Bennett’s problem
impacts gaming

May 13, 2003 12:43 AM

American Gaming Association President Fahrenkopf Jr., rightly understands the impact his friend William Bennett has on the industry when he goes off on a gambling binge.

"This is an issue that is not going away," Fahrenkopf said during a session of the 10th annual Southern Gaming Summit last Thursday in Biloxi, Miss. "The 1 percent of problem gamblers are a major issue."

Bennett, who admitted to suffering gambling losses of over $850,000 in visits to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, heads Empower America. The organization, co-chaired by former New York congressman and Buffalo Bills QB Jack Kemp, is anti-gambling.

Biloxi Sun Herald

Vegas on Delaware

Having video slot machines at Pennsylvania racetracks isn’t enough to satisfy House Speaker John Perzel, the state’s most powerful lawmaker.

"If this is about making money, we ought to just go out and make the money," the Republican leader said. "The real revenue jackpot is in casinos."

Perzel is basing much of his idea on a recent Boyd Gaming Corp report showing Philadelphia could support three casinos and Pittsburgh two.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Hamptons anti-change

Things got exciting several months ago in the Hamptons when talk of casinos began gaining momentum. But the odds are against chips being exchanged in the land of Gatsby anytime soon.

Neighbors and local politicians erupted in anger and fear when hearing that the Shinnecock Indians were considering opening a casino in eastern Long Island. The negativity is based on thoughts of massive traffic jams and overdevelopment of the resort.

Newsday

Trumped in Kansas

Billionaire developer Donald Trump will not pursue plans for a downtown casino in Wichita, Kansas.

Wichita Greyhound Park owner Phil Ruffin, who has been seeking legalized casino gambling for years, is a partner with Trump in a 300-unit condo in Las Vegas.

The Wichita Eagle