Betting rah, rah, rah

Jun 24, 2003 7:19 AM

The odds are pretty good that people wish to bet now more than ever.

In 1998, the National Survey of Adult Gambling Behavior noted that 2-of-3 adult Americans had wagered at least once in the previous year. Last year, $60 billion was spent on gambling compared to $17 billion in 1977.

To many, the surprise is that there aren’t more cases such as the Neuheisel-college basketball betting pool at Washington and the McPherson-alleged bets on games at Florida State.

"I’m not shocked, and I’m sure the NCAA isn’t shocked," said Arnie Wexler, a recovering gambling addict from New Jersey. "It’s easier to place a bet on a college campus than it is to buy a can of beer."

Houston Chronicle


Keep fire going

Tarrant County residents like to play the slots and the local volunteer fire fighters say they may have to quit if they lose their cut from a $1.3 million a year gambling operation.

So, the mayor and police seem in no hurry to shut it down.

The Texas State House voted down legalizing charity slots by a 3-1 margin and won’t entertain the proposal again until 2005.

Yet, officials in this 1950s-era community of 4,200 people are still not saying when or if they will close the two gambling halls using the firefighters’ name.

Fort Worth Star Telegram


Not whistlin’ Dixie

Like the banks of the Old West, Northern Mississippi’s casinos have turned into prime targets for modern day bandits.

In the past two months, seven area casinos have been robbed ”” some of them multiple times. Investigators in Tunica County have arrested at least eight people in connection with the recent casino robberies.

"I don’t know what’s going on down there, but we’ve never had anything like that," said Keith Copher, chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement Division.

"I’m not sure if security is more sophisticated here, but experience probably comes into play."

Clarksdale Press Register


We’ve got game-bling

Nothing petrifies sports officials like gambling, so the WNBA has taken great pains to say there is no sports book at the casino and Mohegan Sun employees get fired if they engage in gambling on the premises.

The Connecticut Sun, formerly the Orlando Miracle, is the first WNBA franchise not owned by the league. The Mohegan Sun offered a reported $10 million for the team.

"If you can capture someone who has disposable income and get them to spend money on a game, then in a restaurant and in a store, then if they have extra income to gamble with, what’s better than that," said Mohegan Sun GM Christopher Sienko.

"It’s bringing people in and familiarizing them with the product." he said.

Orlando Sentinel