EDITOR’S NOTE: Here are portions of opinion pieces and unusual happenings pertaining to gaming activities across the USA.
There is at least one California newspaper that believes the state should take a hard look at the direction gaming is headed.
"Given the complex legal issues involved in tribal rights to establish casinos on their land, we ought to be having a serious statewide discussion to settle the issue of where gambling operations should be located, how big they should be, what games shall be allowed and whether there will be any regulation and by whom?"
This paper is not opposed to gambling.
The Visalia Times-Delta
A small $100 million
Reporter Karen Florin writes that Foxwoods is feeling the pressure of keeping up with rival Mohegan Sun for the Metropolitan Area dollars. However, the Connecticut casino resort is coming under some fire for "only" forking up $100 million for improvements.
A day after the Pequots announced they would begin work right away on a 120,000 square foot expansion of Foxwoods, including a seven-story parking garage, public officials and gaming industry observers were wondering where the rest of the plan was.
Apparently there have been rumors of a 54-story hotel and an enclosed water park.
New London, Conn.
Congress won’t let up
Gamblers are betting unprecedented amounts on college sports, so much that the total wagered on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year in Nevada might for the first time exceed money bet on the Super Bowl.
Yet Congress continues to push ahead for legislation that would eliminate gambling on college sports.
Los Angeles Times.com
Note: Fortunately, the Nevada lobby is strong and a number of sports book directors led by Imperial Palace’s Jay Kornegay have told GamingToday that they will lead the fight to keep the status quo.
Bay adds a Fountain
Las Vegas has Celine Dion, so why can’t the Mississippi Gulf Coast sign Pete Fountain?
The New Orleans jazz legend will play Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis twice a week for 48 weeks starting April 29. Fountain, 72, divides his time between a New Orleans lakefront home and a beachfront residence in Bay St. Louis.
"I’m shifting to the casino business after 43 years in the saloon business," Fountain said.
The Gulfport/Biloxi Sun Herald