21 beats 18 in Conn

May 27, 2003 2:34 AM

21 beats 18 in Conn

The Norwich Bulletin reported that the Connecticut state Senate passed a bill last Thursday making it illegal for minors to get on a casino floor. A Mohegan tribal spokesman said it would help efforts to keep people under 21 off casino floors.

Minors found on a gaming floor would be charged with a misdemeanor and subject to a $100 fine. The law takes effect Oct. 1 with the governor’s signing.

"We don’t want (casinos) them spending all of their time chasing minors and getting them off the floor," said Mohegan tribal spokesman Charles Bunnell.

Pawlenty of doubts

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has its doubts whether gambling is good for Minnesota, and apparently so does Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

The governor’s closest allies in the state legislature and 70 percent of Minnesotans, according to two newspaper polls, would have approved establishing a casino to produce new revenue.

"If legislators want to do what’s best for Minnesota, they should take up Pawlenty’s suggestion and make a serious between-sessions study of state gaming policy.

Hall & Oates vs slots

The Toronto Star reports that Casino Rama, Ontario’s premier concert venue, has become a haven for "washed up performers." And, they’re not showing up.

Acts like the Pointer Sisters, Brian Wilson and Hall & Oates were booked to distract visitors away from the blackjack table. But, all three cancelled. SARS?

Apparently, the Pointer Sisters had a family emergency and the others cited personal reasons. Also booked were Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Huey Lewis & The News, Herman’s Hermits and the Doobie Brothers.