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Cleveland rises

to Niagara Falls

Aug 12, 2003 1:42 AM

Never mind Ohio lawmakers have put off the issue of adding slot machines to state racetracks for another day. Residents of greater Cleveland have more close-by places to drop their quarters than ever before.

The latest casino added to the regional landscape opened New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The casino offers 2,625 slot machines, 93 table games, free drinks to gamblers and the all-you-can-eat Thunder Falls Buffet that earns high marks from visitors.

Seneca Niagara isn’t the only option. Traveling west to Detroit offers gaming in the Motor City and Windsor, Ontario. Then there’s the proposal for French Lick, Ind., which could become the state’s 11th casino locale.

And, there are those racinos in West Virginia. Ohio has a plan for 2,500 slots at each of the seven racetracks. People do have other options.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

WNBA gamble works

The WNBA, which gave the Mohegan tribe ownership of the former Orlando Miracle for a reported $10 million, is considered the first major sports league to become involved with a gambling establishment.

The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut has been the host site for the franchise, which has been on a recent winning streak. Fans can enter the 10,000-seat arena without going into the casino.

"I heard someone say, "Well, it’s bad for the kids," Mohegan Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "What’s different than going with mom and dad to the store to buy lottery tickets once or twice a week? The atmosphere is different because you gamble by the tomato section."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Casino war in L.I.

Where success is defined by million-dollar beach houses, the natives now want their share in the Hamptons.

A proposed Indian casino has created an uproar, putting the Shinnecocks against settlers unaccustomed to independent-minded Indians.

The Shinnecocks say they don’t need federal approval for a casino in an area of 180,000 each summer. "People are very scared," said Southhampton town rep Patrick Heaney.

The Hartford Courant