Jai alai closureopens gaming

Jul 8, 2003 4:19 AM

After 27 years as a fixture in Newport, R.I., the jai alai players are waiting to play their last match. The pending closing of the jai alai fronton could open the door for a Las Vegas style casino.

That turns out to be a question no one seems to have seriously considered.

"It would be an uphill battle," said Rep. Paul Crowley, D-Newport. "There are a lot of ifs."

Anti-gambling sentiment has been running high in Rhode Island, lessening the chances of the fronton being turned into a casino.

Newport This Week

Gaming breeds buffets

Here’s a few theories on why casinos need buffets.

Gamblers, having just been relieved of that cumbersome weight in their wallets, stumble in and comfort themselves with heaping plates of food.

Gamblers collapse in front of the nearest slot machine and continue to feed it quarters until their digestive systems get the situation under control. The extended time one spends in a buffet creates the illusion that one has actually left the casino.

One crucial mark of a solid buffet is the speed with which new trays of food are brought into the fray. Crab legs are just about the perfect buffet food. A good, strong cup of coffee might be in order if driving back to Portland the same evening.

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