2004 favorable for
Maryland slots

Apr 22, 2003 3:55 AM

It seems even the staunchest opponents to gambling in Maryland concede that they won’t be able to block video slots from winding up in the state’s major racetracks next year.

It’s inevitable," said Sally Jameson, a Democratic delegate to the State General Assembly. "There is no revenue out there. You will definitely see a new slots proposal."

Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich was able to push through the Senate a plan to legalize slots at four Maryland racetracks. However, the bill was killed in a House committee.

The Governor claimed the slots would help close a $2 billion deficit.

The Washington Post

Florida has no clue

Brevard County (Fla.) was hoping to avoid cutting 1,000 jobs, but apparently state Sen. Mike Haridopolos won’t budge in his anti-gambling stance.

The newly-elected Melbourne Republican introduced legislation that would ban cruise to nowhere gambling trips from Florida ports, including Port Canaveral in his home county.

The port, a major regional economic engine, gets 15 percent of its budget (or $5 million a year) from fees paid by the ships. The cruises allow gambling outside the three-mile limit of U.S. waters.

Florida Today

Rube’s spirit lives

The late Pulitzer Prize winner Rube Goldberg probably would have liked the newest slot machine at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

"The Amazing Cash Contraption," a two-story device, sends a bowling ball through a series of chutes, tubes and glassed-in display cases full of levers, gears and false hammers.

The ball eventually circles an entire slot machine section before landing. The person playing the slot at that time wins a jackpot of between $5 and $10,000.

The Associated Press