Louisiana starts its
bettors young

Apr 16, 2003 5:13 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here are portions of opinion pieces and unusual happenings pertaining to gaming activities across the USA.

The Louisiana state health department released a study of gambling that points to residents making their first wagers at much younger ages.

"I think the good thing we found here is that they are not gambling in casinos or going where they are not supposed to go," said Ronald J. Vogel of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, which conducted the study. "The security there is apparently working."

Vogel said students tend to gamble in informal situations such as card games with friends. The study found that more people wagered in southeastern Louisiana, with most of the action occurring in New Orleans.

The Associated Press

Ohio voters decide

Gambling in Ohio has its best chance ever to pass, considering that the state is facing its worst budget crisis in more than 50 years.

Ohio may have to deal with a $4-to-$5 billion budget deficit over the next two years and is nearly surrounded by three states that allow casino gambling. Video slots could generate as much as $900 million a year to the state economy.

New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas and Maryland are also considering legislation and proposals to legalize racinos.

The Marion Star

Trump gets trumped

Gambling and hotel tycoon Donald Trump poured millions of dollars into the state of Connecticut to develop the state’s next Indian casino, but apparently all for nothing.

The newly reunited Eastern Pequots want Southport golf course developer David A. Rosow, who is funded by Palm Beach yachtsman and investor William Koch among others. The Eastern Pequots council voted 8-4 against Trump.

Koch is ranked No. 354 on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans with assets worth about $650 million. Trump, who is 92nd with assets of $1.9 billion, said he would not walk away from Connecticut’s lucrative casino market without a fight.

The Hartford Courant