Casino Niagara.

"In Las Vegas casinos, typically drinks are free and they don’t do that out of the goodness of their hearts," said Joel S. Rose, chairman of Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County. "They know people who drink gamble more."